Clovis zoo’s baby giraffe makes debut

Cannon Connections: Tony Bullocks Seven-week-old Jerrica was made available for public viewing for the first time Tuesday at Hillcrest Park Zoo. Jerrica, who was born at the zoo, was placed in an exhibit next to her mother, Jael. Assistant Zoo Director Mark Yannotti said, “I’ve never seen it this busy in all of my 26 […]

Jerrica’s first day out

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Seven-week-old Jerrica was made available for public viewing for the first time Tuesday at Hillcrest Park Zoo. Jerrica, who was born at the zoo, was placed in exhibit next to her mother, Jael. Assistant Zoo Director Mark Yannotti said, “I’ve never seen it this busy in all of my 26 […]

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 […]

City announces giraffe naming contest

Freedom New Mexico The city of Clovis announced Friday a contest to name the giraffe born Jan. 25 in the Hillcrest Park Zoo. The Parks and Recreation Department is accepting suggestions via mail to 500 Sycamore, Clovis, NM 88101. Entries should include contact information for the submitter, including a name, address and phone number or […]

Clovis zoo has baby giraffe

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Clovis’ Hillcrest Park Zoo has a new resident. A female giraffe, already 6 feet tall, was born about 9 p.m. Wednesday night, officials said. Kevin Wilson The Clovis zoo’s newest arrival was somewhat of a surprise to zoo staff. Jael the Giraffe gave birth at around 9 p.m. Wednesday night […]

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 […]

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 […]

Tiger cub donated to Clovis zoo

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Zoo Curator Mark Yannotti feeds Sooner, a 12-week-old tiger, who was donated to the Hillcrest Park Zoo from an Oklahoma exotic animal facility. Sharna Johnson When he wakes, he bounds to his feet and goes looking for his bottle, finding it quickly in the hands of his mother. After a […]

Hyenas may get new enclosure at zoo

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Getti, a 3-year-old hyena at Hillcrest Park Zoo, had to be separated from Sere his intended mate because when the pair began fighting, keepers feared they might hurt or kill each other. Sharna Johnson Stephanie Nutter is on a mission to bring a pair of hyenas back to earth. In-between […]

Clovis zoo should be private effort

I like Clovis’ zoo and the people who work there, while still fully understanding that zoos should be private entities and not government-run. Most of the negative comments I have read concerning the death of Jay, the male giraffe, were related to the perception that money had been wasted by the city on a giraffe. […]

Day trip: Amarillo Zoo

Amarillo Zoo • Location: 200 Comanchero Trail in Amarillo • What activities can you enjoy at this location: Find exhibits featuring reptiles, big cats, bison, elk, coyotes, fox and other animal life native to Texas. • What ages is this place best suited for?: All ages • Admission prices?: $3 adults, 13-61; $2 seniors, 62 […]

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 […]

Stolen turtle returned to zoo

Freedom New Mexico A Hillcrest Park Zoo employee told police he wants to press charges against a man accused of stealing a turtle and trying to sell it on the Internet. A Clovis Police Department report states Officer Cameron Reeves responded to a call made by zookeeper Cody Machen Tuesday. According to Reeves’ report, Machen […]

Day trip: Spring River Zoo

Courtesy photo Spring River Zoo is located at 1306 E. College Blvd. in Roswell. Gabriel Monte Spring River Zoo • Location: 1306 E. College Blvd, Roswell • What activities can you enjoy at this location: Native plants and animals and several unique attractions. Thirty-four acres of parkland with five main zoo areas located on the […]

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 […]

Male giraffe arrives at Clovis zoo

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks City Parks and Recreation Director Bill Bizzell feeds an apple to new Hillcrest Park Zoo resident Jay the Giraffe. Jay was delivered at about 5:30 p.m. Sunday, with city officials hoping he and Jael will produce offspring. Kevin Wilson Jael knew something had to be up, with the zoo closed […]

Zoo officials hope to purchase second giraffe

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File photo Approval of a budget transfer at the Clovis City Commission’s meeting Thursday evening could pave the way for a male partner for Jael the giraffe at the Hillcrest Park Zoo. CNJ staff City zoo officials hope a tall order can be finished in the next few weeks. Staff at the Hillcrest Zoo have […]

Animal ambassadors

Cannon Connections photo: Liliana Castillo Kathleen Kosman, a zookeeper with the Rio Grande Zoo, tells children about the leopard gecko. The gecko can shed its fatty tale to get away from predators. The Rio Grande Zoo program called Zoo To You does just that. The group of animal ambassadors visited children and youth July 8 […]