Jerrica making debut

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Jerrica the giraffe will be available for her first public viewing Tuesday. Wednesday will mark 7 weeks since she was born at the city’s zoo at Hillcrest Park. Tonjia Rolan Hillcrest Park Zoo’s baby giraffe, Jerrica, should make her public debut Tuesday. “We did a trial run today,” zoo director […]

Baby giraffe named Jerrica

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Rebecca Holt of Clovis, winner of the Hillcrest park Zoo’s giraffe naming contest, puckers up Wedneday to give Jerrica a kiss. Holt said she suggested Jerrica for the 6-week-old female giraffe because the name means strong and beautiful. Tonjia Rolan A frequent visitor to Hillcrest Park Zoo with her two […]

Official: Baby giraffe doing well

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Clovis Hillcrest zookeeper David Sanders, left, feeds the baby giraffe Tuesday, one of her five daily feedings, with assistance from Mark Yannotti. Tonjia Rolan Hillcrest Park Zoo’s 3-week-old baby giraffe has grown about 2 inches and is doing fine, according to assistant zoo director Mark Yannotti. Yannotti said Tuesday zoo […]

Press release: Ribbon cutting set for dog park

The City of Clovis will be holding a ribbon cutting for the new dog park area at Hillcrest Park at 12:30 p.m., Monday, February 6th, 2012.

Tiger’s tale: A few quick facts about the zoo’s latest feline resident

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Tonjia Rolan Sooner, a Bengal tiger, was born in a wildlife preserve in Wynnewood, Okla., in May. When he arrived in Clovis at 11 weeks old, he barely had his eyes open. Today he is thriving under the care of Mark Yannotti, assistant zoo director at Hillcrest Park Zoo, who […]

Full steam ahead

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CNJ staff photo: Benna Sayyed A wire company worker raises telecommunication cables to allow the locomotive a clear passage on West Grand Avenue. Benna Sayyed A 105-year-old locomotive retired in Hillcrest Park since 1954 was moved Thursday to its new home, one day ahead of a funding-based deadline. The 144,000-pound steam-engine relic had to be […]

Train to move to Hillcrest Park parking lot

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CNJ staff photo: Gabriel Monte David Ortiz of Joe Bennett Trucking Co. sets a piece of wood under the No. 9005 train engine on Saturday at Hillcrest Park. Crew members worked to prepare the locomotive to be moved to the Clovis Train Depot on First and Main streets. Benna Sayyed The first movements of the […]

Night holiday event showcases zoo

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CNJ staff photo: Benna Sayyed Hillcrest Park Zoo Director Vince Romero, left, shows his daughter Olivia holiday decorations displayed at Hillcrest Park Zoo. The decorations are part of the Christmas Nites at the Zoo event Tuesday through Saturday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Benna Sayyed Donna Wilson is taking her granddaughter to the Hillcrest […]

Hillcrest train on the move soon

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks A 105-year-old locomotive retired in Hillcrest Park since 1954 will be moved to the Clovis Depot Model Train Museum. By Benna Sayyed: CNJ staff writer A 105-year-old locomotive retired in Hillcrest Park since 1954 will soon be on the move. It’s headed for the Clovis Depot Model Train Museum at […]

Ticket feature: Wiener Nationals set for Saturday

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File photo The third annual Wiener Nationals are set for Saturday at 11 a.m. at Hillcrest Park. Admission to the races is free with donations given to the High Plains Humane Society. Freedom New Mexico The third annual Wiener Nationals is taking place Saturday morning at Hillcrest Park. The event, designed to raise money for […]

Newest Clovis zoo giraffe dies

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File photo Jay the giraffe was moved to Clovis’ Hillcrest Zoo on Oct. 10. He died Saturday, nearly five months after his arrival. Kevin Wilson Jay, a giraffe who had resided at the Hillcrest Park Zoo for approximately four months, died Saturday. City Manager Joe Thomas said zoo staff found Jay down in his pen […]

Zoo preparing for holiday celebration

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File photo The Christmas at the Zoo celebration begins Tuesday evening and runs 5-7 p.m. each evening through Dec. 18 CNJ staff The Hillcrest Park Zoo is getting set for its annual presentation of animals, lights and Santa Claus. The Christmas at the Zoo celebration is set for next week. It begins Tuesday evening, and […]

City negotiating purchase of giraffe

Kevin Wilson City officials say Jay the Giraffe is still a few weeks away. City Purchasing Agent David Boswell said Tuesday he is still working on a contract that would bring the male giraffe to the Hillcrest Zoo, where city officials hope he can produce offspring with Jael, a female. “We’re working on the contract […]

‘Rock the City’ about ministry, fun

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CNJ staff photo: Alisa Boswell Mike Napier explains how to use a pamphlet on faith during evangelism training to prepare for Rock the City from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at Hillcrest Park. Alisa Boswell The annual block party, Rock the City, kicks off with music, games and food noon Saturday at Hillcrest Park. The […]

Interactive Zoo map

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Take a virtual tour of the Hillcrest Park Zoo here.

Hillcrest Park Zoo posts temporary schedule

Freedom New Mexico The Hillcrest Park Zoo is trying out longer hours for the remainder of the summer break to try and beat the heat, according to Assistant Zoo Director Vince Romero. Romero said visitors have been requesting the zoo open earlier in the morning and stay open later when it’s cooler outside. Romero said […]

City officials urge caution at Hillcrest Park

CNJ staff The Clovis Parks and Recreation Department is cautioning residents not to climb the wall located at Hillcrest Park. Parks and Recreation director Rob Carter said the wall is not safe. His warning is in response to a photo in Thursday’s Clovis News Journal showing a youngster climbing the wall. Carter said the wall […]

First person: Animal enthusiast

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Cody Machen, Hillcrest Park Zoo keeper, was bit by the venomous gila monster, but wouldn’t let himself be afraid to hold it. Zookeeper Cody Machen has always loved reptiles and had them as pets as a child. Machen, 22, was bitten by a gila monster at the Hillcrest Park Zoo […]

Events honor Clovis’ rock ‘n’ roll history

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CNJ staff photo: Gabriel Monte Norman Petty Recording Studio Curator Kenneth Broad said he donated a sizable amount of artifacts including musical equipment and photos to the Norman and Vi Petty Rock ‘n’ Roll Museum. The museum has an inventory of about 400 items. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Sitting in a beach chair […]

Officials ferret out solution

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Officials said a ferret in the custody of Clovis Animal Control is headed to the zoo if her owner cannot be verified. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A ferret at the center of custody battle will be calling Hillcrest Park Zoo home if her owner can’t be identified by […]