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.
Seasonal animals for the 2020 summer season include:
Bobcat: Bobcat are wild cats that are about twice the size of house cats. They range from Quebec Canada to Mexico and are a native Wisconsin species that primarily lives in the northern forests of the state. These animals are, crepuscular, which means they actively hunt at sunrise and sunset, and primarily hunt rabbit-sized prey but will occasionally take larger prey like white-tailed deer.
Bobcat used to be abundant in Wisconsin but the population was dramatically reduced because of bounty hunting between 1867-1964. After protections were introduced in 1970, the population increased and is considered a conservation success. In 2018, about twice as many bobcat were sighted than the historical average.
Read more about Bobcat at EEK! Critter Corner
Coatimundi :Coatimunda, or coati, are relatives of raccoon which explains their ringed tail. They range from South America, through Central America and the southern parts of the United States. They are diurnal, which means that they are active during the day and sleep at night. Like raccoons, they sleep in trees, however they build their own nests, while raccoons use natural cavities. Like raccoon, they are omnivorous, eating a wide variety of food, like insects, fruits and garbage left by humans.
Ring-tailed Lemur (more information coming soon)
Did You Know?
Female sheep (ewes) are very caring mothers and form deep bonds with their lambs that can recognize them by their call (bleat) when they wander too far away.