Baby giraffe named Jerrica

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Tonjia Rolan A frequent visitor to Hillcrest Park Zoo with her two children, Rebecca Holt jumped at the chance to enter the city’s contest to name a baby giraffe born in late January. Her winning entry of Jerrica was announced Wednesday by zoo director Vince Romero. Holt said the name came to her while she […]

Official: Baby giraffe doing well

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Tonjia Rolan Hillcrest Park Zoo’s 3-week-old baby giraffe has grown about 2 inches and is doing fine, according to assistant zoo director Mark Yannotti. Yannotti said Tuesday zoo staff are working around the clock to keep up with the young giraffe’s demanding feeding schedule. The unnamed baby was born Jan. 25 and is the zoo’s […]

City announces giraffe naming contest

Freedom New Mexico The city of Clovis announced Friday a contest to name the giraffe born Jan. 25 in the Hillcrest Park Zoo. The Parks and Recreation Department is accepting suggestions via mail to 500 Sycamore, Clovis, NM 88101. Entries should include contact information for the submitter, including a name, address and phone number or […]

Clovis zoo has baby giraffe

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Kevin Wilson The Clovis zoo’s newest arrival was somewhat of a surprise to zoo staff. Jael the Giraffe gave birth at around 9 p.m. Wednesday night to a 6-foot female baby. Her father is Jay, who died Feb. 3 at the zoo, 2011, as a result of a fall on an icy sidewalk. “It’s a […]

Clovis prepares for Christmas at zoo

Donna Wilson is taking her granddaughter to the Hillcrest Park Zoo’s Christmas Nites at the Zoo event for the third time this year. She said the zoo inhabitants are more active after the sun goes down. “I love taking my granddaughter to the zoo after dark so she can see what animals are like after […]

ENMU student seeking new hyena enclosure for zoo

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Stephanie Nutter is on a mission to bring a pair of hyenas back to earth. In between working on her archeology thesis and running a non-profit organization, the energetic Eastern New Mexico University graduate student has also taken on a project to create a new enclosure for two hyenas at the Hillcrest Park Zoo. The […]

Clovis zoo should be private effort

I like Clovis’ zoo and the people who work there, while still fully understanding that zoos should be private entities and not government-run. Most of the negative comments I have read concerning the death of Jay, the male giraffe, were related to the perception that money had been wasted by the city on a giraffe. […]

Zoo officials: Giraffe died after fall

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Sharna Johnson Clovis zoo keepers believe Jay the giraffe slipped on ice and fell, suffering a head injury. That injury followed by exposure to cold prompted a decision to euthanize him. The giraffe was found Saturday on the ground of his pen around 7:30 a.m. with a wound to his head that was, “bleeding profusely,” […]

Newest Clovis zoo giraffe dies

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Jay, a giraffe who had resided at the Hillcrest Park Zoo for approximately four months, died Saturday. City Manager Joe Thomas said zoo staff found Jay down in his pen Saturday morning. Staff immediately called local veterinarians, who worked from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thomas said. “After consulting with the veterinary school at Oklahoma […]

Their view: PETA: Community should rethink petting zoo

Jennifer O’Connor of Norfolk, Va., who describes herself as a writer for Animals in Entertainment and the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, is concerned about the petting zoo planned for this weekend’s Peanut Festival in Portales. Here’s what she had to say in an e-mail: