Southwick's Zoo is open for the season!

Prepare to be amazed viewing giraffes, lions, tigers, white rhino’s, and chimpanzees in our beautiful 200 acres of naturalistic habitats. Southwick’s Zoo is home to 850 exotic animals from around the world and our interactive exhibits are fun for all ages. Stroll leisurely through our 35 acre deer forest, where the deer roam free or ride the Woodlands Express train ride through the North American Elk habitat and wetlands. View the African Plains and other animal exhibits from new heights on our Skyfari Skyride.

Learn about your favorite wild animals, such as a kangaroo, armadillo or chameleon at the EARTH Discovery Center. Get up close and personal with farm animals, featuring chickens, goats and alpacas at our Petting Zoo. Parakeet Landing will offer you the chance to see and hear exotic birds. Don’t miss out on animal presentations, our kid’s play park, pony and camel rides, kiddie rides and so much more!

Southwick’s Zoo is Naturally Entertaining.

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May 25th, 2015 by Rebecca Mansfield Comments(0)
Southwick's Zoo has one of the largest primate collections in New England. Primates include prosimians or lower order primates, monkeys, apes, and humans. Primates are primarily sorted into two main groupings: prosimians and simians. Prosimians have characteristics most like the earliest primates and include lemurs, aye-aye, and tarsiers. Simians include monkeys and apes. Monkeys are divided into two groups: New World Monkeys which include Capuchins, Howler, and Squirrel Monkeys and Old World Monkeys such as Colobus Monkeys, Guenons, Baboons and Macquaques. Some primates (including humans and baboons) do not live primarily in trees, but Many species possess adaptations for climbing trees. Locomotion techniques used include leaping from tree to tree, walking on two or four limbs, knuckle-walking, and swinging hand over hand between branches of trees (known as brachiation). Many primates have opposable thumbs (a thumb which can be turned so that the fingertip can make contact with the fingertip of each of the other digits on the same hand) and some New World Monkeys have prehensile tails (meaning adapted for grasping or holding). Primates come in many shapes and sizes, and generally have slower rates of development than other mammals. All non-human primate infants are breastfed by their mothers and rely on them for grooming and transportation. In some species, infants are protected and transported by males in the group, particularly males who may be their fathers. Other relatives of the infant, such as siblings and aunts, may participate in its care as well. Most primates are considered to be truly social animals and prefer to live in small to large groups or troops. Early on they learn social and many other behavioral skills needed for protection, often through playing and watching their parents. A primate's lifespan can range from 8 years (Dwarf Lemur) or 11 years (Pygmy Marmoset) - 60 years (Chimpanzee)! Many of the primates at Southwick's Zoo are considered endangered due to deforestation, human population expansion, poaching and encroachment. Many primates are arboreal or tree dwellers and inhabit forest habitats or sub tropical and tropical rainforests. Destruction of these habitats are of great concern to conservationists as each year more primates become endangered and on the brink of extinction. Southwick's Zoo is home to many endangered primates; including the White Handed Gibbon, Black Spider Monkey, Mandrill, Black & White Ruffed Lemurs, and Colobus Monkey, just to name a few. Here at Southwick's Zoo we are home to primates from many species including Lemurs, Capuchins, Squirrel Monkeys, Schmidt's Guenon, Debrazza's Guenon, Bush Baby, Mangabey Monkey, Patas Monkeys, Vervet Monkeys and Chimpanzees!

There’s lots to look forward in June here at the zoo! EARTH members can look forward to a Member Appreciation After Hours event on Friday. June 5. On this day the zoo will be open from 6pm-8pm just for members of EARTH. *Rides, gift shops, and food venues will not be open. Visitors are welcome […]

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