HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) – The Hattiesburg Zoo has more than a dozen new additions. The zoo Tuesday said 14 baby alligators have joined its family. Born last week to Pearl and Jacques, the alligators are the first births on site in the zoo’s 66-year history. Zookeepers retrieved the eggs from the nest on Friday, after […]
HATTIESBURG, Mississippi (AP) — Forrest County District Attorney Patricia Burchell told the Hattiesburg American that she will ask a grand jury to indict as many as nine college students involved in the kidnapping of a flamingo from the Hattiesburg Zoo. Devin Nottis, 19, of Pascagoula was arrested Oct. 8 in connection with the theft and subsequent deaths […]
HATTIESBURG, Mississippi (AP) — Hattiesburg residents are helping replace two Chilean flamingos from the Hattiesburg Zoo that died last week when one of the birds was taken during a fraternity scavenger hunt. Rick Taylor, executive director of the Hattiesburg Convention and Tourism Commission, tells WDAM-TV that some people have already made substantial donations to buy new birds […]
HATTIESBURG, Mississippi (AP) — A 19-year-old college student on a scavenger hunt has been charged with snatching a Chilean Flamingo from a Mississippi zoo in what police say was a prank gone wrong. Hattiesburg police spokesman Lt. Jon Traxler said Devin Nottis of Pascagoula is charged with grand larceny. The University of Southern Mississippi student […]
HATTIESBURG, Mississippi (AP) — Hattiesburg police are investigating the death of a Chilean flamingo stolen from the Hattiesburg Zoo early Tuesday. Rick Taylor, executive director of the Hattiesburg Convention Commission, said the female flamingo was taken about 1:08 a.m. It was located about 8:30 a.m. Tuesday and was returned to the zoo where it was […]
Zoo says goodbye to beloved Siberian tiger HATTIESBURG, Mississippi (AP) — A Siberian tiger that called the Hattiesburg Zoo home for 17 years has been euthanized. Rick Taylor, executive director of the Hattiesburg Convention Commission, says the female tiger was euthanized Friday at the zoo by veterinarians. Taylor says in a statement that the tiger, […]
HATTIESBURG, Mississippi (AP) — Two Sumatran tigers have gone on display at the Hattiesburg Zoo. WDAM-TV reported the male siblings were born at the Los Angeles Zoo. They are named Cinta and Kuasa. “Cinta means love, and Kuasa means power,” said Rick Taylor, executive director of the Hattiesburg Convention Commission. The tigers each weigh more than […]
The Ashbury Foundation has given $277,000 to the Hattiesburg Zoo to help complete work on the zoo’s highly anticipated education building.
The money will be used primarily to finish the interior of the 2,200 square-foot facility. It will open in April of 2014 as part of the zoo’s annual Birthday Bash celebrations and will be known as the Asbury Discovery Center.
The new state-of-the-art facility will feature viewable housing for the zoo’s education animals, as well as viewable offices and labs. It will also serve as the new home and play yard for the Zoo’s Galapagos Tortoises, and a venue for zoo classes, camps, special events and corporate meetings.