Clovis zoo’s baby giraffe makes debut

Cannon Connections: Tony Bullocks Seven-week-old Jerrica was made available for public viewing for the first time Tuesday at Hillcrest Park Zoo. Jerrica, who was born at the zoo, was placed in an exhibit next to her mother, Jael. Assistant Zoo Director Mark Yannotti said, “I’ve never seen it this busy in all of my 26 […]

Baby giraffe named Jerrica


Tonjia Rolan A frequent visitor to Hillcrest Park Zoo with her two children, Rebecca Holt jumped at the chance to enter the city’s contest to name a baby giraffe born in late January. Her winning entry of Jerrica was announced Wednesday by zoo director Vince Romero. Holt said the name came to her while she […]

Official: Baby giraffe doing well


Tonjia Rolan Hillcrest Park Zoo’s 3-week-old baby giraffe has grown about 2 inches and is doing fine, according to assistant zoo director Mark Yannotti. Yannotti said Tuesday zoo staff are working around the clock to keep up with the young giraffe’s demanding feeding schedule. The unnamed baby was born Jan. 25 and is the zoo’s […]

Train to move to Hillcrest Park parking lot today


Benna Sayyed The first movements of the 105-year-old locomotive retired in Hillcrest Park since 1954 were made on Saturday at 3 p.m. “We put the wheels under it and we had it ready to lift and ready to go. We’re just running out of daylight today,” said Joe Bennett, owner of Bennett House Movers. Bennett […]

Clovis prepares for Christmas at zoo

Donna Wilson is taking her granddaughter to the Hillcrest Park Zoo’s Christmas Nites at the Zoo event for the third time this year. She said the zoo inhabitants are more active after the sun goes down. “I love taking my granddaughter to the zoo after dark so she can see what animals are like after […]

Ticket feature: Wiener Nationals set for Saturday


Freedom New Mexico The third annual Wiener Nationals is taking place Saturday morning at Hillcrest Park. The event, designed to raise money for the High Plains Humane Society’s spay and neuter program, is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. with registration at 9 a.m., said Jim Hailey, owner of Clovis’ Der Wienerschnitzel. Hailey said the […]

Sand volleyball tournament set in Clovis

Freedom New Mexico Registration is open for a four-on-four sand volleyball tournament July 8-10 at Hillcrest Park in Clovis. The tournament has open, women’s and co-ed divisions. Registration is $75 due by June 24. The Clovis High School Volleyball Boosters are hosting the tournament. Information: Mike Mendoza at 218-2980, Denise Gibbons at 309-6003 or Tisha […]

Thursday morning briefing: Play day, a big band and prohibition begins

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Play day Big Brother Big Sisters Big Day of Play is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Hillcrest Park. Food, games, entertainment, costume contest, pumpkin carving and prizes. The event is free. Information: 742-3337 Meg Sadau. Question of the day What’s the most […]

Clovis zoo hoping to land mate for giraffe


Freedom New Mexico City zoo officials hope a tall order can be finished in the next few weeks. Staff at the Hillcrest Zoo have found a male giraffe after a year-long search, allowing for breeding with Jael, a female giraffe at Hillcrest in her gestation period. The Clovis City Commission would need to approve a […]

Day trips: Picnic opportunities available at Hillcrest Park Zoo


PNT Correspondent Photo: Carrie Pendleton A male peacock sun bathes in the afternoon sun at the Hillcrest Park Zoo. This peacock is one of more than 300 birds visitors can view while strolling through the park. Place: Hillcrest Park Zoo Location: 1201 Sycamore St., Clovis. The park is roughly 9 miles or an 18-minute drive […]

No laughing matter: Zoo lands hyenas


By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Timid and still adjusting to their new home, a pair of spotted hyenas at Hillcrest Park Zoo are an unusual addition to the park’s menagerie, according to zookeeper Mark Yanotti. Yanotti said hyenas are relatively sparse in zoos and Hillcrest is excited to display the pair. In 2005 there […]

Day Trip: Hillcrest Zoo


Hillcrest Zoo in Clovis offers more than 500 animals including buffaloes, reptiles and a white Bengal tiger, according to zoo officials. The zoo sits inside a 140-acre park, with plenty of activities to make for a day trip, according to Zoo Director Herschel Arnold. “The zoo’s got primates. It’s got cats, got bears. A lot […]

Aug. 22 Obituaries

Donald L. Killgore, 82 Donald L. Killgore, 82, of Carlsbad, died Friday, Aug. 20, 2004, at his home. He was born on Dec. 20, 1921, in Bristo, Okla., to Sylvester and Myrtle Sampson Killgore. They moved to Elida, when he was a child. He was raised and educated in Elida. He married Ovella Lou Nicholas […]