On March 31st, twin ram (male) lambs were born to Cosley Zoo’s ewe Rose. At three days of age, the lambs weighed about 14.0 and 14.1 lbs at birth. Another of the Zoo’s ewes, Pearl, gave birth to a single ram (male) lamb on March 31st as well. At three days of birth, he weighed a whooping 19.1 lbs! Both Ewes and all three lambs are doing well!
The new lambs are already playing with each other. Like all hoofed animals, lambs can stand and even run within just a few hours of their birth. They grow quickly and will be in the neighborhood of 120 pounds by mid-late summer. While at the moment they count on their mother’s milk for nutrition, within a few short days the Zoo will start to supplement the milk with hay and special feed just for lambs.
Cosley Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). The accreditation process consists of a detailed review and inspection covering all aspects of an institution’s operation including the animal collection; veterinary care; physical facilities; safety; security; finance; staff; governing authority; support organization; involvement in education, conservation, and research; and adherence to AZA policies. Accreditation occurs every five years and is a requirement for zoos and aquariums to be members of AZA. Of approximately 2,800 USDA licensed wildlife exhibitors, only 213 have achieved AZA accreditation.
Cosley Zoo offers educational programs for groups or individuals and offers a wide variety of summer camps for kids.
For more information regarding Cosley Zoo or to become a member of the Zoo, visit their web site at www.cosleyzoo.org or contact the Zoo at 630-665-5534.