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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Interactive Zoo map

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Take a virtual tour of the Hillcrest Park Zoo here.

Christmas at zoo ride leaves at 6 p.m.

Christmas at the Zoo Bus rides to view holiday yard of the month properties will leave the Clovis Municipal Zoo at 6 p.m. tonight.

Ticket feature: ‘Christmas Nites’ opening at zoo

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File photo Santa will make appearances at the Hillcrest Park Zoo’s “Christmas Nites at the Zoo” program Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. The event runs 5-8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Freedom New Mexico The upcoming week features plenty of animal magnetism, as the Hillcrest Park Zoo gets set for its annual Christmas Nites at the Zoo […]

Zoo looking for new giraffe

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Hillcrest Park Zoo staff is working towards buying a male giraffe as a mate for Jael. By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico Jael the Giraffe may not know it, but zoo adminstrators do: Her biological clock is ticking and, at 7 years old, she’s in prime shape to have offspring. […]