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!

 

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!