Monday, March 20, 2017

Save The Date! Annual Spring Raking Cleanup Weekend

Welcome to the Spring Equinox
Happy First Day of Spring!

What better way to celebrate the official arrival of spring than with the announcement of our annual spring raking cleanup weekend? Save the date! Raking cleanup is set for the weekend of April 8th and 9th. Time: 9:00am-5:00pm both days.

Bring your rake and garden gloves - lunch will be provided for all volunteers by Wildwood.

Attention Students looking for community service hours ... our spring raking cleanup weekend is the perfect opportunity for you to accumulate your community service time.

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Sponsored by Friends of the Zoo

Friday, March 3, 2017

Coming Spring 2017! Safari Tram Ride

Goeie dag! This is the traditional greeting in Afrikaans, the language spoken by over six million people in Africa. Why Afrikaans? To make the announcement that coming spring 2017, Wildwood Wildlife Park will open its long awaited Safari Tram Ride to our guests.

There is nothing like this in the state of Wisconsin!

After making their way through the park to the Giraffe Serengeti Habitat area, our visitors will board a tram and enjoy a guided drive through 168 acres of sprawling woods, open savanna’s, ponds and watering holes of the preserve. The stars of the new exhibit are the exotic and endangered species from various countries including Africa, Asia, Australia, North and South America all of which thrive in an open habitat.   

The Safari Tram Ride is but one part of the Wildwood Wildlife Park 10-year master plan, laying out a direction for animal care and visitor experiences. The Safari Tram Ride and the zoo's other renovations and expansions offer our guests the opportunity to get close to animals that are on the endangered and "threatened" lists. Our zoo is a place for our guests to spend time with their families, making memories and watching their children laugh, learn, and play. We are proud that Wildwood Wildlife Park offers a recreational and educational experience for people of all ages.

The photos on this page are just a few of the animals that can be viewed from the comfort of the Safari Tram Ride.

Click on this link to view the Safari Tram Ride page on our website. Until the park opens watch for further updates on our Facebook and blog pages.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

2016 Annual Spring Raking Clean-Up Weekend

Calling All Volunteers!!!

It's only 38 more days until we anticipate opening for the 2016 season. But if you absolutely positively CANNOT WAIT until April 30th ... here's your chance to visit the zoo in advance of our opening. It's our annual Spring Raking Clean-Up at Wildwood Zoo! Sponsored by the "Friends of the Zoo", this is a great volunteer project that students can use as an opportunity to receive service hours. Dates are April 16th and 17th from 9am to 5pm. Bring your rake and garden gloves! Click on the image to enlarge, print and share with others!

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

And The Winners Are ... Announcing the 9th Annual Zoo Boo Costume Awards

With our 9th annual Zoo Boo one for the books we want to say thank you to the participating area businesses who helped make Zoo Boo a success. For a complete list of the business please visit the Zoo Boo page on our web site. 

And now (drum roll please!) Here are photographs of the businesses who received special recognition at Zoo Boo.

Congratulations from Wildwood Wildlife Park and Friends of the Zoo.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Celebrating Teeke the Giraffe's Third Birthday

Who doesn't love a birthday celebration? Friends and family singing Happy Birthday followed by cake? For Teeke, our male giraffe, Sunday was no different except that this birthday cake was edible and very giraffe friendly!

Visitors to the park wished Teeke a happy birthday and imagined him blowing out three birthday candles (which happened to be his favorite: carrot sticks)!

Monday, July 27, 2015

Zookeeper Appreciation Week: Jolie Femme Sasha et FĂ©roce Lloyd

Our final salute to the hard working compassionate zookeepers at Wildwood Wildlife Park is Sasha Busjahn who has chosen the Greater Grison to highlight and imitate. Lloyd's favorite spot to sleep is inside a log; when Lloyd was off exploring Sasha crawled right in to see how comfortable it really is but we don't think she will be stealing his sleeping spot any time soon! 

Greater grison's are mustelidae, a family of carnivorous mammals that include the badger, mink, otter and wolverine.

Greater grison's have a long body which resembles the honey badger. Greater grison's don't ever have to worry about being confused for a honey badger since the two of them will never meet each other: the honey badger lives in Africa, while the greater grison lives in Central and South America. The "grison" part of the name is an English variation of the word "gris" which is French for the color gray. Like its relative the honey badger, the greater grison is very temperamental. It is unknown if any creature outside of humans hunt them.

Greater grison's are gray in color with a black muzzle, throat, chest and underside. They have a white "U" shaped marking that runs around the top of their head tapering off near their shoulder. Greater grison's sleep during the day, hunting during the night, dawn and dusk.

Greater grison's are found in a wide range including savannas, grasslands, rainforests and evergreen forests. They prefer to live near water choosing to make their home in rocks, under tree roots or in vacated burrows. Greater grison's eat whatever is available: small mammals, birds and their eggs, lizards, amphibians, and fruits. In some areas, grisons are trapped for body parts and for the pet trade.

Grisons are agile runners, swimmers and climbers communicating by a variety of snorts, screams, barks and growls. Breeding occurs in Late August, early September and the female grison will give birth to 2-4 young. 

Friday, July 24, 2015

Zookeeper Appreciation Week: Hanging with the Sloths and the Black & White Ruffed Lemur

We are pleased to introduce Wildwood Wildlife Park's newest zookeeper Marisa Levin. She may be new to the park but it didn't take her long to select her favorite animal for National Zookeeper Week: the sloths. Sloths spend a lot of their time sleeping so it is only natural that Marisa would demonstrate how relaxing and comfortable a sloth's favorite sleeping spot is! 

Sloths are tropical mammals that live in Central and South America. A sloths long arms allow them to spend most of their time hanging upside-down from trees. They use their huge hooked claws to hang onto branches while munching on leaves that other animals can't reach. As you can imagine, a sloth's long claws make walking on the ground difficult, which dictates that they spend their lives in the tree tops of the tropical rain forests. It may surprise you to learn that sloths are excellent swimmers! From time to time they will drop down into the water from their treetop perches. 

It can take up to one month for a sloth to digest one meal. The sloth's diets consist of tough leaves that are difficult to digest. Their leafy diet isn't very nutritious and do not get much energy from it. This may be why sloths are so slow!

Sloths both mate and give birth to their young in trees. Courting starts when a female yells a mating scream letting the males in the area know that she's ready to mate. Males will fight for her by hanging from branches by their feet and pawing at each other. After 5-6 months females will give birth to a single baby. Babies cling to their mother's belly for several weeks after birth, and will remain by their mother's side for up to four years. These drowsy tree-dwellers can sleep up to 20-hours a day and when they are awake they barely move at all!

While four of the sloth species range over large portions of norther South America and are common in protected areas, two species of the three-toed sloths, the maned three-toed sloth and the pygmy three-toed sloth are listed as endangered species on the IUCN Red List.

Wildwood Wildlife Park's zookeeper Brooke Rose is showing off her balancing skills as she recreates the amazing climbing ability of Wildwood's male Black and White Ruffed Lemur, Bobby. Brooke has been here at Wildwood for 6 years! 

Populations of wild ruffed lemurs are critically endangered in Madagascar, which is the only place lemurs are found in. This species is endangered primarily due to the loss of habitat as the forests are cleared for logging and farming. The name “lemur” means “ghost “ in Latin. The first people to hear their loud calls thought they were ghosts in the forest. Lemurs have a wide range of vocalizations.

Black and white ruffed lemurs live in social groups made up of many males and many females, who are in charge. They live primarily in trees are are excellent climbers and jumpers. 

Ruffed lemurs are frugivores, eating mainly fruit, but also eat edible plants and flowers. The black and white ruffed lemur is one of only two types of lemurs to build nests for their young. Females typically have 2 babies, though they can have as many as six. Unlike other lemurs, the babies stay in the nest while the mother looks for food and if the mother needs to move them, she carries them in her mouth. Other lemur species continually carry their young on their backs.