Zookeepers Report

The Zookeepers are pretty excited about the Animals & Pumpkins next week.  This is the first season that we will be open when the zookeepers give pumpkins to the animals and we’re all curious about what the animals will do with them! The zookeepers are asking for some fall produce donations for the animals for enrichment activities.  The zookeepers would like to thank everyone who have brought donations like blankets, toys, radios. etc. for the animals.   Cornstalks were donated by Whittier Farms last week and given to some of the animals.  The Mangabey monkeys ripped them apart, the capuchins played with them, some of the other animals tried to eat them…it was a great success! An African Crested Porcupine was born a couple of weeks ago and will spend some of his days at the Earth Discover Center when not with his foster family (momma porcupine wasn’t able to care for him).  He is so cute!

Zookeepers Report

Babies are being born here at Southwick’s Zoo!  Vervet Monkeys were born on December 29, 2009 and Jan 6, 2010.  Baby African Crested Porcupines were born on Jan 6, 2010, a Debrazza Monkey born November 15, 2009.  We’re still keeping a close watch on Patsy our Dromedary Camel….she is due to give birth this winter!  The Cats loved the last snowfall!  Some of our friends have asked us what we do with the alligator and tortoises in the winter?  We bring them indoors to the winter quarters housing for the animals that do not have proper indoor/outdoor enclosures.  The alligator enters a state of dormancy, kind of like a hibernation during the winter!  Here are some pictures of our recent babies!

Zookeepers Report

Wow!  We sure were busy this summer and the animals are doing great adjusting to the winter months.  The Big Cats enjoy the brisk weather and the falling leaves.  We’ve had a few babies born recently. We’ve had to hand raise an African Crested Porcupine that was born on Sept 8th and twin Patagonian Cavies born Oct. 14th. We weren’t sure if the Cavies were going to make it, but under the steadfast dedication of Rowland Gravel and the Southwick’s Zoo & Earth Discovery Center’s team, they are now thriving! We’d like to thank the volunteers from Uxbridge School District for helping rake and make animal enrichment activites! Pictures: African Crested Porcupine, with children’s author Valarie Giogas, and a baby Patagonian Cavy.