Where are the baby animals?

February 23, 2010 at 7:29 pm Leave a comment

While spring is traditionally the time for baby animals at Maymont, this year will be different. There will be very few, if any, new baby animals at the Children’s Farm. Due to the difficult economic times, we have had to make some tough choices in the best interest of Maymont.

In terms of animal management, we must focus closely on the number of mouths we have to feed. We must responsibly care for the animals already here, so we cannot afford to take on costly additions to the animal collection. Consequently, we have sent some animals to other good homes such as qualified zoos and aquariums. We also have restricted new births with appropriate contraceptive techniques and will not be replacing some animals that have passed away. While these decisions are difficult, I’m sure many people can relate to the challenges of the new economic reality.

Nevertheless, you can be sure that despite the tough times, we are doing our best to be responsible caretakers and still provide wonderful experiences at Maymont. There are so many great things to do here and still many endearing animals to see throughout the park including several yearling goats at the Children’s Farm, the new bobcat in the Virginia wildlife exhibits and the playful otters at the Nature Center. And don’t forget to visit Liberty and Quincy at the Bald Eagle Exhibit for an up-close and personal view of two of Virginia’s most beautiful birds.

I look forward to seeing you this spring as we celebrate the turn of the seasons and our enduring spirit!

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Buz Bireline, Director of Habitats & the Nature Center at Maymont

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