Eastern black rhinos are once again enthralling guests at Lee Richardson Zoo. Jabari, a two year old male, and Johari, a five year old female explored their new outdoor habitats for the first time on Thursday, May 12, 2016.
Saturday, May 21, 2016 will be the official welcoming of the two rhinos to their new home. That’s also the day Lee Richardson Zoo will be hosting an Endangered Species Day event. Activities will take place from noon to 4 p.m. at the zoo. Endangered Species Day was created as a special day to focus on the plight of species on the edge of survival and what we are doing to help them as well as what other steps can be implemented to increase the efforts. “It’s about celebrating the successes and looking at small ways we can all help protect habitat and save species. And we’re glad to be playing a role in that effort with the critically endangered black rhino species and other species at the zoo too,” said Whitney Buchman, Curator of Education at Lee Richardson Zoo.
On Saturday March 19, 2016 some of the zookeepers at Lee Richardson Zoo made a happy discovery, the first birth of the year. Mona, the Bactrian camel, gave birth to a gangly legged bundle of joy weighing in at 132.8 lbs. The young calf is the 10th and last offspring of Kahn who passed away last August. In honor of Khan this young male has been named Khan Junior, or KJ for short.
Recently the lions received a new toy. They received an extra sturdy cat climbing structure. It was specially made by Lee Richardson Zoo's maintenance division to withstand the antics of cats (and cubs) that can exceed over 400 pounds.
Buddy and Dude are now on the scene! The two Pallas cats moved into their exhibit last week with little fanfare. And that’s just how they like it. Pallas cats are secretive by nature and these two are now getting accustomed to their new habitat just inside the Wild Asia complex at Lee Richardson Zoo.
Two red panda cubs made their public debut at the Lee Richardson Zoo on Thursday, November 5, venturing out into their sunny yard with their parents. The female cubs, Fia and Enya, are four months old. Over that time the cubs have been growing, learning to climb, and becoming more adventurous in their indoor den. The door to the outside habitat has been open just waiting for the red pandas to be ready to expand their world by going outside.
On Tuesday, July 7th, the lion cubs were allowed out for their first adventures into their enclosure with the adoring public present. Momma lioness, Amali, scanned the area with a watchful eye before letting them venture too far from the barn. The cubs can be viewed at Lee Richardson Zoo every day that the weather, the cubs, and momma Amali allow.