Each summer the Menominee Park Zoo obtains a variety of animals from other locations. Cristo Rey Ranch loans farm animals to the zoo. The exotic species are rented using OZS funds. The OZS and the city are committed to reducing animal rentals in the future. This commitment is evident in our Master Plan and in our recent actions. New exhibits are designed for year-round animal display and the animals are owned by the city. The Eagle Exhibit is our next venture and you can help us by donating to the Eagle fund.
Our Olive Baboon is Bubba, and he has been at the zoo since he was a wee juvenile. Olive baboons naturally live in Savanna-like habitats where trees are present. This means that you can often see Bubba sitting high up in his enclosure looking out over the zoo. Olive Baboons are incredibly intelligent animals. You can often see Zookeepers giving Bubba diverse forms of enrichment. This enrichment keeps Bubba entertained and sharp.
For the 2017 season we will be housing Bobcats at the Zoo. Bobcats are so named for their short “bobbed” tail. Bobcat habitat varies from dense forests and mountainous areas to semi-deserts and brush land. Therefore, they can survive any weather patterns Wisconsin throws at them. A permanent Bobcat exhibit is part of the Menominee Park Zoo’s Master Plan!
For the 2017 season we will be housing Vervet Monkeys! Vervet Monkeys are considered Old World Monkeys, meaning that their native habitat resides in Africa, Arabia, or Asia and that they have nonprehensile tails and nostrils close together. This term often refers to monkeys that have hairless faces, flat nails, and shorter arms than legs. Does this sound like any other primate to you?
Alpine Goats are also referred to as Alpine Dairy Goats as they are excellent milk producers. Alpine goats are a hardy species that originates from the Alps in Europe. Goats are very adaptable animals and are capable of thriving in any climate as long as a food source is available.
Sicilian Donkeys are miniature donkeys that originate from the Italian islands of Sicily and Sardinia. Despite their small stature, these donkeys are hard workers and are still used today for agricultural work. They also require smaller amounts of food compared to their larger relatives, full size donkeys and horses, making them an ideal farm animal.
Suffolk Sheep originate from England and are easily distinguishable by their black faces and legs. This distinction occurs because Suffolk Sheep lack wool on their faces and legs, thereby exposing their natural hair color. Suffolk sheep produce medium-grade fleece from their wool.
Llamas are domesticated camelids that originate from the Andes Mountains in South America. Llamas were domesticated as a pack animal, to use for carrying goods through the mountainous terrain. Two main differences between Llamas and Alpacas are their size and their uses. Llamas are 8-10 inches taller and up to 200 pounds larger than their Alpaca cousins. Also, Alpacas were domesticated for their wool and not for carrying heavy loads.
Did You Know?
Alpacas' tails are used to express feelings to each other. If they're bothered by something they will twitch it back and forth. If an animal is being submissive it will raise its tail over its body and crouch down.