Magnetic Hill Zoo seeks local help to house animals during winter months

Moncton — Citing the high cost of heating, a lack of revenue due to a sluggish summer season and insufficient provincial funding, the Magnetic Hill Zoo is looking for people in the Greater Moncton area to temporarily adopt some of its 436 animals for the months of November to the end of March. “We’ve gone over a number of options,” said manager Alan Thibodeau, “and after careful consideration, we’ve concluded this is our most viable solution to stay operational.”

From apes to otters, yaks and zebras, Atlantic Canada’s largest zoo is hoping people in the area will temporarily open up their homes to provide shelter and sustenance to these exotic animals during a cold Canadian winter they’re not adapted to.

lemurSo far, and just days into the campaign, there’s been a significant amount of interest. “We already have a number adoptees,” said Thibodeau. “And there’s already a long waiting list of people hoping to take in nearly every one of our monkeys and all of our wallabies.”

“They can be a bit of a handful,” said Moncton man Todd Miller, who recently took in 17 ring-tailed lemurs. “Initially I just wanted to adopt 1 or 2,” he said amid the sounds of shrieks, scampering, and falling objects caused by the wily primates. “But I was told it would be best to keep the clan together. So I thought, well, the more the merrier.” In response to a loud thumping noise that could be heard emanating from a wall just behind Miller’s head, he said: “Looks like one of the little dickens got into the walls again.”

Riverview couple Shawn and Lisa Hughes, who are currently housing an 8-year-old lioness, said they couldn’t be happier with their decision. “We go through about 60 cans of cat food a day, which can be a bit pricey, but we love having her around the house,” said Mrs. Hughes of the 280-pound feline predator, adding: “And she’s great with the kids.”

Of course, zoo staff charged with finding homes for the animals aren’t just looking for anyone. “Depending on the kind of animal you’re looking to adopt,” said Thibodeau “we’re going to need to know you’re qualified. If you’re hoping to adopt something like a mountain lion, timber wolf or water buffalo, we’re asking you have at least 1 to 2 years experience owning a pet, such as a dog or cat.”

  1. How can I adopt an animal???

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  2. you guys are hillarious, still can’t believe the peop;le who fall for this stuff!!

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  3. Poor, pitiful animals. This just adds to the reasons why zoo’s are so wrong. If you can’t properly care for the animals you’re imprisoning, you shouldn’t have a zoo. Period.

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  4. Would be more then happy to take a monkey

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  5. I have never been so happy to “adopt an animal” from Magnetic Hill!!! I am now the proud ‘owner’ of a family of goats…the money I’ll save on garbage bags alone will be enough to pay for their board. Plus the $250 per week in energy savings from NB Power rocks! Everyone should get on board!

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  6. hahahahahahahahah!!

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  7. I just adopted a lion!i was a bit nervous at first because up until now, my border collie has only herded sheep. But with a few weeks training, I probably won’t even need a leash for the lion in the backyard. Plus I live in an urban area that is right across the street from a school so, you know, the kids will love it. I was thinking of letting the kiddies ride the lion for a small fee on the weekends.

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  8. I would love to have a Timberwolve we already own a Alaskan malamute wondering how they would bond together?…

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    • I’d love to adopt a couple of peacocks. I prefer the ones with a full fan of tailfeathers to go with my livingroom decor. And they must be housetrained to use a litterbox. Could they share my cats litterbox or maybe?

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  9. I’d love to adopt a couple of peacocks. I prefer the ones with a full fan of tailfeathers to go with my livingroom decor. And they must be housetrained to use a litterbox. Could they share my cats litterbox maybe?

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  10. I went for a pair of Zebras. I mean, hay is fairly inexpensive, and they do work around the place, too. They’ll save me a bundle getting back and forth to town. The Amish make good use of horses, zebras can’t be much more difficult to train. I can also compost their droppings for my spring garden! Thank you for this opportunity, Magnetic Hill! I’m seriously considering adding to the family; a couple marmosets in the house will be very snuggly for the winter season!

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  11. Christa Patriquin December 3, 2014, 10:34 am

    I live in Nova Scotia and would love to help! How do you contact the zoo?

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  12. I have an ostrich. Not too noisy.

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  13. my family would be willing to help out and keep an animal here!

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  14. we just adopted a zebra…oh yeah!!

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  15. After that nasty experience taking care of a Polar Bear from your zoo last winter, I am reluctant to take on any more of your animals.

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  16. I went to adopt an animal and ended up taking home one of their minimum wage workers who was hiding in a cave for the winter. I love him and named him Roger!

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