Zoo offering exhibit sponsorships

By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico It’s not a move of desperation, conceived to bring money to a lagging enterprise, but the Hillcrest Park Zoo in Clovis is about to take the next step in raising money. Sponsorships. In a sense, according to zoo employees, local businesses have often been able to attach their name […]

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 […]

Letters to the editor: Aquatic center, zoo city standouts

Aquatic center, zoo city standouts I just wanted to pat some people on the back. Have you been to the Clovis zoo lately? It looks wonderful. The exibits look great, as well as the animals. There are a few new exibits, also. The landscaping is awesome. The zoo crew has done and is continuing to […]

Zoo to hold Easter egg hunt Saturday

CNJ Staff Hillcrest Park Zoo will hold an Easter egg hunt 11 a.m. Saturday. The event is for children ages 10 and under. The zoo will charge standard admission prices. Information: 769-7873.

Zoo teeming with new faces

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo The Aoudad, or Barbary sheep, herd has six new little ones at Hillcrest Park Zoo. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer It’s spring … and there are lots of changes at the Hillcrest Park Zoo. The zoo has new babies, prices and exhibits. Spring and summer are the zoo’s busy […]

Residents recall 9/11 memories

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks The Cannon Air Force Base Honor Guard presented the colors as part of a Patriots Day ceremony Thursday at Patriot Outdoors. Patriot Outdoors owner Stephen Powell gave a speech on patriotism. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Marie Lou McAnulla said tears flowed down her face Thursday as soon as […]

Zoo animals keep it cool

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Alpacas sport a new hairdo Thursday at Hillcrest Park Zoo. Zookeeper Mark Yanotti said the pair were sheared recently to remove their heavy winter wool. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Shade, misters, dipping pools and extreme hair cuts are but a few of the ways Hillcrest Park Zoo helps […]

Runaway ferret moved to zoo

CNJ Staff A runaway ferret that attracted a lot of attention in the last week when at least six people stepped forward to claim her has been relocated to Hillcrest Park Zoo. Animal Control Officer Martin Martinez delivered the 1-pound, foot-long white animal Wednesday morning after officials were unable to verify the rightful owner. Zookeeper […]

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 […]

Three charged in zoo incident

CNJ Staff Police charged a man and two juveniles with misdemeanor animal cruelty Friday for feeding hot peppers to primates at the Hillcrest Park Zoo, according to Clovis Police Capt. Patrick Whitney. The charges stem from a March 30 incident where two families were detained by zoo officials after it was discovered spider monkeys and […]

Count her in as zoo volunteer

Somebody fed chili peppers to monkeys at the Clovis zoo over the weekend, causing the animals to suffer irritation when they rubbed their eyes. Clovis’ Sally Lowry responded with this e-mail: “I’ll bet many people would be happy to take turns observing at the zoo, to be sure no cruelty to the animals occurs again. […]

Zoo animals ‘far from safe’

Somebody fed chili peppers to monkeys at the Clovis zoo over the weekend, causing the animals to suffer irritation when they rubbed their eyes. Lisa Wathne of Norfolk, Va., who identified herself as a “captive exotic animals specialist” and representative of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, responded with this e-mail: “By their very […]

Zoo animals fed chili peppers

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CNJ file photo: Andy DeLisle Police are investigating an incident in which spider monkeys and ring-tailed lemurs at Hillcrest Park Zoo were fed chili peppers by visitors over the weekend. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Police are investigating an incident in which spider monkeys and ring-tailed lemurs at Hillcrest Park Zoo were fed chili […]

Zoo break-in reported

CNJ staff A break-in at the zoo appears to be the result of bored youth looking for a place to skateboard, zoo officials said. Hillcrest Park Zoo Director Herschel Arnold said Friday when employees discovered a full length cut in the 8-foot perimeter fence on the back side of the zoo, they quickly surmised skateboarders […]

Alligator will outgrow Hillcrest habitat

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Zoo officials want to build a heated pool for Wally that measures at least 14 feet wide by 32 feet long. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Slinking into the corner of his blue plastic baby pool, sliding under the water with only his eyes and tip of his snout […]

Something to do on January 6

The city zoo is open from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday. Call 769-7873 for information.

Director: Clovis tiger isn’t threat

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Hillcrest Park zookeeper Mike Burns said Blondie has never tried to escape from his pen. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Hillcrest Park Zoo director Herschel Arnold doubts an incident similar to a deadly tiger attack Tuesday at a San Francisco zoo could happen in Clovis. Hillcrest is home to […]

12-21 Holiday Happenings

Today Christmas Nites at the Zoo — 6:30 -8:30 p.m., Hillcrest Park Zoo. Animal exhibits will be decorated for Christmas and those attending will be able to take photographs with Santa or with reptiles, Coco and Cider. Information: 769-7870. Sunday The Lighthouse Mission, 407 L. Casillas Blvd, will host a Christmas dinner from 1 to […]

Dec. 20, 2007 Holiday Happenings

Today Christmas Nites at the Zoo — 6:30 -8:30 p.m., Hillcrest Park Zoo. Animal exhibits will be decorated for Christmas and those attending will be able to take photographs with Santa of reptiles, Coco and Cider. Information: 769-7870. Joni’s Sandia Carolers — 5 -8 p.m., The carolers will begin on Lore Street and travel down […]