Flick

hog-nosed_snake
Flick Brumation is a phrase scientists use to describe animals that tuck themselves in for the winter and as spring temperatures warm up these animals begin to wake up. Zookeepers can also maintain special warm climates when necessary. Flick, technically Heterodon platirhinos is also known as a Hog

Some Pig

Wilbur
Feral pigs throughout California are considered a nuisance to many people, a treasure to some and fair game to others. Invite pigs Wilber and Templeton to a party and they will snack on plants, use their strong snouts to plow up earth seeking roots and grubs, and ultimately dig out a muddy puddle fo

Snakes!

Rattlesnake sign
Recently Zoo Staff gathered together at City Hall for more than an hour of insightful information about rattlesnakes provided by Mike Cardwell who volunteers his expertise at Effe Yeaw Nature Center in Carmichael. Given the wild areas around the Zoo it’s not uncommon to have rattlesnakes seeking s

Cat & Bear

black-cat
Some years ago a black cat moved in with bears Sequoia and Tahoe. The cat pretty much ignored female Tahoe, but apparently the female cat, now called Little Bear by a Zookeeper, is working to becoming male bear Sequoia’s new best friend. Often when Sequoia takes a hike through the “bear forest

Rain!

Rain
After several years of drought, and thoughtfully hand-watering Zoo plants and maintaining animal water ponds at low levels, El Nino has greened-up California and piled up snow that will hopefully fill up dams and aquifers. The animals seem stoic and apparently have planned ahead to grow thick warm c