We are proud to announce that Spotted Hyena have arrived at Southwick’s Zoo for the 2012 season. Hyenas are extremely intelligent animals with their cunning behavior, superior hunting/scavenging skills and vocalizations for communication….just to name a few. The new hyena exhibit is located right next to deer forest and the beautiful giraffe habitat. Stop by, watch for a while and learn about these amazing animals.
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!
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!