A Stroll Through Southwick Zoo

Written by Rick Wright. Posted in Features

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Published on June 30, 2013 at 2:00 am with 7 Comments

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.

 

About Rick Wright

Rick has been a long term MiceChat author and co-founder of the Weekend Update. You will often find Rick in the position of "Greeter" at official events due to his warm and welcoming spirit. If you've got photos, news or trip reports to share, Rick would love to hear from you: [email protected]

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  • DobbysCloset

    Wonderful photos, thank you very much. People pay to feed giraffes? Do you think I could charge neighbors a small fee to feed my doggies? I could use the extra dough, and dogs are eating machines — they could eat all day,

    • http://www.wdwthemeparks.com Tim Grassey

      Do you have those rare dogs that are 12 feet tall and have really long necks?

  • eicarr

    What a cool zoo!! Thanks for sharing. Wish I lived nearby. Hope all that do live nearby visit and feed a giraff for me.

  • GreeneBean

    I grew up in Mendon. How did you ever find it?! Also, you forgot to mention the red bat.

    • http://www.wdwthemeparks.com Tim Grassey

      That was delibrate… the collective groans at the horrible joke resulted in it not getting mentioned.

  • Baloo

    love the coloring on the capybara. It is strange seeing it by itself though. those animals usually stay in family packs. Saw dozens of them in the amazon jungle in Peru tanning along the rivers edge and taking long swims. Its interesting seeing them interacting in the wild. A male capybara sits along the highest point on the rivers edge and keeps a look out when they feel threaten all the young ones rush with the females into the jungles while others distract the threat

    • http://www.wdwthemeparks.com Tim Grassey

      That’s pretty cool, I’d love to see them in the wild.