Editorial: Can’t wait to meet baby giraffe

CNJ staff Applause … Clovis zoo officials tell us the giraffe born Jan. 25 is doing well, growing as she should and eating five meals a day. There has been great concern about her ability to survive after she was kicked and rejected by her mother immediately after birth. But zookeepers have been able to […]

Press release: Naming competition for baby giraffe

On January 25, 2012, a baby was born to Jael, our Rothschild giraffe.

In Search of Ponies: Unorthodox relationship good for both parties

Sharna Johnson Ah, Moses and Jael, now theirs was a love like none other. It was an arranged relationship, born of necessity and convenience. It didn’t start with a spark or a glance across the room that stirred butterflies into action. In all reality, the dainty, leggy blond suffering from depression and the small dark […]

Male giraffe arrives at Clovis zoo

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks City Parks and Recreation Director Bill Bizzell feeds an apple to new Hillcrest Park Zoo resident Jay the Giraffe. Jay was delivered at about 5:30 p.m. Sunday, with city officials hoping he and Jael will produce offspring. Kevin Wilson Jael knew something had to be up, with the zoo closed […]

Commission approves budget transfer for giraffe

Kevin Wilson Make room, Jael. You’re about to have some company. The Clovis City Commission approved a $15,500 budget transfer Thursday, allowing Hillcrest Park Zoo staff to pay for the acquisition and delivery of a male giraffe currently owned by The Disney Company. Jael, the zoo’s female giraffe, is in her window for gestation and […]

Zoo officials hope to purchase second giraffe

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File photo Approval of a budget transfer at the Clovis City Commission’s meeting Thursday evening could pave the way for a male partner for Jael the giraffe at the Hillcrest Park Zoo. CNJ staff City zoo officials hope a tall order can be finished in the next few weeks. Staff at the Hillcrest Zoo have […]

Giraffe, goat unlikely pair

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Zookeeper Kathy Yannotti says the Hillcrest Zoo’s giraffe, Jael, is gentle with African pygmy goat Mose and the two seem like a good match. By Tony Gutierrez: CNJ staff writer Zoogoers have been surprised in the last month to see the mismatched pair of Jael the giraffe and Mose the […]

Hillcrest Zoo officials hope to move young giraffe to new pen

By Rick White: CNJ Managing Editor Her new pad has all the amenities a female giraffe could ever want — wall-to-wall grass, a football field’s worth of running room, and even an enclosed shed with a 24-foot ceiling and central heating for those cold eastern New Mexico evenings. But Jael, Hillcrest Zoo’s 3 1/2-year-old female […]