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Welcome to the 2015 season! We have been working hard make new improvements to the park during the offseason!
We have added several hundred feet of new water lines throughout the park, and installed new drains and electric lines
The new Eurasian Eagle Owl exhibit was recently finished at the end of August, and Luna and Cullie are now enjoying their new home that has been designed to provide space for natural flight and other natural behaviors. A safety glass viewing area has been provided for guests to get a great look at these rare and impressive raptors.
Our tiger and camel exhibits were resurfaced with sand. Kit Kat is our 13 year old male Bengal Tiger, and he has arthritis. He is under close veterinary care and is taking special supplements to help relieve his symptoms. We added over 60,000 pounds of sand to the tiger exhibit alone- this sand now cushions Kit Kat's every step, and also helps to relieve his pain.
*We have a newly renovated bat house in 2015 for our Egyptian Fruit Bats.
The goats received a new playground in the petting zoo.
Our Giraffe Stand is new in 2015! Located across from the giraffes, you can purchase refills for your buckets of feed or carrots, large lettuce leaves (3 for $1) to feed the giraffes, or even bottled water and SunnyD for just $1 for the humans!
We now have an additional picnic area! We still have our larger picnic area, but this year we have seating for approximately 30 people under our covered porch. This is open to the public, and may be reserved for groups and birthday parties.
You are not seeing things- that is a giant King Kong just outside of our playground! Kids can sit on his hand for pictures, and it makes a great photo opportunity.
Baby Porcupines are called "Porcupettes," and one of these adorable babies ws born on September 7th. At birth, Porcupettes are covered in soft, sensitive bristles rather than hard quills. This prevents the mother from being injured at birth! Once they are moving around outside the den, their quills start to harden.
A Northern Tamandua, or Anteater, baby was born on August 31st, 2015. A baby will spend the first part of its life on the mother's back, and she will place the baby on a safe branch for a short time while she looks for food. Babies have giant claws like adults, and their eyes are open. Her name is Golambki.
A male Water Buffalo calf named "Dipper" was born to our female "Leona" on July 24th. In this wild, calves stay with their mother for the first couple of years. After 3 years, males leave the mother to join all male water buffalo groups. Females tend to stay in the same herd as its mother.
Our Scottish HIghlander Cattle are very popular, and our female Callie gave birth to a female calf on July 19th. We have named her Georgia, and you can see mother and baby in their exhibit, located with the water buffalo.
A Reeve's Muntjac Deer was born on July 18th. You will need to look closely in the exhibit, and Muntjac mothers typically hide their young for protection, This cutie can be found a lot of the time hidden away in the trunk of a tree in the exhibit, located at the bottom of the safari circle. Muntjacs are the oldest known deer, appearing 15-35 million years ago.
Three Coatimundi babies, or "kits" were born on July 12th. The mother will typically keep the babies isolated in her nest for 6-12 weeks after birth, and mom Beatrice brought her babies out for everyone to see early September. Coatimundis are relatives of raccoons, and have long pointed muzzles. Unlike raccoons, Coati's are diurnal rather than nocturnal, meaning they are most active during the day for visitors to see.
We have welcomed 3 Squirrel Monkey babies so far this season. If you look closely in the exhibit, you will see the babies clingng to their mothers' backs, where they stay for the first several weeks. At the age of 10 months, babies become independent and are able to fend for themselves.
What a cutie!! We are proud to announce the birth of a precious Leopard cub at Living Treasures Moraine on June 26th, 2015. We have named her Delilah, and she is now out in the Leopard exhibit with her mom and dad, Jade and Thor. She is growing quickly, and has become a visitor favorite here at the park.
Meet Claude, a Dromedary Camel Calf that was born June 3rd, 2015. Camel calves are approximately 90lbs at birth, and can stand just 8 hours after birth. Claude lives in the petting zoo area of the park, and is part of our baby bottle feedings every day.
A Ring-Tailed Lemur baby was born on May 16th, 2015 at the Moraine location. When babies are born, they weight less than 3 ounces! The newborn is carried on the mother's chest for 1-2 weeks, and is then carried on her back. At 2 weeks old, the baby starts eating solid food and begins venturing out on its own. You can find this new baby on Lemur Island, located near the Water Buffalo and Highland Cattle.
Meet Henry! Henry is a bison calf that was born in May, 2015, and now lives in our petting zoo. When calves are born, they weight 40-50lbs, and can be 2000lbs full grown. Henry is part of our bottle feeding program, where we allow park visitors to have the opportunity to feed many of our babies.
Mulan is our new Bactrian Camel calf that was born March, 2015. Unlike our other camels at the park, because the Dromedary Camels only have one hump, where as Bactrian camels have 2 humps. Camel calves are able to stand and run shortly after birth, and can weigh 79lbs at birth. You can find Mulan in our petting zoo area of the park, and she will be part of our bottle feeding program where we allow visitors to help us bottle feed babies at the park.
The newest addition to our Common Marmoset family was born on February 18th, 2015. Babies do not leave their mother's back for the first 2 weeks of life. After that, babies spend all their time on their father's back except when nursing. When born, they are small enough to easily fit on a person's fingertip.
Meet Libby! Libby is our newest Asian Small-Clawed River Otter, and she was born in December, 2014. Otter babies are called "pups," and both parents actively care for the pups, which are born toothless with their eyes closed. By 40 days, the pup's eyes open, and by day 60 they are actively swimming. You can find Libby with our 2 other otters in their exhibit directly across from the entrance to the petting zoo.
Prevost's Squirrels are also known as "tri-colored squirrels." They are strikingly colored, with black, white, and reddish-brown bands down the length of the animal. These guys are native to Southeast Asia, and are excellent at climbing and jumping. They communicate with each other by trilling, whistling, or raising their tail. You can find them across from the Flamingo pond, next to the Sloth exhibit.
Two New Eastern Mountain Bongos!
In 2014, we introduced Nemo, our first Eastern Mountain Bongo. This year we are introducing 2 new Bongos: Debbie and Patty. These Bongos are critically endangered, with less than 100 believed to be in the wild today! We are fortunate to now have 3 with us, and you can see Nemo, Debbie, and Patty down in the safari area of the park.
They are among the largest of the African forest antelope species, and are characterized by their striking reddish-brown coat, black and white markings, white-yellow stripes and long spiralled horns. Both male and female Bongos have horns.
Cool Fact: Despite their long horns, they can run amazingly fast by tilting their chin up, causing the horns to lie flat against their back.
We previously have had Six-Banded Armadillos at the park, but this year we welcome Oscar and Emmy, 2 Three-Banded Armadillos! This is the only species of Armadillos that can roll themselves into a nearly perfect sphere when frightened. Its ears tuck in, and its tail and head fit together so that predators cannot reach its vulnerable underside. You can see Oscar and Emmy in the exhibit they share with the Common Marmosets.
Stayed tuned for more updates, species added, and new exhibit news.