December 7, 2023

The animals could not know what time of calendar year it is, but the workers at the Good Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo are prepared for the holidays.

Leroy, the elf, is back again on the gifting tree for those who want to get Xmas gifts to enrich the lives of the animals. You can decide a tag off of the tree in the Raptor Heart and choose it to the sign-up with any other purchases from the reward shop. Presents for the animals are tax-deductible and any person who donates much more than $150 on enrichment products will be invited to view the animals love them.

 Those with animals know how considerably animals take pleasure in their toys and some of the goods on the zoo’s desire record are comparable. There are resilient pet dog toys that stand up to “aggressive chewers,” colourful toys for birds and the bearded dragon, and a Sit and Spin for some of the primates. Seems and smells deliver enrichment much too, which is why the on-line desire list at ( includes a deer get in touch with and hunting scents such as “rabbit urine” or “sow in warmth.”

The wish listing contains toys, beds, puzzle feeders and far more, according to Zoo Supervisor Ashley Burdick. “These toys are specially valuable all through the colder months as they assist continue to keep the animals stimulated when they are inside thanks to the weather conditions.”

Santa Go to

The zoo will host a meet and greet with Santa from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 17, in the Ed Shed.

Recall, the zoo will be closed on Christmas Day. Several hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each individual day of the year except Xmas and Thanksgiving.

Colder weather conditions

The arctic foxes, Todd and Vixie, are putting on their white wintertime coats and some of the other animals, this kind of as the bison, are also doing work on their winter coats, Burdick reported.

“Due to the cooler temperatures, some of the animals may possibly be off-show or have entry to their properties,” she mentioned. Commonly, a good amount of the animals continue to be inside of when the temperature is below freezing (32 degrees F). The 3 more youthful grizzly bears are sleeping far more, but Max, the more mature grizzly, will periodically have obtain to the huge lawn. 

What’s new

Colorful new “arrow signs” have been installed to help people navigate the zoo improved, Burdick stated. “We’ve acquired just one much more that we just need to have to place together however, but there will be five total to assist manual people by way of the zoo, in addition to the map.”

In the operates

The zoo also strategies to add a flight cage for its rehabilitation plan for injured birds. All of the gifts to the Excellent Bend Zoological Culture from this week’s Offering Tuesday fundraiser will go toward this job, anticipated to price $40,000.

The strategy is to build a cage either on zoo grounds or a further acceptable metropolis home area, so the staff members can fully check their patients’ flight capability. This will ensure that the birds are adequately well prepared for launch. Sessions with keepers are performed with a creance, a fine line or cord connected to the leg of a chook to reduce escape for the duration of teaching. A flight cage can residence birds as extensive as required to establish up their flight muscle tissues, as they are able to fly far more than they can throughout a creance session with keepers.

If you missed Supplying Tuesday and would however like to make a calendar year-conclusion donation to the Wonderful Bend Zoological Culture or any of 100 other leads to, visit the Golden Belt Group Foundation’s key web site at