February 10 - February 11
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Feel the love as Zoo animals enjoy special Valentine-themed treats and enrichments!
Daily Schedule Feb. 10-11
11am South Pacific Aquarium - Watch our sharks feed (Sat.) or our lagoon fish (Sun.)
11:30am Arctic Tundra - Chat with our keepers while Boris and Blizzard get red toys and heart-shaped ice treats (both days)
12pm Wild Wonders Outdoor Theater - Close Encounter with a surprise animal (both days)
12:30pm Asian Forest Sanctuary - Chat with a keeper while our tigers get heart-shaped treats in the waterfall exhibit area (both days)
12:30pm Rocky Shores - Talk to our keepers about our walruses (both days)
1 pm Asian Forest Sanctuary - Chat with a keeper as our elephants get carved watermelon (Sat.) or heart-shaped frozen valentines (Sun.)
1:30 pm outside lower North Pacific Aquarium - Fall in love with Siesta the sloth! (both days)
2 pm North Pacific Aquarium - Watch our octopus get enrichments (Sat. only)
2 pm Red Wolves - Chat with keepers and watch our wolves get wolf-sized valentines and a heart-shaped box of enrichments (Sat.) or a valentine mailbox full of enrichments (Sun.)
11:30am - 1:30pm Asian Forest Sanctuary - catch our keepers giving heart-shaped treats to primates, tapirs and porcupines in the Asian Forest Sanctuary (times vary each day)
Love Around the Zoo…
It isn’t just visitors and keepers loving our animals this month. There’s also plenty of love going around the zoo…
Listen out as you pass the budgie house – can you hear all those squawks? Our budgies may have gone inside for the winter but they’ve kept busy, hatching 17 chicks in their warm housing behind the scenes. Chicks start out bald, then gradually grow a downy gray fluff. They’ll have all their blue, green or yellow feathers by the time Budgie Buddies opens May 12-13.
Down at the Asia Forest Sanctuary, our tapirs have been falling in love! Both three years old, Yuna (female) and Baku (male) know each other by smell and sound, but usually spend their days separately, as they would in the wild.
But when Yuna cycles into estrus (female breeding time) every month, our keepers open up their behind-the-scenes spaces so they can see each other too, which will make their eventual meeting more relaxed.
“They can get really excited,” says staff biologist Christy Webster. “They prance and run around.”
And they also make a lot of fascinating noises: a sneezing kind of hiccup and high-pitched squeals. Keep your ears open as you walk by!
As for babies, the Asia team is still in the planning stage. But Yuna and Baku – both Malayan tapirs, an endangered species – are able to breed, and Webster would love some tapir calves.
“That’s our dream,” she says with a smile.
Finally, over at Rocky Shores our visiting stud walrus Dozer has been getting along just fine with resident ladies Joan, Basilla and Kulusiq. He’s also doing plenty of whistling and bubble blowing, says senior staff biologist Lisa Triggs – often right at the underwater window for visitors. Come visit him!
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