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Spring Has Arrived
By: Stephanie Buckley, Associate Keeper
27 Apr
2014
Spring Has Arrived

            It looks like the warm weather is here to stay at last! Winter is clearing out and making room for spring. The changing of seasons brings about some pretty big changes at the zoo. We throw open the front gates for our summer hours and welcome in the sunshine. 

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The New Sumatran Tigers
By: Stephen Taylor, Animal Keeper I
31 Mar
2014
The New Sumatran Tigers

As you all may have heard there are two new tigers at the Hattiesburg Zoo. The new cats are Sumatran tigers and are on loan from the LA Zoo. Naturally the Sumatran tigers can be found in Sumatra, an island in western Indonesia. 

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Finding Love at Hattiesburg Zoo
By: Stephanie Buckley, Animal Keeper
11 Nov
2013
Finding Love at Hattiesburg Zoo

As keepers, we consider ourselves animal lovers. To us, this means more than just wanting to get close to and take care of tons of cool critters.  It also means wanting to make the animals we have as happy as possible. Recently, our special project has been our DeBrazza monkey. 

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The Palm Oil Crisis
By: Laura Mehan, Education Specialist
09 Sep
2013
The Palm Oil Crisis

Quick! Grab the closest food item you have! I’m not going to ask you to eat it, although you are more than welcome to and I’m most assuredly not going to talk to you about nutrition. What I would like you to do is look at the ingredients of what you grabbed -the key word you’re looking for is Palm Oil (or one of it’s many thousand derivatives, they disguise it very well). I grabbed a Hershey Bar, and lo and behold it has palm oil in it. 

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4th of July Celebration
By: Stephen Taylor, Animal Keeper
07 Jul
2013
4th of July Celebration

While most of you all were still relaxing and enjoying the 4th of July weekend this past Saturday, the animals at the Hattiesburg Zoo were having a 4th of July party. Tigger was creating fireworks of her own as she played with her patriotic themed box filled with hay and treats hidden inside. 

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New Quarantine Facility
By: Jennifer Trevis, Animal Keeper

One of the newest additions to the zoo isn’t an animal, and you wont be able to see inside of it while visiting the zoo, yet it is super important for the zoo! It is our Animal Hospital and Quarantine Facility. 

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The Llama's New Doo
By: Jessica Downs, Animal Keeper

So, in case you were wondering why our llama’s look like they have had war with a pair of scissors, they have indeed been given a new hair “doo”. It may not be the sleekest or in the most fashion, but it does keep them cooler. 

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Baby Goats
By: Jennifer Trevis, Animal Keeper
01 Jun
2013
Baby Goats

If you haven’t been by the Petting Zoo lately you’re in for a big surprise! Just about three weeks ago two of our female Nigerian Dwarf Goats gave birth to not two but FIVE baby goats, and all of them are girls! Saturday, June 1st will be their debut in the Petting Zoo. 

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Prairie Dog Babies
By: Chelsea Weaver, Animal Keeper
18 Apr
2013
Prairie Dog Babies

A lot of people believe Spring has sprung when flowers begin to bloom and leaves are back on the trees. Others think Spring is here when the temperatures start to climb. Here at the Hattiesburg Zoo, we know it is Spring when the first prairie dog pups emerge! 

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Green Herons
By: Sam Nowicki, Animal Keeper I
09 Apr
2013
Green Herons

Have you been to the alligator exhibit at the zoo lately? Our male, Jacques, usually steals all the attention by sunning himself on the island and showing his full length of 13.5 feet! But you might not have noticed we have some unsuspecting and rather small visitors in the branches of the trees right above their heads that line the back fence to their exhibit. 

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