Far from the Sere ‘N’ Geti

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Dr. Leslie Morrow meets hyenas Sere ‘N’ Geti Friday at Hillcrest Park Zoo. The hyena pair, Sere, top, and Geti were named by Morrow, whose submission won the Name the Hyenas contest sponsored by the zoo and the Clovis News Journal. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Their native land […]

Former pet hyenas make home at zoo

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo A contest to name the new hyenas at the Hillcrest Park Zoo starts today. At 10 months old, the hyenas are about one-third of the size of full-grown adults, zoo clerk Laura Shepler said. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Timid and still adjusting to their new home, a pair […]

Bear necessities

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo The Hillcrest Zoo welcomed two black bear cubs Sunday. The sister cubs are eight months old and weigh about 60 pounds each. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Like any toddler, they go crazy for candy bars, chew on everything in sight, climb things they shouldn’t and crave attention. But […]

Sept. 26, 1931

An anteater that escaped from the zoo was captured at the J.W. Smallwood farm, one mile north of the zoo. … A. Hefner, magnetic masseur located on Gidding Street, reduced his price of treatments from $14 a week to $10 a week. … Manager Russell Hardwick’s announcement that the Lyceum Theatre was going to sponsor […]

Letters to the Editor: Zoo’s evolution impresses patron

Having grown up in Clovis many years ago and having lived five blocks west of the zoo, I was pleasantly surprised to see how much it has improved over the years. While visiting relatives during July, we had the pleasure of touring the zoo and meeting some of the workers. The staff was friendly and […]

Police press release: Peacock nest at zoo

Incident Type: There Is No Police Investigation Into Disturbing of a Peahen Nest And Broken Peafowl Eggs At Hillcrest Park Zoo In Clovis Contact Person:  Patrick Whitney, Captain   This media release is to inform the media that there is no Clovis City Police investigation into the breaking of the Peafowl eggs or disturbing of […]

Peacock eggs shattered by Hillcrest Zoo patrons

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CNJ Staff Photo: Sharna Johnson Mother peacocks herd a community brood of young Monday at the Hillcrest Zoo. Zoo officials said a select few of the birds are allowed to hatch young in an effort to control the bird’s population numbers at the park. By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Teen visitors disturbed a peacock nest […]

Giraffe, goat unlikely pair

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Zookeeper Kathy Yannotti says the Hillcrest Zoo’s giraffe, Jael, is gentle with African pygmy goat Mose and the two seem like a good match. By Tony Gutierrez: CNJ staff writer Zoogoers have been surprised in the last month to see the mismatched pair of Jael the giraffe and Mose the […]

May 16, 1979

A baby buffalo was the newest resident of Hillcrest Park zoo. The unnamed buff weighed in about 90 pounds, according to zookeeper George Newman. … March of Dimes officials reported a recent “walk-a-thon” raised $6,000. … Dennis the Menace told his mother, “I didn’t tell you about the busted window ‘cause you can’t keep a […]

Monkey mom keeps close contact

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Cindy Arnold feeds the spider monkeys Tuesday afternoon at the Hillcrest Zoo. Arnold raised one of the zoo’s spider monkeys after his mother abandoned him at birth. (CNJ staff photos: Andy DeLisle) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The rules of the zoo are smashed by Cindy Arnold. She presses her face against the metal […]