Zookeeper Report Baby Yak Born

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Just as the zoo opened on June 26, 2013 our female Yak was in labor!  Some of our very lucky visitors witnessed the birth of the Baby Yak…a very special experience!  Momma and baby are doing great and are under our watch.  Yaks are very hearty animals and the baby stood to nurse right away.  In the heat that we have been experiencing we have taken special precautions with cooling down animals under our care and providing extra shade!  It takes a lot of teamwork and diligence to make sure every animal is safe and comfortable in the heat….especially mommas and new babies!  To be honest, animals do handle the heat much better than us humans!!!  Stay hydrated and safe in the heat everyone…and if you are visiting the zoo; take advantage of our mist tents and drink plenty of water!  We have a lot of shade in the park so we are very lucky!

Zookeeper Report post Blizzard 2013

Tibetan Yak after the Blizzard of 2013

We have to thank the grounds crew for keeping up with the snow!  We received over 30″ of snow during a 2 day period and snow removal is always an issue when there is so much of it!  Many of our animals who can go in and outdoors were seen out in the blizzard!  The Yaks and the Camels especially didn’t wait for us to clear out in front of their indoor enclosures, they did it all by themselves.  The lion took a venture outside once the sun came out and rolled about in the snow.  All our animals did great during the storm, it’s the human folk that are still digging out.  Happy Valentine’s Day!