Niabi Zoo gets new animals

The Niabi Zoo has three new animals at the zoo for the 2014 season.

The zoo has not replaced the elephant exhibit yet. Zoo Director Marc Henizman says his crews are still trying to decide how to replace Babe and Sophie. He said rhinos are a possible replacement.

The zoo already has two new endangered species for the spring.

One of them a snow leopard named Kira.  She came to the Quad Cities from Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Heinzman also helped bring in a new male red wolf. Heinzman hopes the red wolf mates with the female they already have to make pups this spring.

“Wolf pups are just like dog puppies,” Heizman said. “They’re adorable, and I think people would really get a kick out of seeing them out there.”

There’s also a new female black and white Colobus monkey that was born at the zoo in December of 2013.

Also new for 2014, Heinzman says his zookeepers will start to feed the snakes in front of visitors, so people can learn how the snakes attack their prey.

The zoo opens Monday, April 7th. It’s open seven days a week until 5 p.m.

If your child would like the chance to be a Zookeeper for the Day at the zoo, click here.

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