You have GOAT to meet our newest friends!

Bouncing, leaping, and prancing—these are just a few of the silly antics our newest residents like to pull. Flash and Fraser, two adorable baby pygmy goats, will soon be seen hoofing it around the goat yard. The two will join Bandit and Buttons, the alpine goats, in mid-June. Check out our Facebook page daily for the most current, up-to-date news at the Zoo, including the goats official debut date!

Pygmy goats originally hail from West Africa. Their friendly, curious, and playful nature, as well as their hardiness and ability to adapt to most climates, has allowed the pygmy goats to spread all over the world. Enjoyed as both pets and dairy producers, pygmy goats can be found on many farms across the United States.

The goat yard is now officially open for visitors to enter and join our hoofed friends. Kids (and kids at heart!) can now pet and groom the goats, allowing for tactile learning and development.

Fraser, mostly white with caramel flecks and black feet, is the big softy between the two. He will probably be found leaning against your legs, or nibbling gently at your shoelaces. Flash, on the other hand, is ready to show off his fearless leaping abilities! Mostly black with two white racing stripes up his sides, he is often seen bouncing off of various logs and rocks as he fights invisible bad guys. 

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Coo-coo-come and see the newest residents at the Children's Zoo!


The aviary has eight new feathered friends waiting to coo at you this summer! Friendly and sociable, ring-necked doves are the perfect addition to the flock.

Originating from Africa, ring-necked doves are named for a dark patch of feathers that circle around their neck. They have gentle personalities, often spending their afternoons softly crooning at passing guests. Don’t be surprised if one of them lands on your finger while trying to nibble at your millet treat this summer!

As with all new animals that arrive to the Zoo, the doves are currently in quarantine, and must be temporarily kept apart from the cockatiels that normally live in the aviary. Once out of quarantine, the other birds will join them in the exhibit on the first weekend of June. While the aviary is not currently open for walkthroughs, you can still observe the doves from outside the exhibit.

We are hoping to create a larger population of our new coo-ing friends through breeding, so be on the lookout for fluffy baby birds. 


Happy Birthday Mika!
The oldest North American river otter in the nation!

If you have visited the Zoo in the last four years, you have probably seen Mika, the North American river otter, sleeping in her exhibit. Unlike Bootie, the other otter that lives at the Children’s Zoo, she isn’t one for dashing around and doing flips in her pool. While she does have her spry moments, she can often be found curled up in her warm den, enjoying the senior life. On December 31st, Mika will be turning 20 years old, which makes her the oldest North American river otter living in an Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) accredited facility. 20 years is an amazing feat, as the average lifespan of these otters is only 8-9 years in the wild.otterr-m1

Thanks to the increased focus on animal welfare by zoos and aquariums that follow AZA’s strict standards, geriatric care is a growing part of a zookeeper’s job! Many of the animal residents at the Children’s Zoo have called Saginaw their home since the 1990’s! If your family has ever had to take care of an aging cat or dog, you know all about the extra effort that goes into making sure an elderly animal is comfortable. Not only do most of these senior animals require medications to help with aging joints, zookeepers must also be aware of even the slightest changes in their weights or behaviors.

Thanks to the expert staff here at the Children’s Zoo, Mika seems to be enjoying her golden years. With fresh fish and vegetables delivered to her soft bed three times per day, many of the staff members wish they could be a retired North American river otter at the Zoo.

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The Passing of Cypress, the Baby Alpaca

It is with a heavy heart that we must announce the passing of Cypress, the baby alpaca, on Sunday, June 15th. His death comes to us as a surprise, as he had shown no signs of stress or illness. He has been sent to the Diagnostic Center for Population & Animal Health at Michigan State University in hopes that we may find some answers. Even though Cypress had only been with us for eight months, he will leave a big hole in our hearts.

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“Zookeepers are keeping a close eye on his mother, Lily, and his sister, Rose. Despite the sudden loss, they are doing very well,” says Karen Ackerman, Animal Collections Manager. Everything from their behaviors to their diet intake is being monitored so that any changes can be dealt with immediately. 

“From the moment he arrived, he was a very special cria to all of us at the zoo and our visitors. As a community, we celebrated his first steps through life, from deciding on his name to watching his wobbly first walk. This is a sadness we will all feel,” says Nancy Parker, Executive Director.

Cypress was more than just an adorable face--he was an engaging educational resource for people of all ages. The Children’s Zoo at Celebration Square has set up a Memorial Fund in Cypress’ Honor. The money raised will go towards helping care for and grow our alpaca family, who will be used to promote awareness and education of Mid-Michigan agriculture. 



If you and your family would like to send your condolences, please send them to:

Children’s Zoo at Celebration Square
1730 South Washington Ave.
Saginaw, MI 48601

We will be displaying your words of kindness in our Zoo Store for all to see how little Cypress was loved by his community.