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 […]