Who wants food in the same old bowl every day? Zoo Keepers challenge animals to use their natural dexterity by hiding food around their habitats, or by putting it in a puzzle. Black and white ruffed lemurs are great at manipulating objects to get pieces of fruit out!
Have you ever wondered what the elephants are doing when they’re out of view in Expedition Tanzania? Our elephant keeper team conducts multiple training sessions per day with the elephants, and some of these take place at a special training area behind-the-scenes. Here, elephant keepers can work closely with the animals through a protective barrier. In this… read more
The votes are in – and the tapir calf has been named Toliver. We received THOUSANDS of votes, so we’ll be sending a $3,000 donation from YOU to help protect tapirs in the wild. Thank you so much! Unfortunately, Toliver is not feeling his best and will not be on exhibit for a few days… read more
The Zoo’s tapir calf has his very own “baby pool,” and he got some supervised swim time this week!
Reid Park Zoo’s Baird’s tapir, Contessa, gave birth to a male calf on Saturday, August 29, at approximately 5:30 p.m. The calf appears healthy, is nursing regularly, and is becoming more active every day. He has not been named yet. Contessa and the calf will remain behind-the-scenes for several weeks to gain strength, and to bond with minimal… read more
With baby elephant Nandi’s first birthday upon us (August 20), we asked her keepers to give us with an update about her growth and progress, and how she spends her days. Here’s what they said: Nandi has begun a training program, but it’s still very basic. She’s learning to follow her trainers, and to keep all… read more
What would you do if you returned from a hike to find two grizzly bears exploring your campsite? At the Zoo, we want to help you ensure that never happens; our exhibit signage and education programs focus on the importance of safe, bear-proof camping. But let’s face it, wouldn’t it be fun to watch two… read more
Reid Park Zoo regrets to announce the death of a Malayan sun bear named Dresena yesterday afternoon. At over 34 years of age, Dresena was the oldest known Malayan sun bear in captivity. The median life expectancy for females of this species is 23. “Her long life is a testament to the scientific advances in… read more
Lately, Zoo guests have been treated to lots of whooping and screeching that can be heard far from the black and white ruffed lemur exhibit where it originates. Lemurs aren’t large animals, but boy can they make noise! The Zoo currently houses four lemurs: two males and two females. Junior and Jasper, the males, arrived… read more
One nest does NOT fit all–the nesting habits of different bird species are as varied as their colors and songs. The Zoo’s blue crowned motmots are naturally inclined to nest in tunnels in banks, so some Eagle Scouts worked with Zoo Supervisors to design and build a nesting structure that mimics a wild motmot nest, but also allows Keepers… read more