Monday, September 28, 2009

Crispy fall weather...

Right now the days are beautiful but the weather forecast is pointing to cooler weather later this week. The forecast calls for lower temperatures beginning Wednesday, so it's possible Zuri will not be on exhibit. Elephant Encounter does have heated areas for the elephants but with Zuri still so small, the animal care staff will assess the temperatures to make sure that she doesn't catch a chill.

Life with Baby Zuri is certainly day-by-day, and it's a learning process for Hogle Zoo to make sure she is healthy and happy! We will have regular updates here, as well as on our Facebook and Twitter to keep visitors informed on Zuri's exhibit hours as we head into winter.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Zuri's Wednesday adventure!

Zuri and Christie are still on exhibit, enjoying the mild first days of fall. While Zuri is still nursing, she has tried experimenting with some watermelon frozen in an ice block. Zuri didn't seem to grasp the concept of eating the watermelon but she did enjoy the ice block; quite a bit of time was spent smashing the chunk of ice with her head. Apparently mom's milk is still Zuri's meal of choice.

Zuri weighed in at 314 pounds yesterday and is more energetic than ever.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

It's Blog Feature Tuesday

Photo by @kris247

We had such a busy weekend at Hogle Zoo, and Zuri was on exhibit for her visitors. Quite a few people are blogging about their time with Zuri at Hogle Zoo, so it's only appropriate that we share some of the great things folks are saying about Hogle Zoo and baby Zuri.

Here are a few blogs we found about people who have already come to see Zuri and her mom Christie:
Babies at Utah's Hogle Zoo
Go see Zuri at Hogle Zoo
Vilela: Hogle Zoo
Cooper Family: Hogle Zoo

Have fun reading about our visitors' experiences with Zuri! These links are not created by Hogle Zoo, nor is Hogle Zoo responsible for any of the content found therein. For more background information on Zuri, visit our Hogle Zoo Web site here.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Deseret News video

If you haven't gotten to check out this video the Deseret News uploaded after Zuri's media preview last week, give it a look. It captures her energy and personality perfectly!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Baby Zuri's name officially announced

Thank you to everyone who voted on a name for Hogle Zoo's baby elephant. The winning name is Zuri, which received nearly half of the public votes submitted at Hogle Zoo and Sizzler and Red Robin restaurants.

As of Zuri's public debut last Friday, she weighed in at 306 pounds and is active and running around her yard. Zuri is quite energetic, but her mom Christie is handling that well, and both are very happy and healthy.

Here are some more pictures of Zuri taken last week at Hogle Zoo:

You can also see more video of Baby Zuri uploaded by our friends at Fox 13 by clicking here and Fox's photos here.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Just one month old...

On Friday September 11, Hogle Zoo debuted their new female African elephant to their visitors.

On Tuesday September 15, the baby's name was announced; and that name is Zuri. Swahili for "adorable or beautiful," our new Baby Zuri certainly is.

And full of energy.

Keep coming back to for more stories of Zuri's adventures at Utah's Hogle Zoo!