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Animal Enrichment
By: Jenn Trevis, Animal Keeper
13 Sep
2014
Animal Enrichment

Have you ever walked by the Cotton-Top Tamarin exhibit and noticed them snuggled up in a basket of hay, or walked past the South American yard and noticed a log full of branches? These are just two different types of enrichment that some of our animals get every day. 

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Beastly Bogus #1
By: Stephanie Buckley, Animal Keeper
24 Aug
2014
Beastly Bogus #1

As keepers, it is not only our job, but our passion to learn as much as we can about animals. We are chock full of fascinating, fun, and sometimes totally useless animal facts. We are so focused on learning and the truth that we often forget about many widely excepted “false truths” about the animal world, until they are brought up to us by other people. Today, I’m going to rock your world! I’m going to give you 4 commonly known “facts” about animals, and separate the truth from the tall tale. 

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Summer Heat
By: Corissa Boaman, Animal Keeper
13 Aug
2014
Summer Heat

Summer is in full force here in Mississippi.  Not only does this mean it is hot for the people at the zoo, but for the animals as well.  Luckily, all of the animals here at the Hattiesburg Zoo can handle warmer climates.  That is why we don’t have any polar bears or snow leopards at the zoo, they would have a hard time handling this summer heat.  

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A Day As A Keeper
By: Corissa Boaman, Associate Keeper
24 Jun
2014
A Day As A Keeper

Ever wonder what exactly a day in the life of a zookeeper entails?  It is quite the busy day that’s for sure.  First thing when we all get to work, we have a quick ‘pre-meeting’ with our Animal Curator; the person that oversees care for the animals.  

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In Memory of Tigger
By: Stephanie Buckley, Associate Keeper
16 Jun
2014
In Memory of Tigger

This blog is in memoriam of Tigger, our Siberian tiger. She spent her entire seventeen years at the Hattiesburg zoo, and in her time here, she had a profound impact on so many people! The guests loved her, and the keepers love to see the guests’ affection for her, like the little girl who brings her toy tiger with her every time she comes to see her, and the family who brought flowers for her after they heard she passed. 

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Mississippi Alligators
By: Jeremy Cumpton, Associate Keeper

With the weather warming up everyone is getting their groove back, especially our American alligators! During the winter alligators will go through brumation, which is similar to hibernation but not as severe. During this time they rarely move out of the water. But now, these apex predators are becoming more and more active during the day, which means that feeding time is just around the corner and you will be able to start watching them munch down on some delicious delicacies such as raw chicken, YUM!

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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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