Zookeeper Report


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!

Zookeepers Report….UPDATE: Clyde the male White Rhino over 40 yrs old passed away due to natural causes. He is greatly missed.

We’ve had an exciting Fall so Far.  Zookeeper Duane reports that our new young female White Rhinos are doing great and adapting well to their new environment.  They’ve taken to Duane and the girls were a little fearful at first but have really warmed up to their home and are venturing outside more and more each day.  We are really grateful that we were able to help protect these amazing animals.  It has been a long haul for these girls and we are happy they are in a stable environment and we were a part of their species survival plan!  Zookeeper Michelle reports that a baby Schmidt’s Guenon was born 2 weeks ago and is doing really well.  Schmidt’s Guenons are an endangered species, so breeding in captivity is very promising for them!  They are a curious group and can be seen playing, jumping on each other, and swinging on each other’s tail! They are very curious about the new baby.  Some of the other females will help groom or hold the baby. We spied the toddler born last year pulling at the newborn’s tail!  Kids will be kids!


Zookeeper’s Report

There have been a lot of babies born here at the zoo in the last few weeks.  The Bearded Pig babies can be found at the Earth Discovery Center during the day…they are so cute!  The baby chimpanzee has developed her teeth and her mom is starting to teach her how to walk!  The baby mandrill monkey is getting more adventurous!  He can be seen jumping off mom, playing, bouncing and being very much an active toddler!

Here are some pictures we’ve taken from the zookeeper’s eye…Schmidt’s Guenon Feeding Time, Baby Roo, and the Gold Bengal Tiger (they’re growing so fast!).

Primate Zookeepers Michelle, Ruth, & Jess Report

We’ve had a Grivet Monkey born on December 31, 2008 and more recently a Schmidt’s Guenon baby born on January 11, 2009.  Moms and babies are doing great and they’re growing so fast. We’ve been focusing on enrichment for the primates and getting creative. We’ve made newspaper pinatas and stuffed boxes with hay and food treats, then wrapped them for the animals to open.  The primates were very interested in these items and especially had fun making a mess getting to the goodies!

All enrichment activities and food treats are approved by the veterinarian.