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Taj (left) and Kya (right) with enrichment snowman

Taj (left) and Kya (right) with enrichment snowman

Well it is almost Spring and we still have snow here at the zoo.  The snow is slowly melting when we get the beautiful sunshine. Many people have asked us about enrichment for the animals.  I think we enjoy enrichment as much as the animals do as it is a way to be creative and fun!  We made different types of snow creatures for the animals this winter since there was A LOT of snow.  We stuff the snow creatures with goodies for the animals so they have to dig around, destroy and find the treats.  Above, we used marrow bones for the big cats.  After this picture was taken, the girls destroyed the snowman to get to the goodies.  We want to thank you for sending emails asking us if we would like donations for the animals.  We say YES!  If anyone is looking to donate for enrichment, we are looking for big Boomer Balls for the large animals and small boomer balls for the smaller animals.  We are also looking for blankets and towels.  We can’t thank our supporters and visitors enough for their love of animals and generosity!

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  1. Zookeeper. I have loved Southwick since I was a child. I now work in a school running enrichment programs and have visited every summer with my 100 + campers. One of my students is passionate about the big cats and we wondered if we could visit to bring some blankets and towels for the animals. Even though the zoo is closed, we’d like to come and hang out and get a peek at the cats. He is especially fond of the Tigers and Southwick is the only zoo that has tigers in this area. We’ll follow up with a phone call next week!!!

    • Southwickszoo Admin says:

      Hi Elayne. We truly appreciate your interest in the zoo, but unfortunately we cannot allow visitors to the zoo while we are closed. Our insurance doesn’t allow it and we are very busy preparing for the opening weekend. We hope you come visit us once we are open for the season though!

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