Animals On The Move At The Chattanooga Zoo

Friday, June 20, 2014

The Chattanooga Zoo has said goodbye to Maliha the snow leopard and Frank the dromedary camel, and welcomed two female capybaras and another camel. 

Maliha the snow leopard was transferred to Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence, R.I. on June 2, where she has been recommended for breeding with another snow leopard as part of the Species Survival Plan. Maliha is the second female cub of parents, Kasimir and Czar. Their first daughter, Renji, was also transferred for breeding per the SSP. “We are so sad to see Maliha go, but we feel very blessed to be part of the snow leopard conservation efforts,” says CEO and President, Darde Long. 

In the same day, the Zoo received two female capybaras. This seven-month old sister pair came from the Little Rock Zoo in Little Rock, Ar. The capybaras, yet to be named, will be in quarantine for 30 days and then will be housed with the Zoo’s existing capybara, Fran. The Chattanooga Zoo will host a naming contest for the two capybaras shortly before they are exhibited. 

A week later, on June 9, the Chattanooga Zoo said goodbye to Frank the dromedary camel and said hello to Bradley the dromedary camel. Bradley, four-years-old, came to the Chattanooga Zoo from Jo-Don Farms in Franksville, Wi., where he was trained primarily to be a riding camel. Frank, 21 years old, left the Chattanooga Zoo to retire at Jo-Dons Farms. Bradley began giving camel rides to visitors shortly after he arrived, and is fitting well into the animal collection, said zoo officials. 

In the month of May, through the Wildlife Rehabilitation program, the Chattanooga Zoo received a Nine-Banded Armadillo. This two-month-old male armadillo came to the rehab program due to bring orphaned in the Chattanooga area. After TWRA approval, the armadillo will make the Chattanooga Zoo its forever home. The animal is currently being held in quarantine and will soon be housed with the Zoo’s resident Two-Toed Sloth in the Forests of the World exhibit. 




Playcore Begins Construction On New Collegedale Playground

Playcore, the Chattanooga-based contractor for the new playground at Collegdale has begun construction. The 7,000-square-foot, handicapped-accessible, ultra modern playground should be finished in mid-June, weather permitting. (click for more)

Kevin Harrington To Be Keynote Speaker At 3rd Annual Entrepreneur Power Luncheon

The keynote speaker for Urban League of Greater Chattanooga’s Third Annual Entrepreneur Power Luncheon will be Kevin Harrington, i nventor of the infomercial, original shark on Shark Tank and as seen on TV Pioneer. Officials said, "Kevin is one of the most successful entrepreneurs of our time."    The luncheon will be on  Tuesday, from 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. ... (click for more)

Haslam Adds K-12 Funds In Budget Amendment

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam on Tuesday unveiled additions to the FY 2015-2016 budget that will be considered by the General Assembly in the coming weeks, including added funding for K-12. The governor last week met with school superintendents from the largest systems in the state over the issue of state funding for K-12. The next day, the Hamilton County Schools joined ... (click for more)

City Detective Who Was Arrested Twice In 4 Months Is Fired After Internal Affairs Investigation

A city detective who was arrested twice in four months has been fired by Police Chief Fred Fletcher. David Catchings had been charged with DUI last September and then with domestic assault at the end of the year. Police said, "After a complete review of both investigations – which included recommendations from Internal Affairs, the Administrative Review Committee and Officer ... (click for more)

Physicians Thank Their Patients On Doctor’s Day

March 30 has been set aside as National Doctors’ Day since 1933 as a time to recognize the contributions made by our physicians. While the recognition is appreciated, our greatest satisfaction comes from caring for our patients.  For 132 years, the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Medical Society has been the physicians’ voice as we worked together to improve health of our community. ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Goodbye, Dr. Nassour

About 51 years ago, right after Jim Creel had graduated from the University of Texas and was in Guadalajara for medical school, he was surprised to find a complete stranger sitting on his battered and dusty Volkswagen. “He had seen my Longhorns sticker and was thrilled to find somebody else in Mexico who loved the University of Texas. “That’s when our friendship started and it ... (click for more)