Dickerson Park Zoo

Dickerson Park Zoo

Dickerson Park Zoo will soon have hippos again—but only temporarily.  Two female hippos from the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo will stay at the Springfield zoo starting in early October while a new exhibit is built for them in Colorado Springs.

Zambezi and Kasai are sisters.  They’ll stay in the exhibit that was home for years to Henry who, this summer, moved to the Cincinnati Zoo.

Dickerson Park Zoo

There’s a new baby at Dickerson Park Zoo.  An Eastern bongo calf was born Saturday morning. The calf weighs 34 pounds, and zoo officials say both mother and baby are doing great.

The calf, named Gwen, is the first for her mother. With the birth of Gwen, the herd at the zoo has grown to five, and all are named after characters from Spider Man: Peter Parker (the father), Mae (the mother), Mary Jane, Harry and baby Gwen.

Eastern bongos are large, forest-dwelling antelope found in isolated areas of Africa.

Go Grey for World Elephant Day

Aug 8, 2016
Dickerson Park Zoo

Those who wear grey to Dickerson Park Zoo on Friday, August 12 will receive $2 off general admission. The zoo is encouraging visitors go grey in appreciation of World Elephant Day, an international initiative created to draw attention to the critical threats elephants face.

“Dickerson Park Zoo is known for elephant research,” said Joey Powell, Public Relations Director for the zoo. “So, we’re just bringing attention to World Elephant Day and the ivory trade, which endangers them.”

Cincinnati Zoo

It’s been about three weeks since Henry the Hippo left Springfield’s Dickerson Park Zoo for his new home in Ohio.  He’s now happily settling into Hippo Cove, a new exhibit at the Cincinnati Zoo that will open on July 21.

Christina Gorsuch, curator of mammals at the Cincinnati Zoo, said, when he arrived Henry didn’t seem to mind at all that he was in a new place.

Michele Skalicky / KSMU

Henry the Hippo will say farewell tonight (6/22) to the place he’s called home for 34 years.  Dickerson Park Zoo will send him off to the Cincinnati Zoo this evening.  How do you transport an animal that large?  KSMU’s Michele Skalicky found out.