Lee Richardson Zoo happily announces the birth of a Chinese goral. The morning of May 28th, keepers found the newborn and its mother in the barn. This is the first goral born at the zoo in sixteen years. The dark brown female offspring, who weighed in at 6 pounds, 4 ounces, was born earlier that morning, and was described as full of energy and curious by Keeper II, Jordan Piha. This is the first kid for the sixteen-year old mother Mina (who was the last goral born at Lee Richardson Zoo) and four-year old father, Cliff.
Lee Richardson Zoo has opened a new viewing area for visitors where they can get a closer look at red kangaroos and emus. The zoo has been the home to both species for a number of years but as new exhibits have been added, viewing opportunities have changed.
The Lee Richardson Zoo is now offering public Giraffe Encounters on Saturdays & Sundays throughout the summer. From 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm, weather permitting and giraffes willing, guests will be able to purchase “keeper approved” food and experience a close encounter with the tallest land animal on the planet.
The “stork” made a special delivery to the Lee Richardson Zoo Friday, March 21st with the birth of a male Bactrian camel. Described as quite rambunctious by keeper Pablo Holguin, the baby stands 4 ½ to 5 feet tall, and weighed in at 125 pounds. This is the ninth calf for the eighteen-year old mother Mona and nineteen-year old father, Khan.
Two rare Sichuan takin (rhymes with rockin’) have joined our family at Lee Richardson Zoo. Recently arrived from the San Diego Zoo, four year old Oliver and seven year old Louie have settled right in and are confounding the camels, who, like our visitors, are wondering what moved in next door.
Thanks to a strong base of community support the Cat Canyon exhibit project has finally began construction. Keep checking back to see an updated slideshow of the progress.
Lee Richardson Zoo staff is mourning the loss of a beloved member of our animal collection. Ahadi, a black rhinoceros, passed away late Tuesday after becoming ill on Saturday. Nicknamed “Howdi” by his keepers, he arrived in Garden City from Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo in July 1990 and quickly became a favorite with both staff and visitors. Howdi would have been 25 years old in May.