On behalf of the zookeeping staff at Southwick’s Zoo, we’d like to thank everyone for a great summer. The weather was very good and we have been very busy. Thank you to the folks who have donated items for the animals, we truly appreciate it as you can see from some of the pictures of the chimpanzees, all the spare towels, bedding and t-shirts go to good use! We have completed the cotton top tamarin exhibit and are working on a new wolf’s guenon exhibit (they are in a temporary exhibit at this time) and we can’t wait until completion so these amazing primates will have lots of space to live and play! We also wanted to remind everyone that it is rut season for the deer and elk. This means that we are separating out the big, dominant males from the population so it will seem that there are less deer in the deer forest. Also at this time of year, the deer generally slow down or stop feeding in the afternoon so we suggest to visit the deer forest earlier in the day!
Fall is mating season for many of the animals here at the zoo. The Sika Deer and the Elk are some of the animals with the loudest vocals during mating or rut season. The elk have a series of loud vocalizations to attract the females and to show the other males who is boss. The males will spar with other males using their antlers which is an amazing sight to see. The males will eventually shed their antlers later this fall. You can see the elk when taking the Woodland Express Train ride. We have quite a few elk and we have some young elk with their mothers. Don’t worry if you hear a loud pitch scream type of sound, that is just the bugling of the elk!