The Reticulated Giraffe Yard
Kevin Davis Knox, the four-year-old Reticulated giraffe, has yet to step fully out into his grassy area. The entire staff is on alert for when it happens. In our Ten Year Plan, there is a larger exhibit designed so that we may bring in more giraffes, and possibly do feedings once a week.
Red Panda Cave
Yoda the Red panda is both a cold-weather animal, and crepuscular (most active at dusk & dawn). If it’s too warm and/or sunny for his liking, he naps in his favorite spot or goes into his AC. We are currently trying to find him a companion animal, which is difficult due to his advanced age (12 years old). The optimal time to visit him are in spring and fall.
Due to a lightning strike, one of the ozone generators in this exhibit is no longer working. The water is safe for the wildlife, just not attractive. We are currently looking for funding to replace the expensive piece of equipment.
Playful otters did some damage that turned out to be more extensive than keepers originally thought. We are having to look outside the region for this type of repair, so it’s taking longer to fix.
Pygmy Hippo Pond
Pygmy hippos are nocturnal and reclusive by nature, so when they find a dark hiding spot, they tend to return to it. If you see Clementine, baby Zamora, or Dagwood, snap a pic! It’s a rare and beautiful photo!
The Discovery Zoo
This area has been closed for future demolition. The yard animals have been placed off exhibit in the Veterinary Clinic, and the Ambassador Animals are now living in the Gertrude C Ford Education Center in the Mississippi Area. They take turns coming out with their handlers every day at 1 pm for a Discovery Animal Encounter and Keeper Chat.
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