Night Hunters has been open for a few weeks now and we’re getting a lot of positive feedback, especially about how much better it smells 🙂 The Eurasian eagle owl that greets visitors as they enter the building is a big hit, too.
The Saving Species interactive kiosks where visitors can create their own digital ID signs for some of the small cats have been pretty popular. In just the first five days, about 780 signs were created!
People are scanning the Quick Response (QR) codes to download videos about the animals, too. In just the first two weeks, the QR codes in Night Hunters have been scanned more than 850 times. The ocelot video has been viewed the most so far.
There have been some questions about where all the animals that were on display in the old Nocturnal House and Cat House have gone. Some of them have been moved to other exhibit areas in the Zoo while others have been transferred to other zoos.
The armadillos, for example, rotate on exhibit in the Children’s Zoo and our roving interpreters often bring them out for live encounters, too.
Other previous residents that make live encounter appearances include the barn owl and coatimundi.
A two-toed sloth hangs out in a tree in the Discovery Forest (attached to the Education Center).
We have a serval in our Cheetah Encounter program.
Some other exciting news since the Night Hunters opening – we’ve had a baby bearcat and a baby tayra born! Hopefully, we can get some pictures up soon.