Tiger’s tale: A few quick facts about the zoo’s latest feline resident

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Tonjia Rolan Sooner, a Bengal tiger, was born in a wildlife preserve in Wynnewood, Okla., in May. When he arrived in Clovis at 11 weeks old, he barely had his eyes open. Today he is thriving under the care of Mark Yannotti, assistant zoo director at Hillcrest Park Zoo, who […]

Director: Clovis tiger isn’t threat

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Hillcrest Park zookeeper Mike Burns said Blondie has never tried to escape from his pen. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Hillcrest Park Zoo director Herschel Arnold doubts an incident similar to a deadly tiger attack Tuesday at a San Francisco zoo could happen in Clovis. Hillcrest is home to […]

More than family mourn death of Woods’ father

Freedom Newspapers According to John Strege’s 1997 biography, “Tiger,” Tiger Woods fell in love with golf at the ripe old age of 6 months. Tiger’s father, Earl, retired from the Army, had taken up golf at the age of 42 and was working hard to improve his game. He built a makeshift driving range in […]

Zoo animals beat heat

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Just monkeying around, this juvenile spider monkey is undaunted by the afternoon heat Wednesday at Hillcrest Zoo in Clovis. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The camel at the Hillcrest Park Zoo is shedding. Strands of thick hair dangle from its side. Patches of skin are revealed in a haphazard pattern, […]

Lab results say blood clot killed zoo’s tiger

By Jack King Sabre, the white Bengal tiger who died at Hillcrest Zoo in December, died of a blood clot in a kidney brought on by high blood pressure, according to lab results received this week. Sabre was found dead in his cage Dec. 4. A necropsy was performed the same day and parts of […]

New Mexico loves to show off its stars

Ned Cantwell There is something about stars — the kind that ride in limousines and fly first class, not the kind that populate our skies — that make people giddy. Val Kilmer’s relationship with our state — is it love, is it hate? — got me to thinking about stars with New Mexico connections. We […]