Meet Boop the yak, the newest member of the Discovery Wildlife Park family – Red Deer Advocate
Boop the baby yak joined the gang at Discovery Wildlife Park just in time for Innisfail Zoo’s May Day season opening.
Boop arrived at the zoo last week a day after she was born on a farm in Alberta where her mother could not produce milk for her.
Zoo owner Doug Bos said raising a baby animal by hand takes a lot of care and Discovery has a lot of experience and training in raising orphaned babies.
“We take in a lot of orphans. It’s not just about giving them a bottle. There are other things you need to do that the mother does that you need to know,” Bos said.
Boop will be a companion to Felicia, Discovery’s lone yak.
“They will definitely be exposed. We’ll talk when we’re bottle-feeding. It gives us the opportunity to interact with the public.
He said there may be more animals coming to Discovery this season for people to visit. It’s hard to know for sure.
“We are not like an ordinary zoo. Most of these animals come to us. We don’t plan to get them. They end up right at our doorstep.
He also doesn’t know what to expect from the 2022 summer tourist season now that COVID-19 is starting to ease.
“People have been herded for two years basically. Now, there are so many things they can do, it’s hard to choose. We’re going to have a lot more competition there. There will be local fairs, parades, rodeos, summer festivals and all those activities that we never had last year.
“With the price of fuel, it will theoretically limit people’s movement as well, so I just don’t know.”
He said some people appreciate how easily they can social distance outdoors at Discovery where there is plenty of room to spread out so the park continues to attract those visitors. Weather also plays a role in attendance, but the park will be open as usual from next month.
“We open May 1st every year rain, shine or snow, or whatever mother nature gives us.”
Bos said Discovery has added more cabins for rent near the site’s rainbow trout pond on the north side of the property, so people can still get out and enjoy nature if they’re not. don’t have an RV or camping gear.
“They can hear the wolves howl at night and the lions roar. It’s a really different experience.