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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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Animal Christmas Gifts
By: Chelsea Weaver, Animal Keeper

‘Twas the week before Christmas, and all through the zoo…The animals received presents, just like me and you! The animals here at the Hattiesburg Zoo received some fantastic gifts with the help of Miss Krissy’s Christmas campers, the keepers, and the one and only Santa Claus! 

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Workshop in Galveston
By: Sam Nowicki, Animal Keeper
19 Dec
2012
Workshop in Galveston

It’s not often that zoo keepers take time to go places, but the first week of December Chelsea Weaver, our enrichment coordinator, and myself were privileged to attend a workshop in Galveston, Texas together at the beautiful facility Moody Gardens. What would a workshop for zoo keepers entail? 

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New Baby Blue Duiker
By: Chelsea Weaver, Animal Keeper
08 Dec
2012
New Baby Blue Duiker

Come help us celebrate our newest member to the Hattiesburg Zoo family, a baby boy Blue Duiker.  He was born on November 28th, early in the morning so it was a wonderful surprise for the keepers to find him in with Gigi (mom) curled up amongst the bamboo.

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Thanksgiving Enrichment Day
By: Sam Nowicki, Animal Keeper
25 Nov
2012
Thanksgiving Enrichment Day

On Saturday, November 24th, our enrichment coordinator Chelsea Weaver provided a fun program of Thanksgiving-themed toys and food for our animals to enjoy!

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Missing Our Laughing Kookaburra
By: Katie Barry, Animal Care Supervisor
20 Nov
2012
Missing Our Laughing Kookaburra

Today the keeper staff is sad to share the news of the passing of the Laughing Kookaburra, Lizzy. She sang the most beautiful of all the zoo animals as the keepers would tell you.

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Lion-Tailed Macaques
By: Katie Barry, Animal Care Supervisor
15 Nov
2012
Lion-Tailed Macaques

Come monkey around with the new Lion-tailed Macaques that are enjoying their new exhibit.  Lion-tailed Macaques are native to India, but our macaques are happy to call Hattiesburg their home.

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