12/4 Letters to the editor

Editor’s note: Bernardo Baca refers to a newspaper story promotion that referenced zoo animals and jail inmates being watched and fed on Thanksgiving. Paper’s zoo animal reference insensitive A recent inference that inmates are equal to the animals at the zoo is an outrage! I am very offended and cannot believe that you could be […]

‘Zoo to You’ brings exotic animals to schools

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Mesa Elementary a third-grader Destiny Williams looks at a leopard gecko Tuesday at the school during a visit by representatives of Albuquerque’s Rio Grande Zoo. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A periodic meow and a range of other noises, including human-like greetings and high-pitched squeaks, emanated from the cloth-covered cage. […]

Zoo animals beat heat

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Just monkeying around, this juvenile spider monkey is undaunted by the afternoon heat Wednesday at Hillcrest Zoo in Clovis. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The camel at the Hillcrest Park Zoo is shedding. Strands of thick hair dangle from its side. Patches of skin are revealed in a haphazard pattern, […]

Reporter’s notebook: Resident recalls favorite prank

Clovis’ Harold Burris was asked to report the best April Fools’ prank he’s witnessed. This was his response: “My favorite is one that flourished in the Kansas City area in the l970s (and I have used it in the Clovis area since l991). “Someone would leave a call slip on the desk of the “victim,” […]

Hillcrest Zoo officials hope to move young giraffe to new pen

By Rick White: CNJ Managing Editor Her new pad has all the amenities a female giraffe could ever want — wall-to-wall grass, a football field’s worth of running room, and even an enclosed shed with a 24-foot ceiling and central heating for those cold eastern New Mexico evenings. But Jael, Hillcrest Zoo’s 3 1/2-year-old female […]

Clovis is sizzling in summer heat

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Rodrick Dean, 7, of Clovis, spread out as he dries off on the concrete surrounding the pool at Potter Park Saturday during the Juneteenth Celebration. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Mike Linn: CNJ News Editor A few days ago Dennis Shaw was plowing his dryland wheat field near Ranchvale when the air conditioner in […]

Lab results say blood clot killed zoo’s tiger

By Jack King Sabre, the white Bengal tiger who died at Hillcrest Zoo in December, died of a blood clot in a kidney brought on by high blood pressure, according to lab results received this week. Sabre was found dead in his cage Dec. 4. A necropsy was performed the same day and parts of […]