Zookeepers Michelle and Ruth Report

The snow can be a challenge for us zookeepers and for the animals!  Some absolutely love it, some don’t want to even go near it!  Enrichment Activities are very important during the winter where the animals may not get as much exercise as they would outside.  We’ve been doing all kinds of enrichment for the animals.  We’ve taken a run by Salvation Army to grab a lot of things for the animals to explore and discover.  We’ve made hay boxes stuffed with hidden “goodies”, usually special veggies!  We’ve used pvc pipes, clothing, cardboard boxes, water bottles filled with hidden items, and so much more.  We really appreicate everyone who has dropped off items for the animals, it really helps us during the winter!!  We’re always looking for enrichment ideas and donations!  You can contact us at primates@www.southwickszoo.com or for the cats and hoofed animals, zookeeper@www.southwickszoo.com if you have any questions!  We’ve taken these pictures last week, hope you enjoy them.

Primate Keeper Michelle reports

We’ve had a couple of monkeys born within the last 2 months, the babies and moms are doing great!  The Chimps and Mandrills love the snow!  Today was their first real taste of snow for the season, they like to come out and check it out then go back in where it is warm!! We’re looking for donations of blankets, towels, and sheets for the primates.  The chimps epecially love to walk around and wrap themselves in blankets! We’re also looking for a radio/cd player…they love music!  The hoofstock keepers are looking for a push broom, buckets, and feed pans from Nasco….we’ll take anything new or used! We’d like to thank everyone for their donations and holiday wishes for the animals, we have much to be thankful for!  Happy Holidays!