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Monday, October 25, 2010

New Animal Additions
Written by: Ashley Stalvig

It’s always exciting to add new animals to our zoo family and this summer/fall has been especially exciting! The addition of six new and varying creatures has livened up our animal collection here at the Lake Superior Zoo.

Three young ring-tailed lemurs, Sterling, Titan, and Colby are front and center in the old lemur exhibit in the Primate Conservation Center. The male is almost three years old and the twin sisters, who are unrelated to the male, are almost two. They are on loan to us from a small zoo in Minnesota. They are continually getting more comfortable with their new surroundings and we are excited to see them grow and play together.

A second muntjac, Elmer, has joined Ethel and the pheasants in the main building exhibit. Elmer is six months old, and will have antlers when he is full grown. We are excited to see him mature into a handsome adult. When full grown he will be approximately 37 inches tall, only slightly taller than Ethel is currently!

Many of you are familiar with Petrie the white skunk we received a few months back, but what Petrie doesn’t yet know is that there’s a new skunk in town! Penelope, a five month old skunk is currently living in the Griggs Learning Center with the education animals. When she has grown she will be joining Petrie in his outdoor exhibit. For now, she is learning to forage for food and hunt for bugs; skills that will come in handy outdoors. Petrie and Penelope are both social animals and will greatly enjoy each others’ company.

Then there’s Darla, a seven year old registered miniature horse that has joined our beloved barnyard friends. Darla is on loan to us from a private farm, and has been an energetic addition to our petting zoo and to Boo at the Zoo. She’s still learning to graciously accept those yummy pellets from eager children so as always, keep your hand flat when feeding any of the barnyard animals!

Keep your eyes open next time you visit the zoo and you’ll probably spot these friendly new faces!

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