NEWS & EVENTS

Check out what’s happening at Caldwell Zoo! Here you’ll find both recent news and information on upcoming events at the Zoo.

                      MARIO AND PEACH HAVE A BABY!

This little furball is a Rock Hyrax and is on exhibit in the penguin building. Our hyraxes rarely come out of hiding, so seeing them in the first place is an extra special treat. Believe it or not, these tiny, elusive creatures are most closely related to elephants. The hyrax has similar teeth, toe and skull structures to that of an elephant's. They also have two small tusks (teeth) and strong molars that they use to grind up vegetation, just like an elephant! Stop by the zoo and if you're lucky, maybe you'll catch a glimpse of this little cutie.

 

OUR NEW ZEBRA IS FINALLY HERE!

Earlier this spring, we were patiently waiting for Malindi's arrival from the St. Louis Zoo but she REFUSED to go into her travel trailer. (Animals constantly keep us humble!) We're happy to announce that she is finally here now, has passed her quarantine time and is ready to be introduced to our other zebras and animals that inhabit the African savanna. Malindi was born March 11, 2008, and is said to have a more delicate frame and is known to be very sweet—for a zebra. She even comes when the keepers call her name. Apparently she is very fond of rolling in the dirt. We all look forward to seeing her out on the savanna. 

 

  WE HAVE A NEW GIRAFFE!

With the extreme winter weather gone from the northeast, our new male giraffe finally made it to Texas in April. Marjani, born September 14, 2011, comes to us on a breeding loan from the Bronx in New York. Since he is a very new arrival, we haven’t had time to get well acquainted yet. His keepers in New York characterized him as very nice and quite approachable. We do know he weighs in at 1,650 pounds. Marjani will go through a 30-day quarantine before he will be introduced to our four females.

 

LION UPDATE

They’re growing!! Our four little bundles of fur are getting big. Earlier this spring they weighed 20-22 pounds. When we vaccinated them recently, we tried to get weights, but those little cubs would have none of that, so at this time we can just speculate that they have probably doubled their weights. All are eating meat, as well as nursing. The keepers note that Doc (the male cub) is truly becoming a male lion—lots of growling going on! Keepers are slowly taking their nursery den box apart since they have truly outgrown the space. Our male lion, Ayotunde has successfully been introduced to the cubs and the pride as a whole can be viewed daily, weather permitting.

 

Events

Events free with zoo admission. Registration not required.

leapin' lizards day

August 14th is World Lizard Day. Come out and have some fun as we celebrate these awesome reptiles.                                                                                             August 16, 1:30 - 4:00pm

Pachyderm Premier

September 22nd is Elephant Appreciation Day AND World Rhino Day! Come learn about our very own pachyderms - Rolinda, Tonya, Binti, Christa, Kizuri and Phineus.
September 20, 1:00 - 4:00pm

Phone Book Recycle Days

Help our Earth and get free admission to the zoo. Bring an old, out-dates phone book to be recycled and receive one free admission ticket.
October 4th and 5th, 9:00am - 4:00pm