Niabi Zoo prepares for 2023 period with modifications

Moreover some new animals, there are some other features the zoo is adding this year.

COAL VALLEY, Ill. — Niabi Zoo is set to open for the time starting Monday, April 17 but with some variations from very last year.

News 8’s Collin Riviello got the probability to communicate with the zoo staff about what friends really should know ahead of opening day.

For starters, there are some new faces in the zoo like a newborn African Cape porcupine that was born in January. 

“So this is actually the very first of the porcupine births listed here at Niabi Zoo,” Key Biodiversity Zookeeper Leanne Parker reported. “So it was pretty thrilling for us.”

Other animals currently being extra are purple river hogs, which will be the initial time the zoo has at any time carried a pig species, bald eagles, prairie canines and African-painted puppies.

“Red river hogs are a terrific species to just variety of showcase yet another form of animal and ecosystem that you would see in Africa,” Swing Zookeeper Nathan Beilke mentioned.

“It’s likely to be a enjoyable season,” Zoo Director Lee Jackson mentioned. “They will not be open up when you arrive in tomorrow, but search for painted pet dogs to be open up the close of June. And prairie canines, which I could add will be one particular of the best prairie doggy displays in North The united states when it really is carried out, will be opened in early August.”

Jackson mentioned design for the Prairie Puppy Exhibit shouldn’t affect company but he asks guests to be sure to be aware of signals explaining which places are off-limitations. In addition, its huge cat and bald eagle reveals will also be reworked at a later day.

But not everything which is commonly open up will be open at the begin of the period. The giraffe habitat that holds Kenya the Giraffe and other primates will be off boundaries because of to COVID-19 precautions. 

“COVID has afflicted animals in zoos as perfectly as folks,” Jackson extra. “We have a variety of susceptible species in this article. You could not know this, but notably big cats and primates are affected by COVID.”

Jackson reported the pandemic also impacted food stuff sales very last year, so a limited concession stand menu was available in 2022. But he explained this yr, points are unique, and a lot more food stuff choices will be obtainable.

“We missing our earlier concessionaire [due to COVID-19],” Jackson stated. “We could not find any individual for some time, and we had to do that ourselves. We are not set up to do that ourselves. And we are not [experienced with making high-class food]. We did a respectable job, my personnel actually stepped up and anyone pitched in. But we are seriously energized to have this new team of specialists come in and do some truly initially-course meals services for us.”

A further new amenity for visitors is its “Scooter Friends,” which are e-scooters offered for company to experience to include ground a lot quicker.

The zoo has about 600 specific animals with all around 150 remaining one of a kind species, in accordance to Jackson. The zoo opens day-to-day among 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. You can click on/tap right here for far more facts about Niabi Zoo. out?v=3Qnp_wxjBfY