The Children’s Zoo at Celebration Square would like to announce our newest animal residents leaping in to Saginaw!

 

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          Harley and Nigel, two eastern grey kangaroos, have joined Andre and Nikki “down under” in our Kangaroo Walkabout. This is not the first time Harley and Andre have met, as the two of them are brothers who lived together before Andre moved here last year. Each member of the little group of kangaroos, called a “mob,” have come from the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo in Indiana. Zoo staff are happy the two have been reunited!

          At only one year of age, Nigel is still a baby! Compared to Harley and Andre, two adult males, Nigel is rather pint sized. However, he still has a lot of growing up to do, and we are excited for our community to be a part of it!

          While Nikki may be the only girl in the group, as well as the oldest, that doesn’t stop her from keeping the young boys in line! At 18 years of age, Nikki is considered an elderly kangaroo, and has taken on a motherly role for the boys.   

While the kangaroos work on developing their new friendships, the Kangaroo Walkabout and the Aviary will be temporarily closed. This is to ensure the safety of not only the kangaroos, but for visitors as well. However, you can still meet the newest arrivals from the observation deck in the kangaroo exhibit. The Children’s Zoo at Celebration Square is open DAILY from 10:00am to 5:00pm. Stay up-to-date on everything zoo at our Facebook page!

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Family

  • Felidae

Common Names

  • Black Footed Cats, Ant Hill Tiger

Size

  • Smaller than a domestic cat. One of the world's smallest cats.
  • Weight: Males- 4.2lbs Females- 2.8lbs

Range

  • Black-footed cats are found in the savannas and grasslands of Botswana, Namibia, and South Africa, as well as small parts of Angola, Zimbabwe, and possibly Lesotho.

Diet

  • In the wild: These tiny predators feed on rodents, birds, insects, and reptiles
  • At the zoo: Cat food, mice, with plenty of treats.

Special adaptations

  • Amazing camouflage and ambush predator skills.

Interesting facts

  • Able to take down prey up to twice their tiny size during the winter when smaller rodents are unavailable.
  • Able to jump 4.5 feet into the air to catch birds in flight

Conservation status

  • CITES –Appendix I
  • IUCN –Vulnerable

Sources

  1. AnAge. Accessed May 14, 2016. http://genomics.senescence.info/species/entry.php?species=Felis_nigripes
  2. Animal Diversity Web. Accessed March 31, 2016 http://animaldiversity.org/accounts/Felis_nigripes/
  3. Appendices I, II, and III of CITES. (February 5, 2015) Accessed January 2016. http://www.cites.org/eng/app/appendices.php
  4. Encyclopedia of Life. Black Footed Cats. Accessed May 14, 2016. http://eol.org/pages/328666/details
  5. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. (2015) Accessed January 2016. http://www.iucnredlist.org/apps/redlist/search

 

 

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Family

  • Equidae

Common Names

  • Shire Horse

Lifespan

  • Captivity: 25-30 years
  • Highest recorded: 61 years

Size

  • Height at shoulder: Average 5.7 feet

Range

  • The Shire horse breed originates in England

Diet

  • In the wild: Wild grasses
  • At the zoo: Timothy/alfalfa hay daily with grain, treats, and fresh produce as enrichment or reward.

Special adaptations

  • Draught horses are known for their potential as beasts of burden.

Interesting facts

  • Shire horses were a highly used horse throughout Europe up until World War I and II. After these wars improvements in mechanization caused demand for these horses to drop, a population of 550,000 in 1939 to a population of around 5000 in 1972, near extinction.
  • They boast a proud heritage in the middle ages. The “Great War Horses” these horses are descended from are said to be those that Roman armies of antiquity and English heavily armored knights of the middle ages rode into battle. These knights in full plate armor often weighed in excess of 400lbs!

Conservation status

  • CITES –Appendix I
  • IUCN –Not Evaluated

Sources

  1. Appendices I, II, and III of CITES. (February 5, 2015) Accessed January 2016. http://www.cites.org/eng/app/appendices.php
  2. Cotebrook and Country Park Shire Horse Centre. Shire Horse History. Accessed March 31, 2016.http://www.cotebrookshirehorses.co.uk/p/207/Shire_Horse_History
  3. Encyclopedia of Life. Horses. Accessed Feb 2016. http://www.eol.org/pages/328648/details
  4. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. (2015) Accessed January 2016. http://www.iucnredlist.org/apps/redlist/search
  5. Oklahoma State University, Breeds of Livestock – Shire Horses. Accessed March 31, 2016.http://www.ansi.okstate.edu/breeds/horses/shire/

 

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Family

  • Bovidae

Common Names

  • Nubian Goats

Size

  • Height at shoulder: Males- 35" Females- 30"
  • Weight: Males- 175lbs Females- 135lbs

Range

  • Because they are able to produce milk year round, and because they are well adapted to hot climates, Nubians are popular in tropical regions

Diet

  • In the wild: Wild grasses
  • At the zoo: Timothy/alfalfa hay daily with grain, treats, and fresh produce as enrichment or reward.

Special adaptations

  • Nubians have a longer breeding season; as a result, they can produce milk year round

Interesting facts

  • Nubian goats were hybridized in England of Asian, African, and European origin goats
  • The name comes from the region of Africa where the African goats of the lineage were imported from.

Conservation status

  • CITES –Appendix I
  • IUCN –Not Evaluated

Sources

  1. American Dairy Goat Association Breed Standards. Accessed January 28, 2016. http://adga.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/GB2015.pdf
  2. Anglo-Nubian Goat Society Breed Standards. Accessed January 28, 2016. http://www.anglonubiangoatsociety.com/the-breed/
  3. Appendices I, II, and III of CITES. (February 5, 2015) Accessed January 2016. http://www.cites.org/eng/app/appendices.php
  4. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. (2015) Accessed January 2016. http://www.iucnredlist.org/apps/redlist/search
  5. Oklahoma State University Department of Animal Science, Breeds of Livestock Database. Accessed March 26, 2016.http://www.ansi.okstate.edu/breeds/horses/shire/

 

The Saginaw Children's Zoo at Celebration Square has a couple of new NEIGH-bors waiting to meet you!

Last Wednesday, April 6th, a chilly and rainy evening was brightened by the arrival of two baby Shire horses. Perfectly named for the time of year, half-sisters April Dawn and May Flowers Fancy have moved into the former Clydesdale exhibit. Friendly, curious, and playful, the zoo believes that these two will be a BIG hit with the community.

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April Dawn, born April 28th, 2015, and May Flowers Fancy, born May 31st, 2015, have traveled to Saginaw from a family farm in Darlington, Missouri. These two have some mighty big hooves to fill--Bonnie and Josie were the two lovely Clydesdale ladies who lived in the yard for almost 10 years. After many years of bringing joy to boys and girls of all ages, the two passed away due to age related ailments. Based on their outgoing and friendly nature, April Dawn and May Flowers Fancy seem like just the right horses to move into the exhibit and take over the job of brightening the lives of those they meet.

Shire horses are considered “big” for draft horses--the breed has held world records in both largest overall horse and tallest horse at various times throughout history. Despite only being a year old, April Dawn and May Flowers Fancy will have no problem reaching over the fence to greet you and your family. They both are black in color, with a white blaze down their noses. May Flowers Fancy has an extra streak of white down her side, making it easy for visitors to tell the two apart.

Children's Zoo members are invited to be the first to meet these gentle giants during our Members Only Weekend, April 16th and 17th, from 10:00am - 5:00pm. The general public can come nose-to-nose with April Dawn and May Flowers Fancy when we open to the public starting April 23rd, 10:00am – 5:00pm.

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