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Congratulations to Jesse Pottebaum

May 15, 2019- Congratulations to Jesse Pottebaum, our Deputy Director of Animal Care, for being named the new Director of the Abilene Zoological Gardens. In addition to giving Jesse the opportunity to lead all aspects of an accredited zoo, his new position provides the significant increase in compensation and benefits that a taxpayer-supported zoo can…

Bear Cubs Korben, Tilly and Ruby’s 2nd Birthday Party!

Date: Saturday, January 16, 2016: 1pm You’re invited to join us to celebrate Korben, Tilly and Ruby’s 2nd birthday/ Bear-themed refreshments will be served as long as they last. The bears will be demonstrating what they have learned in their training classes and then will dine on a special birthday lunch. Free with regular Zoo…

Come Meet the Cougar Cubs!

Roxy, Willow & Oliver will be ready to greet visitors on December 26th! The cubs will be in their habitat at the times listed below! Cougar Cub Schedule: Dec. 26, 28, 30 and Jan. 1 & 3: 12:30-1:30pm Dec. 27, 29, 31 and Jan. 2: 3:00-4:00pm Weather Permitting!

New Habitat For The African Crested Porcupines!

African Crested Porcupines Quill, Grace, Agave and Aziza have moved into their new habitat! They love their larger yard and especially their new night house with its front and back doors and windows. Come for a visit this week!

New at the Zoo: Three Orphaned Cougar Cubs!

Here are the Cougar cubs (two females and one male) on the night they arrived at our Zoo earlier this month. Their mother was shot by a hunter in Washington who discovered the cubs and turned them over to wildlife officials who then transferred them to the care of Oregon Zoo. They are just about…

New at the Zoo: Cougar Beaux!

Cougar Beaux came to us in March after being separated from his mother when he was caught in a beaver trap. Beaux is just a little over a year old now. He loves climbing the trees in his habitat and hanging out on his climbing platforms. Be sure to look for Beaux in his habitat…

New at the Zoo: Yellow Mud Turtle Sunny!

Drop by our Discovery Center’s Small Reptile Room and meet Sunny. These little turtles grow to only 4 – 5 inches in diameter, but can live up to 50 years!

New at the Zoo: Alligator Snapping Turtle Wesley Snaps!

This species is the largest freshwater turtle in North America and one of the largest turtles in the world. They can grow to just over 2′ across and weigh upwards of 200 pounds when full grown! Come see Wesley Snaps in his pool by our Gift Shop.