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.

1-Capybara

2-Red-Kangaroo
Red Kangaroos relaxing in the sun
3-Bennets-Wallaby
Bennets Wallaby with a joey in her pouch

 

The zoo has a pair of Aldabra Giant Tortoises
The zoo has a pair of Aldabra Giant Tortoises

 

This was a weird looking turtle in with the other two Aldabra Tortoises
This was a weird looking turtle in with the other two Aldabra Tortoises 😉

 

I don’t know if the turkey was authorized, but she was hanging out on a rock near the Barbary Sheep
I don’t know if the turkey was authorized, but she was hanging out on a rock near the Barbary Sheep

 

Baby Barbary Sheep
Baby Barbary Sheep

 

A zookeeper was feeding the Sucata Tortoises when we arrived
A zookeeper was feeding the Sucata Tortoises when we arrived

 

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.

 

A photo of a Grevy’s Zebra from the same exhibit last June
A photo of a Grevy’s Zebra from the same exhibit last June

 

A few years ago, they built a new exhibit for their Reticulated Giraffes. For a small fee, guests are able to feed the Giraffes at select times of day.
A few years ago, they built a new exhibit for their Reticulated Giraffes. For a small fee, guests are able to feed the Giraffes at select times of day.

 

One of the highlights for children at Southwick’s Zoo is the 35 acre deer forest. Free roaming deer will walk up to guests provided they’re armed with a handful of corn.
One of the highlights for children at Southwick’s Zoo is the 35 acre deer forest. Free roaming deer will walk up to guests provided they’re armed with a handful of corn.

 

12-Chimpanzee

One of the larger exhibits houses several Chimpanzees.
One of the larger exhibits houses several Chimpanzees.

 

One of the species new this year is the two-toed sloth.
One of the species new this year is the two-toed sloth.
The Brazilian Tapir
The Brazilian Tapir

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 “escaped” baby monkeys.
One of the “escaped” baby monkeys.
Macaw
Macaw
A mother Ring-tailed lemur with two babies
A mother Ring-tailed lemur with two babies

19-Jacob-Sheep

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.

 

21-Bactrian-Camel

23-Mandrill

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.

The African Leopard’s name is Mowgli
The African Leopard’s name is Mowgli
Ironically, the Warthog on the right is named Mr. Carosi
Ironically, the Warthog on the right is named Mr. Carosi

26-Lion

27-Lion

28-Lion

A rarity at zoos, the lions were awake and playing
A rarity at zoos, the lions were awake and playing. Lions spend a lot of time sleeping during the day.

 

The tigers were also awake and pacing
The tigers were also awake and pacing

 

31-Tigers

32-Tigers

33-Tigers

34-White-Rhinoceros
For several decades, Southwick’s Zoo was home to Dondi the Asian Elephant. She passed away several years ago, but her exhibit is now home to a pair of White Rhinoceros

35-White-Rhinoceros

36-White-Rhinoceros

37-Baby-Lion

38-Baby-Lion
A pleasant surprise for us was a pair of lion cubs.

 

We try to visit Southwick’s Zoo every year, and we thoroughly enjoyed our visit this year. Hopefully you enjoyed the photos.