Happy Hallows is a family get away park and zoo. With a combination of theme park rides and games along with animal display some enclosed and some roaming around the place free for viewers to set their eyes upon.

Happy Hallow Park and Zoo opened back in 1961 which only started off with a few rides such as Danny the Dragon along with a few animals along with seal tank and fish concessions and the construction of Monkey Island (which was shortly turned made for remote controlled boats).

After 4 decades Happy Hallows still stands for enjoyment and thrills for others to experience at first hand. With large numbers of add ons and renovations Happy Hallows has far more to give you.  Such as King Neptune’s Carousel which featured 24 horses and chariots, The Octopus, Mini putt-putt car ride, Merry go round, more zoo animals, as well as expansions of meadows and more!

All activities that have been mentioned are only a small portion of what Happy Hallows has in store for you. Why not plan a trip and visit and be greeted by the smiles of friendly staff along with a few toothy grins from our very own zoo animals.

Bats

Many people still think of bats as dirty, disease spreading pests. In reality, bats are one of, if not the most beneficial mammals on earth!

Let’s clear up some common misunderstandings about bats:

  • Bats are not blind. Thay have eyes and can see, but they find their way about by means of "echolocation." This means that they emit vocal sounds through their nose or mouth as they fly. These sounds are reflected back to the bat in flight as echoes. They enable the bat to avoid hitting obstacles when flying in darkness and to locate flying insects.
  • Because they use echolocation, it is virtually impossible for a bat to get caught in your hair.
  • All bats do not carry rabies. Bats, like all mammals, can carry rabies, but unvaccinated dogs cause most cases of rabies in humans.
  • Bats are not dirty. They keep themselves very clean and are exceptionally resistant to disease. A dirty bat cannot fly!
  • Bats are not rodents. They belong to a completely different order called Chiroptera.
  • All bats do not drink blood. Vampire bats are the only bats that drink blood. They are found only in Latin America and represent less than one third of 1% of all of the 925 bat species.
  • Bats are the only mammals that can truly fly! Several other kinds of mammals can glide using wing-like flaps of skin, but it is not true powered flight.

Why are bats important?

There are almost 1000 species of Bats in the world! This is almost one fourth of all mammal species. They are incredibly diverse and are essential to the well being of our planet. There are many types of plants that are pollinated only by bats. Up to 98% of the seeds dropped in cleared areas in tropical rainforests are dispersed by bats, allowing for significant forest regeneration in as little as 2-3 years! If the bats were to disappear, so would a lot of plants that depend on bats for pollination and the animals that depend on those plants for their survival.

They help to control insect populations. A single bat can eat up to 600 mosquitoes in one night! Not only do they eat insects around your neighborhood but, migrating bats can eat thousands of bugs that would otherwise wipe out entire crops. Like most animals, bats suffer from habitat loss and environmental pollution. Loss of bats near farmlands increases the need for pesticide use on the crops. This in turn hurts the environment.

How can I help bats?

Learn about them and encourage others to do so. The more truths you know about bats, or any animal for that matter, will help you to understand their role in our ecosystem.If you find an injured bat, do not handle it or pick it up. Keep children and pets away from it and call the nearest wildlife center. Make your yard or garden bat friendly by not using pesticides. You may even want to provide a safe area for bats to roost. Bat houses can be purchased at most local bird centers that sell seed and birdhouses. You may also obtain plans for making your own bat house through bat conservation organizations.

 

Fishing Cats See Eye to Eye, We Hope!

Did you know that Happy Hollow Park & Zoo's Fishing Cats, Bengali and Nesrin, have been selected to become a breeding pair by the Fishing Cat SSP.

SSP stands for Species Survival Plan. SSP is a cooperative breeding and conservation plan coordinated through the American Zoo and Aquarium Association. SSP's are designed to "maintain a genetically viable and demographically stable population of a species in captivity" and to organize zoo and aquarium based efforts to preserve the species in its natural habitat. In other words, we are insuring the survival of a healthy population in captivity.

Bengali and Nesrin have been living together side by side for a number of years but in separate exhibits. We recently opened a concealed wire mesh window connecting the two exhibits. This will give the animals a chance to get to know each other through nose to nose contact which will, hopefully, stir some romantic interest. As part of the introduction, they will be switched into each other's exhibit, giving each an opportunity to live in the other's territory for a while. Staff will also observe them closely for any signs of aggression or mutual interest.

Nesrin, the female, was born at Banham Zoo in England in 1991. This makes her the most well traveled of Happy Hollow's animals. She came to Happy Hollow Park and Zoo in 1996. The male is somewhat of a local boy. He was born at Sacramento Zoo in 1995. Despite the difference in their birthplaces, we hope that the pairing of these cats will contribute to the conservation of this important species of small cat.

Fishing cats are from Indonesia. Their range extends from Pakistan to Indochina as well as the islands of Sri Lanka, Sumatra, and Java. Although not currently endangered, the Fishing Cat's habitat is endangered. Through the SSP, we can help maintain a strong captive population and support conservation efforts of native habitat to maintain a strong wild population.

Happy Hollow is proud to be a part of these efforts.

 
 
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