The Navajo Nation Zoo: A Place of Beauty and Wonder!

O’siyo. With the warm weather comes the fun of visiting outdoor places like the zoo!  the Navajo Nation Zoo has added many new exhibits to the original one. There is an array of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish and invertebrates. It is a wonderful place for children to see and learn about different species. What’s more important The Navajo Nation Zoo and Botanical Park is the only Native American owned-and-operated Zoo in the Country!

Here are some exciting Highlights from the zoo page: The Navajo Nation Zoo

The Navajo Nation Zoo and Botanical Park offers a number of services to the Navajo People and visitors from all over the world

The Navajo Nation Zoo and Botanical Park offers a number of services to the Navajo People and visitors from all over the world

“The Navajo Nation Zoo and Botanical Park is the only Native American Zoo in the U.S. We are a Navajo Nation Program within the Department of Fish and Wildlife, and have six very dedicated full-time staff. Our Mission Statement is available for your viewing. The Zoo has been in existence since 1977, and you can read about our history and the history of the Zoo Logos. The Navajo Zoo has over 100 animals of 50 different species. Nearly all of our resident animals are NATIVE to the Navajo Nation. And most of our animals were found injured or orphaned on the Navajo Nation. Since these animals are unable to live in the wild, they are housed here and provided daily professional care.
The Navajo Zoo provides an excellent opportunity for visitors to learn about, and make a connect with, the native animals of NavajoLands. The Zoo is set among the natural sandstone terrain of Window Rock, and provides a quiet atmosphere to relax and enjoy the day.” Learn more…

Eagle Feathers

“The Department of Fish and Wildlife and The Navajo Nation Zoo are embarking on a pilot program to legally release GOLDEN EAGLE FEATHERS to the Navajo People. These feathers are ‘live’ feathers that were naturally shed (molted) from the Eagles at The Navajo Zoo.

This program is being done under federal permits from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that were issued to the Navajo Nation.” Learn more…

Golden Eagle. Navajo Nation Zoo

Golden Eagle. Navajo Nation Zoo

 

Honorable President Shelly and The First Lady each received an eagle feather. Photo Navajo Nation Zoo

Honorable President Shelly and The First Lady each received an eagle feather. Photo Navajo Nation Zoo

Education At the Zoo

“The Navajo Nation Zoo is continually striving to provide education to its visitors. We are, and will be creating numerous display signs, brochures, and other means of education. Our focus is providing accurate information on our animals, plants, biology, and the traditional importance of animals and plants to the Navajo People. We have a number of brochures available on the local fauna of the Navajo Nation.”  Learn more…

Meet Some of the Animals!

“The Navajo Zoo has three Gila Monsters on exhibit in the Discovery Center.” Learn more…

The Navajo Zoo has three Gila Monsters on exhibit in the Discovery Center.  Photo- NNZoo.

The Navajo Zoo has three Gila Monsters on exhibit in the Discovery Center. Photo- NNZoo.

“The Navajo Zoo has one  Black Widow Spider on exhibit in the Discovery Center. This Spider is named Bettie.” Learn more…

Black Widow Spider.

Black Widow Spider.

“The Navajo Zoo has two Great-horned Owls on exhibit. One owl, named J.W. Hooter, came to the Zoo a number of years ago with serious eye and wing injuries, making it impossible to return to the wild. The second owl was a new acquisition in July 2012 after he suffered a serious wing injury and could not be returned to the wild. This young owl has not been named under our adopt-an-animal program.” Learn more…

“The Navajo Zoo has two Black Bears on exhibit. One is named Bessie, who was received as an orphaned cub in 2000. She was found near Heber, AZ when she was caught in a trap as a cub. In Nov 2012 we received Abbey, who was orphaned outside of Flagstaff AZ in August. She came to us at about 80 lbs. and very shy.” Learn more…

“The Navajo Zoo has three Cougars on exhibit. In September 2011 we introduced two new older cubs to Sophie. One is a male that already weighs 90-100 pounds before his first birthday; the other is a female (photo above) that is half the size of Sophie. The new male was named Hunter and the female was named Kay-bah through the Zoo’s Adopt-an-Animal Program.” Learn more…

“The Navajo Zoo has three young Cottontails the Waterfall Exhibit in the Discovery Center. Each were found orphaned in the local Window Rock area during the summer of 2012 and brought to the Zoo when very young. One Cottontail was named “Uncle Mike” when it was adopted through our Adopt-an-Animal Program.” Learn more…

Kudos to the Navajo Nation Zoo and all of the people who support this wonderful institution of beauty and learning for all of us. We urge everyone to support the zoo and the good work it is doing!

“I think I could turn and live with animals, they are  so placid and self-contained, I stand and look at them long and long.”~Walt Whitman~

Category: Animals