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 […]

Education Feature: Canines core of CCC class

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle Mark Yannotti holds Boz, left, a terrier mix, and Candy, a golden retriever. Yannotti will teach a “Dogs, Wolves and Other K-9s” class at Clovis Community College. Boz and Candy may attend the class. By Helena Rodriguez: CNJ staff writer Forget about lions, tigers and bears. Hillcrest Zoo will be […]

Zoo misadventure traps family

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer A Tuesday afternoon excursion to the zoo left a 29-year-old Clovis man and his two daughters in the same situation as the animals — locked behind bars. Getting off work a little early, Chris Gauna decided to treat his children — 2 and 3 years old — to a […]

Where the bison roam

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CNJ Staff Photo: Marlena HartzThe outlines of bison kept at Ned Houk Park are illuminated during sunset. By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Far from the pens of the Hillcrest Zoo, 10 shaggy bison roam along the banks of Ned Houk Park in Clovis. The plot of land at Ned Houk, enclosed by barbed wire, […]

Area youngsters get a feel for reptiles in zoo’s library demonstration

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The Blue-Tongued Skink was one of several Reptiles on hand during “Leapin’ Lizards” Monday at Clovis-Carver Public Library. The program was a hands-on program by the zoo to teach kids about amphibians and reptiles. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ staff writer When Clovis’ Becky Huerta was a little girl, she said she […]