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THE CARE & FEEDING OF JOHN BALL ZOO'S BABY PENGUINS.

 

 

David's blog is accompanied by a video blog.  Find it at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tgkhm8LAcuY

 

 

John Ball Zoo’s penguin species is the Magellanic or Spheniscus magellanicus.  They are native to Chile, Argentina and the Falkland Islands in the southern hemisphere.   As wild birds they would begin breeding about September, but we keep our flock on a light cycle that mimics the northern hemisphere (particularly Grand Rapids) so ours begin breeding in March.  Females almost always lay 2 eggs,

 

MEET GERALD & BETTY

With Independence Day coming up this is a great time to focus on our two Bald Eagles, Gerald and Betty.

Gerald and Betty have been long time fixtures at the zoo, arriving here in 1988 from Dickerson Park Zoo in Springfield, Missouri.  In 1995 a new bald eagle enclosure was built near the front of the zoo as part of the aquarium construction.  They have been there ever since.

Hello Neighbor! Mixed Species Exhibits

A “mixed species” exhibit is one in which a few different kinds of animals live in the same zoo habitat.  Mixed species exhibits are great for the zoo visitors; it’s fun to learn about ecosystems and the interactions between animals in the wild.  If one animal decides to hide from view, there might be another in the same enclosure that is up and active.  Mixed-species exhibits are great for the animals too!  When everyone gets along, living together is more stimulating for all the animals in the exhibit.  But it takes planning and work to make sure that the neighbors stay friendly.  So how does it work?

 

GETTING TO KNOW THE SOUTHERN GROUND HORNBILLS

The John Ball Zoo has a pair of Southern Ground Hornbills in the African Veldt exhibit near the back of the zoo. You many also see Eastern Bongo, a White Backed Vulture, some Egyptian Geese and Guinea Fowl, but I’m betting you will probably remember the Hornbills the best. They are very active in our exhibit whether chasing the other birds in the exhibit, chipmunks and any other animal that found its way into the yard, or digging things up.