The NEW Zoo & Adventure Park is excited to announce the arrival of Murphy the moose. The calf was orphaned and subsequently hand-raised in Alaska. Staff at the Alaska Zoo cared for him and another orphan moose over the summer, until the two youngsters were ready to travel to their permanent homes – one to the NEW Zoo and the second to another AZA Zoo in the Midwest.
With a coordinated FedEx flight, zoo staff from both zoos met at the Indianapolis airport to unload the “little” calves before continuing their journeys to their respective new homes. After living behind-the-scenes for about a month to acclimate to his new surroundings and get to know his new caretakers, Murphy was recently moved to his permanent home in the moose habitat in the NEW Zoo’s Northern Trails area.
Zoo guests can now see Murphy on the north side of the moose habitat, while resident elderly female moose, Matilda, can be viewed on the south side. The two will live separately, as the energetic five-month-old is a bit too rambunctious to share a habitat fully with Matilda. Moose are solitary animals in the wild, but the two do seem to enjoy watching each other.
As you’re planning your trip to see Murphy, consider stopping by on Thanksgiving. The NEW Zoo will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 25th and also open for regular hours on Friday, November 26th. That means there’s plenty of time to stop out before or after your holiday celebrations.
Animal residents are often more active in cooler weather, so this time of year is a great time to visit.