“New” at the Zoo
Babies abound and that’s not all that is new at your NEW Zoo! The trumpeter swan cygnets are hatching-a total of 8 fluffy little, white babies have arrived already as the Memorial Day weekend approaches. The young cygnets will stay at the Zoo until late summer when they will make the journey to Iowa and become part of the important trumpeter swan re-introduction program the NEW Zoo is a proud participant in.
Trumpeter Swans Cygnets
Zoo Director, Neil Anderson stated, “This is a wonderful opportunity for the facility to continue to be involved with field conservation projects and, in this case, returning trumpeter swans to the State of Iowa. Some of the first swans ever re-introduced back to the wild back in the 1990’s came from the NEW Zoo. Last year the zoo donated 8 cygnets that were released into the wild in Iowa. It looks like we will be able to do the same again this year.”
Ducklings and Prairie Dog Pups!
And if you like the new cygnets, don’t miss out on the new ducklings! In the newly renovated North American aviary there are several species of water fowl with babies out and about. Catch the excitement going on at the prairie dog exhibit too-prairie dog pups have emerged from the den for public viewing and are they adorable!
Our New Moose “Willow”
In addition to the new ‘additions’, our contact station is open-get up close and personal with our many educational animals. While you’re at it, meet our newest resident who arrived two weeks ago from Nebraska-“Willow”, our female moose is on exhibit and getting acclimated to her new home. We have also welcomed a black-footed ferret, “Jumbo”, from Louisville to our critter collection. Join us in welcoming this endangered species his new home.
Anderson reminds us, “NBC 26 Family Celebration Day at the Zoo is a great weekend especially with all of the new arrivals and recent births! Take time out to visit the zoo! A trip to the zoo is also a special place to review and reflect on all of the memorial bricks, benches, graphics and memorial gifts that made your zoo possible and very special.”