At Wild Wonders we love working with and training our animals! Every day, after the hard work is done, we spend time playing with the whole zoo! For example, one of our long-term volunteers Becky loves to train our serval, Siri. In this video, Becky convinces Siri to play and exercise! If you have a pet cat at home, you know how hard it can be to get your cat to exercise, especially in the summer! But Becky has a great relationship with Siri, and convinced her to move around and play…at least a little!
If you want to meet Siri or any of our animal at Wild Wonders, feel free to contact us! You can come to us for tours or camps, or we’ll come to your school, library, event, or even birthday party! Or if you want your wild experience to be a little longer, check out our volunteer and intern programs!
This afternoon, a group of us went into the large excercise yard with our beautiful 2-year-old African serval, Siri.
Siri can be quite playfiul, so we brought along some of her favorite toys to not only encourage her exhuberance, but for some valuable excerise time.
Because she is still young, we are hoping that through regular interactions, Siri will enjoy the time she spends with us. She’s certainly one of our most popular animals and has quickly become a favorite among the staff, interns, and volunteers.
Please enjoy the pictures and the video below! Just click the link to watch.
Today, we took Baloo our male binturong out for a little stroll to enjoy the beautiful weather. In doing so, we not only accomplish Baloo getting more comfortable with us, but in addition, familiar walking on a leash as many of our animals do when meeting groups or in shows.
Baloo did an outstanding job! Our goal is to remain consistent in our daily training and socialization with the animals and make going to shows and events a real treat for them.
Kim H., a staff member here at Zoofari, has been hard at work training Acacia, the bat-eared fox, so that she can act as an animal ambassador at one of our on-site or off-site presentations. Today Kim brought Acacia up to the prep room to practice focusing on her trainer while in front of an audience. After quickly checking out her surroundings when she first got out of her crate she did a great job “marking up” on the stool without being distracted by all the people standing around.
Here’s Acacia taking a little tour of the prep room:
Kim getting Acacia’s attention:
Great job staying focused Acacia!
Coming up on August 10th,11th, 17th and 18th we are having our
This is a chance for any animal lover age 8-13 to see what it would be like to be an actual zoo keeper. The program is from 9am-1pm. During this time the junior keepers will learn how to prepare diets, make behavioral enrichment, and feed and clean some of our animals.
This is a great opportunity to see if zoo keeping is something you would like to do as a career or just a chance to learn more about animals. Once the feeding and cleaning is finished, you will get to see all the 120+ animals we have at our facility and touch some of our animal ambassadors.
To learn more check out the website or call Wild Wonders at 760-630-9230.
If you want to participate in this exciting program but are unavailable during those days, make sure to keep checking the website for upcoming days or give us a call.