Archive for December, 2010

Last minute shoppers?

If you still have last minute shopping for your family or others on your Christmas list, how about a Zoo membership? They make great gifts! You can purchase a membership gift certificate and the recipients can redeem the membership whenever they choose. You will also get an adorable stuffed otter on any new membership purchases in the month of December! Call (812) 435-6143 ext. 407 or visit http://www.meskerparkzoo.com/memberships for details!


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Mesker Park Zoo & Botanic Garden is proud to announce the birth of a male Francois’ Langur (Trachypithecus francoisi). The baby, belonging to mother Liang, was born on November 26, 2010. The baby’s bright orange coloring makes it easy to spot in the langur exhibit, located inside the Discovery Center. The baby is held constantly by either Liang or Sai, another female langur in the collection.

Francois’ Langurs are leaf-eating monkeys found in the forests of Vietnam, Laos, and China. They are usually associated with limestone formations and often sleep in caves. Mother Francois’s Langurs typically have one infant at a time, following a 200-day gestation period, and nurse the baby for up to two years. There are only about seventy Francois Langurs in fourteen North American Zoos, seven of them found at Mesker Park Zoo & Botanic Garden. Francois’s Langurs have been exhibited at the Zoo since the spring of 2003.

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Anya the Cheetah

Photo courtesy of Bill Palmer

The next time you visit the Mesker Park Zoo & Botanic Garden, you will see some new spots! Anya, a five year old female cheetah, was recently added to the Mesker Park Zoo and Botanic Garden animal collection. Anya was born at the Fossil Rim Wildlife Center in Texas on October 22, 2005, and most recently resided at the Hogle Zoo in Utah.

Cheetahs, the fastest land mammal reaching 70-75 miles per hour, are listed by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service as an endangered species. There are anywhere between 9,000–12,000 cheetahs left in the wilds of Africa. Anya is quite a gifted cat in that she was well trained to perform various husbandry behaviors which allow the zoo keeper staff to take better care of her. While Anya is only 96 pounds, cheetahs can weigh anywhere between 75 – 125 pounds. When visiting the Zoo, you will find Anya living by herself. In the wild, cheetahs are normally solitary animals except when coming together during breeding season or when females are raising cubs.

Come out and welcome Anya to the Zoo Family! She is not a very far walk from the entrance and she does enjoy the cold:)!

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