New at the Zoo - September 2015

Conservation success story: Louisiana pine snake

The Zoo is pleased to announce another conservation success with the recent hatchings of 16 endangered Louisiana pine snakes. This snake is nonvenomous and spends 90 percent of its time underground in self-dug burrows or those made by other animals. This elusive snake can grow up to 7 feet in length. This species only breeds one time each year, during the spring. Although this snake lays the largest eggs of any North American snake, it produces the smallest number, usually only four or five in a... Read More
Posted by Avery Elander at Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Two furry residents come to the Zoo

On your next visit to the Zoo’s education building, look for two furry mammals — short-tailed chinchillas. The short-tailed chinchilla is about 15 to 17 inches in length, including the tail. The female is typically larger than the male. This chinchilla has soft, thick fur with about 60 fine hairs growing from each follicle. The coat varies from pearl to light gray. The tail itself is about 5 to 6 inches long and is covered in coarse hair. The chinchilla’s thick fur helps to protect the animal... Read More
Posted by Avery Elander at Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Romeo, oh Romeo!

A handsome new resident can now be seen in the Asian elephant yard. Romeo is the newest elephant to join the herd. The 22-year-old bull arrived in June from the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Center for Elephant Conservation (CEC) in Polk City, FL. Romeo takes the place of Casey, who also belongs to CEC and has returned to the facility in Florida. Romeo will roam in the various yards in the elephant exhibit and soon will be introduced to the female herd and eventually he will be part of... Read More
Posted by Avery Elander at Tuesday, September 1, 2015