Check out what’s happening at Caldwell Zoo! Here you’ll find both recent news and information on upcoming events at the Zoo.
The Caldwell Zoo has begun a $6.5 million construction project which will renovate the African Overlook portion of the zoo. This project will take 14-17 months to complete and include an expanded elephant yard and pool, a raised giraffe feeding deck which will allow visitors to purchase food and feed giraffes, a new café with indoor seating and expanded outdoor seating, as well as a new ADA-accessible path leading to the overlook.
Because of construction, some zoo pathways may be closed for a period of time.
In November our emerald tree boa gave birth to the cutest little snake you've seen. All coiled up this juvenile looks quite tiny, however when born, the snake was about 15 inches long and weighed close to 30 grams. While adults are very green in color, young are born bright red or orange. Scientists are still debating on the reason for such unique coloration, but some believe the bright colors may ward off predators. This little one will be in holding until he starts eating regularly and grows a bit more.
Stop by the zoo from November 1st to December 31st to take a look at what the lions, tigers and bears are asking for this Christmas. Each ornament features a photo of the animal along with an enrichment item that animal would really enjoy.
Enrichments stimulate the animal to interact with its environment, thus stimulating natural behavior opportunities much like those encountered in the wild.
Can't make it to the zoo? We now have an Amazon wish list!
Attwater's Prairie Chicken is the most endangered bird in the state of Texas. With few birds left in the wild, multiple institutions are working hard to make sure they don't disappear forever.
Each year the Caldwell Zoo works with the Abilene Zoo, Houston Zoo and Fossil Rim Wildlife Center to breed, raise, and release these wonderful endangered birds back into the wild. All together, these institutions released 445 birds with almost 200 of them being radio collared.
We're honored to be a part of such a successful breeding program and hope that next year is even better!
The African Huts will be full of fun seasonal crafts for children to create. (Small materials fee 25¢-75¢) And...Santa will be here, too. December 12, 13 and 19; 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
We just snow you'll enjoy our cold weather fun at the African Huts. January 23; 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.