Peanut Valley festival may feature petting zoo

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PNT Staff Fifty craft booths. Eight food vendors. Maybe even a petting zoo and kiddy train. The 37th annual Peanut Valley Festival is featuring all those things, plus a few information tables and fundraisers, during its two-day run this weekend at Eastern New Mexico University, said Britnie Burds, Campus Life graduate assistant working with the [...]

Tuesday morning briefing: Zoo video and pro player from Muleshoe talks baseball

Clovis zoo hoping to land mate for giraffe

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Freedom New Mexico City zoo officials hope a tall order can be finished in the next few weeks. Staff at the Hillcrest Zoo have found a male giraffe after a year-long search, allowing for breeding with Jael, a female giraffe at Hillcrest in her gestation period. The Clovis City Commission would need to approve a [...]

Wednesday morning briefing: Portales parks, the zoo and Gone with the Wind

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Wednesday briefing. Did you know? Portales’ eight city parks span over 270 acres combined. To see more about Portales recreation activities: http://www.portalesnm.org Question of the day 3-D movies: An upgrade in quality, or an excuse to charge extra money to filmgoers? Please join the discussion in the [...]

Thursday morning briefing: Woman’s day out and eggs at the zoo

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Thursday briefing. Video of the day In the mood for a good book? Check our video…Librarian recommends. Question of the day Betty White is one of the most obscure Saturday Night Live hosts yet. With her hosting a gig set for May, who would you like to [...]

Ticket feature: ‘Christmas Nights’ opening at Clovis zoo

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Freedom New Mexico The upcoming week features plenty of animal magnetism, as the Hillcrest Park Zoo gets set for its annual Christmas Nites at the Zoo celebration. The event is in its third year, with the zoo open extended hours of 5-8 p.m., in addition to its normal winter hours of 9 a.m. to 3:30 [...]

Three charged in zoo incident

Freedom New Mexico Police charged a man and two juveniles with misdemeanor animal cruelty Friday for feeding hot peppers to primates at the Hillcrest Park Zoo, according to Clovis Police Capt. Patrick Whitney. The charges stem from a March 30 incident where two families were detained by zoo officials after it was discovered spider monkeys [...]

Zoo officials ensure tiger attack couldn’t happen

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By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico 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 Blondie, a 450-pound Siberian tiger rescued from an Oklahoma exotic animal operation two years ago. The tiger involved in the [...]

Hyena pair receives names

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Their native land is now their name. Meet Sere ‘N’ Geti (pronounced “Sarah ‘N’ Geti”), hyenas who recently moved into the Hillcrest Park Zoo. Last month, the Clovis News Journal and city zoo co-sponsored a community-wide contest to name the pair. Local veterinarian Dr. Leslie Morrow submitted the winning [...]

No laughing matter: Zoo lands hyenas

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By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Timid and still adjusting to their new home, a pair of spotted hyenas at Hillcrest Park Zoo are an unusual addition to the park’s menagerie, according to zookeeper Mark Yanotti. Yanotti said hyenas are relatively sparse in zoos and Hillcrest is excited to display the pair. In 2005 there [...]