Dickerson Park Zoo

Joey Powell

Dickerson Park Zoo will host Art Gone Wild tomorrow (8/12), an annual event with the Springfield Regional Arts Council.  It’s also Global Elephant day, a time set aside to learn more about the dangers elephants face and what’s being done to help them.   There will be special elephant-themed art activities for kids from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. At 11 a.m., guests are invited to a Trunk Talk, where a zookeeper will share more about elephants.  An elephant watermelon stomp starts at 2.  Art Gone Wild is free with paid zoo admission.

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Dickerson Park Zoo welcomed a new baby giraffe Monday.  The female calf is approximately 6 and a half feet tall and weighs around 150 pounds.  Zoo veterinarian, Dr. Rodney Schnellbacher says the calf is nursing well and has already had her first physical.  He says both the baby and mom are doing well. 

The yet-to-be-named giraffe joins mom, Emma, and three other females and one male giraffe at Dickerson Park Zoo.  The baby is on exhibit.

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Zookeepers sprayed three cans of silly spray Tuesday at Dickerson Park Zoo to reveal the gender of their new cheetah cubs.  One can sprayed pink, and the others blue.  The cheetahs have been named Wally, Glenn and Maggie.

Zoo staff veterinarian, Rodney Schnellbacher said it will be two to three weeks before they’ll be on public view.

"We just want to be sure that the mom feels comfortable and the babies feel comfortable so we don't have her abandon them," he said.

The three cubs, born May 2, are the first born at the zoo since 2003.

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A zookeeper at Dickerson Park Zoo just returned from Cincinnati where he got to meet Henry’s daughter, Fiona.

Henry, a Nile hippopotamus, was moved to the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden last June to breed with Bibi, a female hippo relocated from the St. Louis Zoo.  According to Dickerson Park Zoo, Henry was a longtime resident of Dickerson Park Zoo, and Tracy Campbell was one of his primary caretakers for 14 years.

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Three new cheetah cubs made their appearance at Dickerson Park Zoo earlier this month.  The triplets, born May 2, are the first cheetah cubs born at the zoo since 2003.

A cheetah birth is “a big deal” in the zoo community because they are difficult to breed, according to senior zookeeper Ken Harmon.

Zookeeper Sheila Samek said they’d been trying to breed the female, Roni, for two years.  The cubs’ father is Tendagi.