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. At this time he is staying inside the giraffe building, but soon he will be introduced to the outdoor holding areas and eventually to the giraffes’ outdoor yard.
Please join us this weekend for a special viewing of our newest baby. You can see Knox inside the giraffe building Friday, August 29th, through Monday, September 1st from 11:00 a.m. through 2:00 p.m. (Because we are always concerned about our animals’ safety, if mom begins to feel uncomfortable mom and baby may be allowed access to the back areas of the giraffe building.)
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.
It seems like we've waited all summer, but we finally have three healthy Kudu babies. As you can see, they're all ears! Their acute sense of hearing helps them detect when danger may be near. All three of our new little kudu are males - Toby, Olaf and Sven. Our zookeepers are keeping a close eye on them, making sure that they're healthy and growing well. Once they are a little bit larger and are introduced to the main herd, we'll have these babies out on exhibit!
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 now 7 months old. We were finally able to weigh them, and the scales show they are over 75 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.
Events free with zoo admission. Registration not required.
September 6, 1:30-4:00 p.m.
September 22nd is Elephant Appreciation Day AND World Rhino Day. Come learn more about our very own pachyderms--Rolinda, Tonya and Binti--the elephants and Christa, Kizuri and Phineus the rhinos. There will be elephant and rhino paintings for sale (all the proceeds will go to elephant and rhino conservation), presentations, a raffle and fun kids' activities. September 20, 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Help our Earth and get free admission to the zoo. Bring an old, outdated phone book to be recycled and receive one free admission for each phone book recycled. (Admissions good for day of event only.) October 4 and 5, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Our penguins are all dressed up and ready to celebrate African Penguin Appreciation Day (October 12th). Join us as we recognize these tuxedo-clad birds that were recently listed as an endangered species. October 11, 1:30-4:00 p.m.
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.