The Marie Osterbuhr Aviary at the Lee Richardson Zoo is once again alive with a variety of birds as zoo staff recently released birds back into the exhibit from their winter holding areas. Typically the tropical residents that spend the winter off-exhibit are moved outside in May after freeze danger is past. Tuesday keepers released kookaburras, roadrunners, hamerkops, quail doves, Little blue herons, guira cuckoos, blue-faced honey eaters, and Abdim’s storks who joined birds that were able to spend the winter in the flight cage, including bar headed geese, ruddy ducks, speckled pigeons, a white stork and other species.
Ariel, the North American river otter, is a wonderfully protective mother. For the past few weeks she has been teaching her pups to swim. But being a good protective mama, she seemed determined not to anybody watch. You never know when a predator may come by. It has been challenging to spot the pups out of the den. Even our keepers were only getting glimpses of a quick swim, but then Ariel would quickly carry each pup (by the scruff of its neck) quickly back into the den. Quick sightings and the obvious wet trails they left behind were the only evidence that she was bringing them out at all . . . Until now!
Kalmali, a young snow leopard born at the Albuquerque Biological Park in July 2011 arrived at Lee Richardson Zoo April 6th, and began exploring his new home in Wild Asia April 9th. As he adjusts to his new surroundings, the cat will have access to his indoor den, but even in our recent cold snap, he has taken a liking to a hiding place high in the rocks of his outdoor exhibit.
Lee Richardson Zoo welcomed a male addax calf the morning of February 13, 2013. The healthy fifteen pound male was born to the zoo’s breeding pair, Joy and Moe, who are both on breeding loan to LRZ.
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.