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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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Meet the Animal Care Staff
By: Animal Care Staff, Animal Keepers
13 Mar
2013
Meet the Animal Care Staff

Here at the Hattiesburg Zoo, we like to provide opportunities for our guests to get to know the animals they are viewing, both on a species level and as an individual. From Keeper Chats to Animal Encounters, we love to brag about the great animal ambassadors we get to work with and have entertaining stories for the majority of them! 

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All Out of Sorts
By: Jessica Downs, Animal Keeper
01 Feb
2013
All Out of Sorts

 Sometimes, a keeper will find that one of the animals in their care has accidentally ingested something that was not intended for consumption. In the best case scenario, this would only entail mild stomach upset. Worst case scenario could prove fatal. 

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Come say "Hello!" to Bella and Beau!
By: Chelsea Weaver, Animal Keeper
25 Jan
2013
Come say "Hello!" to Bella and Beau!

We have two new editions to our zoo family! They are two juvenile Brown Pelicans, a female named Bella and a male named Beau. Both of these pelicans came to us through a wildlife rehabilitation center. 

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