Alligator will outgrow Hillcrest habitat

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Zoo officials want to build a heated pool for Wally that measures at least 14 feet wide by 32 feet long. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Slinking into the corner of his blue plastic baby pool, sliding under the water with only his eyes and tip of his snout […]

Something to do on January 6

The city zoo is open from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday. Call 769-7873 for information.

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 […]

12-21 Holiday Happenings

Today Christmas Nites at the Zoo — 6:30 -8:30 p.m., Hillcrest Park Zoo. Animal exhibits will be decorated for Christmas and those attending will be able to take photographs with Santa or with reptiles, Coco and Cider. Information: 769-7870. Sunday The Lighthouse Mission, 407 L. Casillas Blvd, will host a Christmas dinner from 1 to […]

Dec. 20, 2007 Holiday Happenings

Today Christmas Nites at the Zoo — 6:30 -8:30 p.m., Hillcrest Park Zoo. Animal exhibits will be decorated for Christmas and those attending will be able to take photographs with Santa of reptiles, Coco and Cider. Information: 769-7870. Joni’s Sandia Carolers — 5 -8 p.m., The carolers will begin on Lore Street and travel down […]

Far from the Sere ‘N’ Geti

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Dr. Leslie Morrow meets hyenas Sere ‘N’ Geti Friday at Hillcrest Park Zoo. The hyena pair, Sere, top, and Geti were named by Morrow, whose submission won the Name the Hyenas contest sponsored by the zoo and the Clovis News Journal. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Their native land […]

Former pet hyenas make home at zoo

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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

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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 […]

Sept. 26, 1931

An anteater that escaped from the zoo was captured at the J.W. Smallwood farm, one mile north of the zoo. … A. Hefner, magnetic masseur located on Gidding Street, reduced his price of treatments from $14 a week to $10 a week. … Manager Russell Hardwick’s announcement that the Lyceum Theatre was going to sponsor […]

Letters to the Editor: Zoo’s evolution impresses patron

Having grown up in Clovis many years ago and having lived five blocks west of the zoo, I was pleasantly surprised to see how much it has improved over the years. While visiting relatives during July, we had the pleasure of touring the zoo and meeting some of the workers. The staff was friendly and […]

Police press release: Peacock nest at zoo

Incident Type: There Is No Police Investigation Into Disturbing of a Peahen Nest And Broken Peafowl Eggs At Hillcrest Park Zoo In Clovis Contact Person:  Patrick Whitney, Captain   This media release is to inform the media that there is no Clovis City Police investigation into the breaking of the Peafowl eggs or disturbing of […]

Peacock eggs shattered by Hillcrest Zoo patrons

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CNJ Staff Photo: Sharna Johnson Mother peacocks herd a community brood of young Monday at the Hillcrest Zoo. Zoo officials said a select few of the birds are allowed to hatch young in an effort to control the bird’s population numbers at the park. By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Teen visitors disturbed a peacock nest […]

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 […]

May 16, 1979

A baby buffalo was the newest resident of Hillcrest Park zoo. The unnamed buff weighed in about 90 pounds, according to zookeeper George Newman. … March of Dimes officials reported a recent “walk-a-thon” raised $6,000. … Dennis the Menace told his mother, “I didn’t tell you about the busted window ‘cause you can’t keep a […]

Monkey mom keeps close contact

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Cindy Arnold feeds the spider monkeys Tuesday afternoon at the Hillcrest Zoo. Arnold raised one of the zoo’s spider monkeys after his mother abandoned him at birth. (CNJ staff photos: Andy DeLisle) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The rules of the zoo are smashed by Cindy Arnold. She presses her face against the metal […]

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 […]

Day Trip: Hillcrest Zoo

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CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLisleThe Siberian tiger Blondy lounges in the sun at the Clovis City Zoo. He has been an attraction at the zoo for about two years. Hillcrest Zoo in Clovis offers more than 500 animals including buffaloes and reptiles, according to zoo officials. The zoo sits inside a 140-acre park, with plenty […]

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, […]

Day Trip: Hillcrest Zoo

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CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLisleThe Siberian tiger Blondy lounges in the sun at the Clovis City Zoo. He has been an attraction at the zoo for about two years. Hillcrest Zoo in Clovis offers more than 500 animals including buffaloes and reptiles, according to zoo officials. The zoo sits inside a 140-acre park, with plenty […]

Zoo offering free compost

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Culled from animal pens and mixed with hay and dirt, the compost makes for excellent fertilizer, according to zoo officials. (Staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer It is a sort of secret garden. Through the winding paths of the Hillcrest Zoo lie four heaping piles of animal excrement. Culled from animal […]