Day trips: Picnic opportunities available at Hillcrest Park Zoo

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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 […]

Three charged in zoo incident

Freedom New Mexico Police charged a man and two juveniles with misdemeanor animal cruelty Friday for feeding hot peppers to primates at the Hillcrest Park Zoo, according to Clovis Police Capt. Patrick Whitney. The charges stem from a March 30 incident where two families were detained by zoo officials after it was discovered spider monkeys […]

Zoo officials ensure tiger attack couldn’t happen

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By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico Hillcrest Park Zoo director Herschel Arnold doubts an incident similar to a deadly tiger attack Tuesday at a San Francisco zoo could happen in Clovis. Hillcrest is home to Blondie, a 450-pound Siberian tiger rescued from an Oklahoma exotic animal operation two years ago. The tiger involved in the […]

Hyena pair receives names

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Their native land is now their name. Meet Sere ‘N’ Geti (pronounced “Sarah ‘N’ Geti”), hyenas who recently moved into the Hillcrest Park Zoo. Last month, the Clovis News Journal and city zoo co-sponsored a community-wide contest to name the pair. Local veterinarian Dr. Leslie Morrow submitted the winning […]

No laughing matter: Zoo lands hyenas

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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

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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 […]

Zoo keeper: Baby birds in trouble best left alone

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers The nests are built, the eggs are hatched and baby birds are chirping, tweeting and screeching from nooks, crannies and branches. Inevitably an infant bird will take an untimely plunge to the ground and be picked up by a well-intending Samaritan, according to Laura Shepler, a clerk at Hillcrest Zoo […]