November 3, 2008

New Animal Day!

The Squam Lakes Natural Science Center is holding a very special “New Animal Day” with reduced admission rates on Saturday, November 22 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (last admission 2:30 p.m.). The Science Center’s typical trail season ends on November 1 (the exhibit trail reopens May 1), but the timing of the arrival of a couple of new animals prompted a special “post-season” opening. Visitors on November 22 will get to see a new six-month old Bobcat, a new seven-month old Coyote and a new adult White-tailed Deer.

In October, the Science Center obtained a 5-month old Bobcat kitten from a wildlife rehabilitation center in Tennessee. The kitten had been confiscated from an individual who was illegally keeping it as a pet, and it could not be returned to the wild. Standard Science Center protocols require that any new animal be quarantined for a month prior to being introduced to its’ enclosure. The timing of the arrival of the Bobcat (October 1) meant that the new Bobcat would not be on exhibit until the week after the normal November 1 trail closing. Rather than wait until May to allow the public to see this new Bobcat, the Science Center decided to offer this special preview. The new kitten will join a 14-year old female Bobcat in their exhibit enclosure.

In June a new three-month old Coyote pup arrived at the Science Center from a wildlife rehab Center in Michigan. This Coyote joined the Center’s collection of program animals which are used as part of naturalist-presented programs all over the state. This new Coyote replaces a previous Coyote which died last May at the ripe old age of 16. Over the summer the Coyote has been in daily training in order for him to become accustomed to visiting classrooms and working with the Science Center staff. The pup is coming along well and will make his public “debut” on November 22.

Visitors on November 22 will also be able to see a new adult female White-tailed Deer which joined the two other deer on exhibit in October. This deer came from a wildlife rehab center in New Hampshire. Most of the other animals in the Science Center collection will be viewable along the exhibit trail with the likely exception of the Black Bears, which may have settled in for their winter sleep and a few of the more cold-sensitive birds which are housed in winter quarters. The collection includes Red Fox, Striped Skunk, Fisher, Mountain Lion, River Otter, Bald Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk, Great Horned Owl, and Red-shouldered Hawk.

The Center’s Howling Coyote Gift Shop will also be open from 11:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with lots of holiday shopping sale items.

Admission on November 22 will be at the reduced fee of $8 for adults, $4 for Youth (ages 3-15) and $6 for Seniors (ages 65+). Admission is free to Science Center members and children under 2. Reservations are not required. For more details about this special New Animal Day, go to or call 603-968-7194.

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