You all know Tim Grassey from his well researched editorial articles on MiceChat, today’s we’ve got something very different from him, a trip report from the Southwick Zoo. Cute animal alert! – Rick
Southwick’z Zoo is a family owned zoo in Mendon, MA. It originated as a dairy farm before officially opening as a zoological facility in 1963. Since then, exhibits have been regularly added and it is now amongst the most popular zoos in New England.
I recently visited the zoo and thought I’d share some of the photos from my trip.
There is a large African Plains exhibit that features zebras, water buffaloes and ostriches. During this visit, most of the animals were either too far away or facing the wrong way for us to really see them.
The zoo is also home to a variety of macaws, monkeys and lemurs. Unfortunately, due to the nature of these animals, they are held in cages that don’t lend themselves to photos. However, at a few of these enclosures, there are signs that say the babies often leave the exhibit but will be closely watched by their mother.
One of the more interesting animals we saw was the Jacob Sheep. Both males and females can have between two to six horns each, with most having four. This particular sheep had three horns.
I’ve been to several zoos where Mandrills are visible, but the exhibit at Southwick’s Zoo offers views from a variety of different angels. The exhibit features an adult male and female as well as two children.
We try to visit Southwick’s Zoo every year, and we thoroughly enjoyed our visit this year. Hopefully you enjoyed the photos.