Giraffes, Giraffes, Giraffes

It has been a busy off season here at the zoo with the birth of 3 giraffes!

Daisy was born 1/11/14, Rocket born 2/19/14 and Maximus “Max” born 4/3/14!  All the calves are doing very well and are growing big and strong.  Hopefully we will be able to let the calves out into the outer yard for opening, but we do have to be careful of the weather and make sure it is nice and warm for their safety!

Reminder: Giraffe Encounters will begin in MAY (weekends only)

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Rocket was born February 19, 2014

Max born 4/3/14

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Zookeeper Report

1890653_10151681060022465_843054183_oWe recently celebrated the 5th birthday of Molly, a reticulated giraffe.  We made her a “cake” of carrots, sweet potatoes, romaine lettuce and grain to celebrate her special day.  She devoured the goodies, but we were able to share some with the rest of the giraffes!  As you have probably seen, we have had two baby giraffes born here since the New Year.  Daisy was born on Jan 11, 2014 and was very sick shortly after birth.  However, with the help of Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, Daisy is a healthy giraffe and stands at over 7 feet tall!  Rocket was born on February 19, 2014 and was smaller than Daisy at birth, but we think he will grow big and strong. We are really excited about the babies and can’t wait to share them with our visitors in April.  This has been a long winter for all of us and we are ready for Spring!

Giraffe Encounters

Some Wonderful Pictures from Laura Vear

Laura Vear – a long time advocate of Southwick’s Zoo and good friend, took some wonderful pictures and we would like to share them with you..  Some of these photos and more are on sale in the Purple Peacock Gift Shop.

Copyrighted by Laura Vear, Bitteroot Photography 

Zookeepers Report

We feel very lucky that all of the animals, staff, and zoo suffered little damage due to Tropical Storm Irene.  We’d like to thank everyone for their concern and really appreciate your support.  We had a lot of clean up in the exhibits and in the park itself.  Many of the animals enjoyed the leaves, twigs, and branches that fell!  The hoofstock like the Giraffe’s, Warthogs, Aoudads, Goats, etc. love to eat the leaves and the primates love to play with the sticks and pull the bark off the branches!  All of our animals were very secure and the storm didn’t phase them one bit! We’ve had a lot of new babies in the last month or so and we are excited as fall rolls around the corner with the arrival of our new White Rhinos!  They are on site…when they get acclimated to their enviornment and to us they will go out into their new habitat!  We are very excited!

These pictures we took after the storm…see the zebras and ostrich grazing as soon as the sun came out!

Zookeeper’s Report

Sorry for not posting this season yet!  We have been very busy getting the zoo ready for summer!  We’ve just opened a new Giraffe Habitat and our 2 1/2 yr old Molly Giraffe had to be acclimated to the new exhibit and her new friends Midas and Pina.  We are offering a Giraffe Encounter for $10.00 per person where you’ll learn about the giraffes and get up close to feed them!  This is a great program with a limited amount of tickets and we are so excited about our new exhibit.  On June 16th, our visitors and staff were able to watch a red deer being born right near the train station.  It was great that our visitors got to experience this amazing event. Here are some pictures as it happens.  Red deer momma is a great mom and she took care of her newborn right from birth to nudging the fawn up to suckle! What a beautiful moment and we wanted to share it with you!  There have been many other babies born and we are expecting a few more this coming summer, so stop by the zoo soon!