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

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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

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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 […]

City announces giraffe naming contest

Freedom New Mexico The city of Clovis announced Friday a contest to name the giraffe born Jan. 25 in the Hillcrest Park Zoo. The Parks and Recreation Department is accepting suggestions via mail to 500 Sycamore, Clovis, NM 88101. Entries should include contact information for the submitter, including a name, address and phone number or […]

Clovis zoo has baby giraffe

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Kevin Wilson The Clovis zoo’s newest arrival was somewhat of a surprise to zoo staff. Jael the Giraffe gave birth at around 9 p.m. Wednesday night to a 6-foot female baby. Her father is Jay, who died Feb. 3 at the zoo, 2011, as a result of a fall on an icy sidewalk. “It’s a […]

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 […]

ENMU student seeking new hyena enclosure for zoo

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Stephanie Nutter is on a mission to bring a pair of hyenas back to earth. In between working on her archeology thesis and running a non-profit organization, the energetic Eastern New Mexico University graduate student has also taken on a project to create a new enclosure for two hyenas at the Hillcrest Park Zoo. The […]

Clovis zoo should be private effort

I like Clovis’ zoo and the people who work there, while still fully understanding that zoos should be private entities and not government-run. Most of the negative comments I have read concerning the death of Jay, the male giraffe, were related to the perception that money had been wasted by the city on a giraffe. […]

Day trip: Amarillo Zoo

Amarillo Zoo • Location: 200 Comanchero Trail in Amarillo • What activities can you enjoy at this location: Find exhibits featuring reptiles, big cats, bison, elk, coyotes, fox and other animal life native to Texas. • What ages is this place best suited for?: All ages • Admission prices?: $3 adults, 13-61; $2 seniors, 62 […]

Zoo officials: Giraffe died after fall

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Sharna Johnson Clovis zoo keepers believe Jay the giraffe slipped on ice and fell, suffering a head injury. That injury followed by exposure to cold prompted a decision to euthanize him. The giraffe was found Saturday on the ground of his pen around 7:30 a.m. with a wound to his head that was, “bleeding profusely,” […]

Newest Clovis zoo giraffe dies

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Jay, a giraffe who had resided at the Hillcrest Park Zoo for approximately four months, died Saturday. City Manager Joe Thomas said zoo staff found Jay down in his pen Saturday morning. Staff immediately called local veterinarians, who worked from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thomas said. “After consulting with the veterinary school at Oklahoma […]

Day trip: Spring River Zoo

Courtesy photo Spring River Zoo is located at 1306 E. College Blvd. in Roswell. Gabriel Monte Spring River Zoo • Location: 1306 E. College Blvd, Roswell • What activities can you enjoy at this location: Native plants and animals and several unique attractions. Thirty-four acres of parkland with five main zoo areas located on the […]

Their view: PETA: Community should rethink petting zoo

Jennifer O’Connor of Norfolk, Va., who describes herself as a writer for Animals in Entertainment and the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, is concerned about the petting zoo planned for this weekend’s Peanut Festival in Portales. Here’s what she had to say in an e-mail:

Peanut Valley festival may feature petting zoo

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PNT Staff Fifty craft booths. Eight food vendors. Maybe even a petting zoo and kiddy train. The 37th annual Peanut Valley Festival is featuring all those things, plus a few information tables and fundraisers, during its two-day run this weekend at Eastern New Mexico University, said Britnie Burds, Campus Life graduate assistant working with the […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Zoo video and pro player from Muleshoe talks baseball

Clovis zoo hoping to land mate for giraffe

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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 […]

Animal ambassadors

Cannon Connections photo: Liliana Castillo Kathleen Kosman, a zookeeper with the Rio Grande Zoo, tells children about the leopard gecko. The gecko can shed its fatty tale to get away from predators. The Rio Grande Zoo program called Zoo To You does just that. The group of animal ambassadors visited children and youth July 8 […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Portales parks, the zoo and Gone with the Wind

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Wednesday briefing. Did you know? Portales’ eight city parks span over 270 acres combined. To see more about Portales recreation activities: http://www.portalesnm.org Question of the day 3-D movies: An upgrade in quality, or an excuse to charge extra money to filmgoers? Please join the discussion in the […]

Thursday morning briefing: Woman’s day out and eggs at the zoo

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Thursday briefing. Video of the day In the mood for a good book? Check our video…Librarian recommends. Question of the day Betty White is one of the most obscure Saturday Night Live hosts yet. With her hosting a gig set for May, who would you like to […]

Ticket feature: ‘Christmas Nights’ opening at Clovis zoo

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Freedom New Mexico The upcoming week features plenty of animal magnetism, as the Hillcrest Park Zoo gets set for its annual Christmas Nites at the Zoo celebration. The event is in its third year, with the zoo open extended hours of 5-8 p.m., in addition to its normal winter hours of 9 a.m. to 3:30 […]