Happy Holidays from the Zookeepers

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Enrichment is an important aspect of caring for animals in captivity. This keeps animals happy and healthy by encouraging natural behaviors and providing mental and physical stimulation. Enrichment can be provided in a variety of ways including: the design of the habitat, novel smells (this past year we discovered that our rhinos are very into […]

Where do our animals go in the winter?

Hyena in Winter

The temperature is getting cooler and we’re approaching the close of the zoo season. The questions we get most frequently this time of year is “Where do your animals go in the winter?” The answer? No, they don’t get sent down south, they stay right here in Mendon, MA. All of our animals stay on […]

Happy Birthday L.J. and Levanna!


On October 17 our lions, Leroy Jr (L.J. for short)  and Levanna turned 2 years old! We celebrated their birthday on Saturday October 18 by giving them carved pumpkins filled with meat. Check out the photos below to see them play with their birthday treats! If you couldn’t make it to the zoo on Saturday […]

Intern Diary #3


Intern Diary #3 Deanna R.   When people think of internships at Southwick’s Zoo, their minds may automatically go to animal care positions. However, there is a lot more to running a zoo than just the animals. I am fortunate enough to have a marketing internship here at Southwick’s Zoo and I can say that […]