Check out what’s happening at Caldwell Zoo! Here you’ll find both recent news and information on upcoming events at the Zoo.
What’s 5½ feet tall, weighs 112 pounds, takes 14-15 months to arrive and is cuter than a button?
It’s Knox, Caldwell Zoo’s new baby giraffe! Our little boy was born August 15th and is the son of Mom Cricket and Dad Ramses (Ramses is no longer with us). Right now, this little one is very bonded to mom and follows her everywhere, and like most baby giraffes he loves to chew on everything.
Our zookeepers are working hard getting Knox used to his surroundings and the day’s activities. as well as the other female giraffes. He is now able to be outside with mom and Ralphie (an older female giraffe). He is having a great time exploring his outdoor enclosure. Depending on the weather (they will need to be inside if it is raining) and giraffe cooperation, you should be able to see Knox in his outdoor yard.
Caldwell Zoo saw its first giraffe arrive in 1978. Since first housing reticulated giraffes here we have had 26 babies born. Our last giraffe baby, Gus, is now at the zoo in Philadelphia and is father to a little girl. Caldwell Zoo participates in the Association of Zoos and Aquarium’s Reticulated Giraffe Species Survival Program which is a cooperative breeding program among AZA accredited institutions created for the purpose of ensuring the survival of species in need on conservation efforts.
This past summer, a few of our spoonbills found the perfect place to build a nest. Unfortunately, the tree that suited them best, also happened to be on the outer perimeter of their exhibit located at the main entrance of the zoo. In order to give these unique utensil-billed birds some privacy, we roped off a small area so they could construct their nests in peace.
When they finally laid their eggs, the keepers collected them and placed them in an incubator to ensure their safety. We're proud to say that for the first time in 5 years, we have successfully hatched 10 adorable spoonbill babies! These pink fuzz balls hatched between June 22nd and July 18th. For the first week of their lives, our keepers had to be sure to feed them 5 times a day. However, now that they're older, they are only being fed twice a day and are even being introduced to their adult diet! When they grow to be a little bit bigger, we'll put them on exhibit for the public to see.
Our four little bundles of fur are just about 8 months old. We were finally able to weigh them, and the scales show they are right around 100 pounds each! Our cubs have quite the personalities at this point as well. Malika seems to be a "daddy's girl" and can always be found close to Ayotunde, while Amira is the opposite and is almost always found near Njeri. Doc still thinks he's a big boy and continues to vocalize all the time, while Zuri is much quieter and prefers to express herself by jumping up and down when she is excited. Our lion pride may be viewed daily, weather permitting.
BOO AT THE ZOO
Join us for some merry, not-so-scary Halloween fun. There will be trick-or-treat fun for kids throughout the zoo. October 25 and 26, 1:00-4:00 p.m.
It's turkey time! Come on up to the African Huts for a load of gobbler fun. November 22, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Calling all kids--come on over to the African Huts to create some seasonal crafts. (Small materials fees--25⊄-75⊄) Please note: Santa has sent his regrets as he is VERY busy during December. December 13, 14 and 20, 1:30-4:00 p.m.