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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 is currently under construction, and should be finished shortly. Pictures to follow!
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! Pictures coming soon.
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.
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.
Asian Small-Clawed River Otter
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.
Come see our new Tamandua Exhibit!
Tamanduas live in forests and grasslands, are semiarboreal, and possess partially prehensile tails. They mainly eat ants and termites, but they occasionally eat bees, beetles, and insect larvae. In captivity, they will eat fruits and meat. They have no teeth and depend on their powerful gizzards to break down their food. Their new exhibit is located int he former prairie dog exhibit beside the Patagonian Cavies and Blue-Eared Pheasants. Come check out their 16 inch tongues.
Timber Wolf Puppies now on exhibit.
Come meet Josh and Nora. They are Timber Wolf Puppies that were born on March 1st, 2014. They are at that perfect age of playfulness that provides plenty of entertainment. Their brand new exhibit is located across from the Parrot exhibit by the front entrance. Don't miss your chance to see these young playful pups.
Stayed tuned for more updates, species added, and new exhibit news.