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Leader of the Pack Program
With great sadness, the staff at the Thompson Park Zoo and Conservancy announce the death of Mary the River Otter. Mary was born here at the Zoo in February of 2014. Cause of death has not yet officially been determined, though primary necropsy has revealed a lesion on the brain, as well as a possible lung infection which may have been to blame.
We thank you for your thoughts at this difficult time.
The Zoo is excited to announce a new member of our zoo family. Pandora, our little bobcat, is now on exhibit! She will be alternating days with our longtime leading lady bobcat, Shadow.
Bobcats, also known by their scientific name of Lynx rufus, are an interesting native species. These animals are usually a little larger than a normal house cat and have long hair on their faces. They are easily distinguished (with practice!) from the Canada lynx, who have much larger paws, a black tuft of hair on their ears and a black stripe on their tails.
The best way to experience this furry new addition is with a Zoo family membership! The Zoo offers a variety of memberships to meet all budgets. Memberships are available online or at Guest Services. As always, stay tuned here on the zoo's website and our Facebook page for updates.
*Update: The two cubs acquired this summer have officially been named Terra and Tilly. The bears should all be on exhibit together next spring.*
The Zoo is pleased to announce two new residents!
The Thompson Park Zoo is happy to announce the acquisition of two new Black Bear cubs which arrived from Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks in Montana in mid-March.
The two female bears join Tess, the Zoo’s three year old bear cub,who has been at the Zoo since the summer of 2013.
American Black Bear, or Ursus americanus, are found throughout Canada and in parts of the United States and Mexico and reside primarily in forested areas.
After spending time in quarantine and acquainting themselves to Zoo staff, the bears are now sharing exhibit space with Tess. Visitors interested in seeing the new bear cubs should check with Guest Services during their visit to see if the bears are on exhibit at that time. The Thompson Park Zoo’s Black Bear exhibit is sponsored by Watertown Savings Bank.
The best way to experience these new bears is with a Zoo family membership! The Zoo offers a variety of memberships to meet all budgets. Memberships are available online or at Guest Services. As always, stay tuned to the Zoo’s website (nyszoo.org) and Facebook page for updates on the bears.
The Thompson Park Zoo is happy to announce the birth of nine grey wolf pups on April 18, 2014.
The litter, consisting of seven males and two females, is healthy and adorable. Most of the pups exhibit their father Keenai’s darker fur color. This is the couple’s fourth litter. Previous litters have number five, nine, and seven pups.
The pups are currently spending their time in the den box with their parents. Once the pups are comfortable with their new surroundings, they’ll begin to make their way onto the exhibit space. The grey wolf exhibit is part of the much larger Northern Wolf Trail at the Thompson Park Zoo and is sponsored by Northern Credit Union.
In 1974, it was estimated there were fewer than 300 grey wolves left in the lower 48 United States. Thanks to conservation efforts and responsible breeding programs that number is now estimated at around 6000.
The best way to experience these new wolf pups is with a Zoo family membership. The Zoo offers a variety of membership plans to meet all budgets. Memberships are available online (nyszoo.org) or at Guest Services. As always, stay tuned to the Zoo’s website and Facebook page for more updates.