Rescue Stories

Julie, Coyote: She was transferred in from a rescue center after being rescued from the parking lot of an apartment complex. She was so friendly and accustomed to people we assume she had been kept as a pet. Julie also suffered from internal and external parasites including sarcoptic mange upon being rescued. Julie enjoys stuffed pinatas, strong scents and ripping boxes. 

Coyotes are extremely adaptive and live in a wide variety of habitats and can come in colors from yellow, reddish and even black can occur.

Windfall, American Black Bear is a rescue from Oregon. Windfall was taken from the wild and raised as a pet in less than ideal conditions. When she arrived at the zoo she was addicted to soda, pizza and donuts. Windfall had to be weaned off of the sweets and soda because she refused to eat a species specific diet or even drink water at first. Windfall was also riddled with internal parasites. Now Windfall is happy and healthy. Missy, American Black Bear, was rescued locally in California by the Department of Fish and Wildlife after repeatedly breaking into people’s trash cans in search of food. She was allegedly only 15 lbs at around 6 months old when she was rescued. Because of her emaciated state and inability to forage and feed herself properly, Missy was deemed non-releasable and spent time under the care of a wildlife veterinarian to help get her back into proper health. Missy loves to swim in her pool and rip up pinatas. 
Kokomo, White Fronted Capuchin Monkey, is the only white fronted capuchin left at the zoo from the former group that resides here. Kokomo was the last monkey born at the zoo before the zoo transitioned to a primarily rescued animal facility. Kokomo is a very curious monkey that loves strong scents like garlic, onion and peppers. He also loves puzzle feeders, new toys and treats. 

This species was named after the hooded garment worn by the religious order of Capuchin Friars.

Bugsy, Allie, Sparky, Alpacas. We have three alpacas at the zoo, Bugsy a male, Allie a female and Sparky a male. Allie and Sparky are Bugsy’s parents. Allie is shy and quiet. Sparky can be loud and curious and Bugsy is intelligent and bouncy. Alpacas are members of the camel family. They come in 22 different colors and have no top teeth.Laverne the Red Tailed Hawk came to the zoo from a rescue center after suffering injuries in the wild that left her with significantly decreased vision. As these animals greatly rely on sight to hunt prey she was unable to go back to the wild. Although she has problems with her vision it does not stop her from occasionally catching mice of birds that enter her exhibit!
Mocha, Macchiato, Frappuchino, Racoons: Three raccoons reside at the zoo in 2020. Mocha, a female and Macchiato and Frappuchino both males. Mocha was rescued out of state along with her siblings, who have passed away recently of old age. The siblings were rescued by a good samaritan who thought they were doing what was best for the animals by taking the litter in, but because of excessive handling, the babies were now non-releasable, due to being too comfortable around people
Nala and Boomer, Bobcats: Nala came in from a rescue center after she became imprinted on humans. Nala enjoys grooming Boomer , scent enrichment and smearing things on her face. Boomer was found outside of the zoo as a baby inside of a trash bag by the dumpster. We assume he had been kept as a pet and then discarded when he was no longer entertaining for his captor.
Jessice, Honey, Deera, Rudy, Lily, Clair and Nicole, Mule Deer. All the deer came in after being kept as pets or directly from rescue centers. Rudy, the male for example was kept as a pet living with sheep when he was young. He was very emaciated and had internal and external parasites, along with patchy fur and a dull coat.
Trixie the Red Fox. Trixie is a transfer from a rescue center. Trixie is quite shy and mostly comes out at night and to eat when keepers feed her. Trixie loves hard boiled eggs and new scents.
Turkey Vulture: Ike came in after being deemed unreleasable  at a rescue center. Ike was found by a concerned citizen in the wild while being unable to fly. After tests and check ups, vets could not figure out why Ike could not fly, there seemed to be no medical reason for him not to. Due to his lack of flight, he could not safely be released so he now resides at the zoo.Elory is our male african spurred tortoise. Elroy was brought to the zoo after being kept as a pet. His family was no longer to keep him due to his large size. Elroy loves watermelon, getting back scratches and getting misted by the hose in the summer. Elenor was also kept as a pet before coming to the zoo.Wizzer, the Gray Fox who lives at the zoo shares his exhibit with Trixie the red fox. Wizzer came to the zoo after a man tried to surrender him to the head zookeeper. Wizzer spent time in a rescue center before being deemed non-releasable due to his history of being kept illegally as a pet.The Whimbrel at the zoo is actually missing part of its wing, an injury that occurred in the wild. Whimbrels make piping calls and live in open habitats such as tundras, mudflats, beaches and salt marshes. They feed on crabs and aquatic invertebrates that they extract from the mud with their long thin bills.
The boa that lives at the zoo was a relinquished pet after their owner could no longer care for them. The three lined boa or Rosy boa kills prey via constriction and is a very good climber
JJ the Mourning Dove who resides at the zoo was found as a juvenile on zoo grounds. He had fallen from his nest when the old tree branch he was settled in broke off. Because of the extremely close proximity of the bird to the then Mountain Lion exhibit, and after waiting to see if mom returned for him, it was decided to take JJ in to hand raise by the head zookeeper. JJ happily cooes and sits on zookeepers heads when he is in the mood. He likes being talked to and swinging on tree branches. .