Discussion in 'United States' started by Arizona Docent, 14 Sep 2015.
Three puma cubs arrived recently.
WATCH: Cougar cubs arrive in New Braunfels
I was surprised to find Animal World and Snake Farm Zoo had no news thread, especially when they are working to get AZA accreditation and have been pulling jaguars and white lions out of thin air.
As of my last visit, several of the terrariums have cycled species, most notably the anaconda is gone and a juvenile alligator has replaced it. As for crocodilians, there is only a Nile crocodile, juvenile Siamese crocodile, several alligators, and two dwarf caimans on exhibit.
The most notable changes have occurred outside, where the cages previously holding lemurs, prairie dogs, and groundhogs have been replaced by two large open air exhibits that have prairie dogs and a 6 banded armadillo. The animal nursery exhibit now has the two mountain lion cubs, instead of the servals that used to live in it. The other lemur cages and tayra cage are gone and have been replaced by construction for one larger lemur exhibit that will house black and white ruffed lemurs.
The only other notable change is there has been a patio/deck added that overhangs into the hoof stock exhibit where people can buy a package with gravel/dirt and shift through it to find small fossils and or gems.
There has been some impressive breeding success lately!:
AWSFZ Hatches World's Most Venomous Land Snake - Animal World and Snake Farm
Black-Headed Bushmasters Hatched at AWSFZ - Animal World and Snake Farm
Zoo Borns! - Animal World and Snake Farm
Interesting births. Thanks for sharing!
Possible AZA accreditation? Goodness,things must have changed a lot from when i was there in 2011...my notes state "roadside zoo with third world conditions".Still,it was 6 years ago- a lot can happen in that time.The reptile collection was decent however,obviously still is.
"Decent" is an understatement, with over 100 taxa and morphs of snakes on exhibit alone, with more (such as the black-headed bushmaster) off exhibit. Although the accommodations are rather disappointing, there are plans for that to change. Third world is also a harsh judgement- many animals have adequate, if a bit small exhibits. Certainly no corn crib exhibits which plague other roadside zoos. Renovations on many outdoors areas have occurred in recent years and I look forward to seeing what this zoo will become.
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