Former pet hyenas make home at zoo

1194756741-1111naminghyenas.jpg

CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo A contest to name the new hyenas at the Hillcrest Park Zoo starts today. At 10 months old, the hyenas are about one-third of the size of full-grown adults, zoo clerk Laura Shepler said. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Timid and still adjusting to their new home, a pair […]

Bear necessities

1193283248-1025bears1.jpg

CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo The Hillcrest Zoo welcomed two black bear cubs Sunday. The sister cubs are eight months old and weigh about 60 pounds each. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Like any toddler, they go crazy for candy bars, chew on everything in sight, climb things they shouldn’t and crave attention. But […]

Animal instincts

1192154662-zoomonkybranch.jpg

CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson A female spider monkey balances on a tree limb Thursday while playing in her cage at Hillcrest Park Zoo. The limb was introduced as part of the zoo’s enrichment program, which zookeeper Mark Yanotti says helps keep the animals lively and healthy. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Once a […]