Kiwanis of Lufkin, TX
Project 11 - Duiker Dik Dik Project - 2000
Kirk's Dik Dik
The smallest member of the antelope family is usually found in Somalia, Kenya, Angola, Tanzania, and Namibia.. If startled, the dik-dik will make a series of zig-zag leaps and give loud whistles of warning before disappearing into the nearby scrub. Horns are found only on the males. The dik-dik feeds mainly on leaves, shoots, and fruits of most edible trees and bushes, standing on their hind legs to increase their reach, the dik-dik rarely drinks water, getting all the water they need from their food.
Dik-Dik and Duiker
When startled or frightened, these small African antelope dash to safety in dense brush. This habit gives rise to their common name of Duiker (Dutch for "diving buck"). The bay duiker is largely nocturnal and is seldom seen in the wild. It feeds on a variety of vegetable matter and occasionally eats insects and carrion. The bay duiker is found throughout Southern and Central Africa.
West African Crowned Crane
This majestic bird is characterized by its conspicuous topknot of stiff feathers, and is beneficial because of its fondness for insects and reptiles. The crowned crane feeds by stamping its feet as it advances through the marshlands in order to scare insects into flight. Like other species of cranes, crowned cranes have an elaborate courtship dance in which both males and females participate.
West African Crowned Cranes
This year's project was diversified, the main thrust being the installation of new fencing around the Duiker, Dik Dik pen. Work was again scheduled on Thursday afternoons and Saturday mornings.
Work on the project started on March 23rd and was finished on May 11th. The old hurricane fencing was taken down at the rear of the Wallaby exhibit and new posts and fencing were installed . Fencing consisted of a bottom panel of hog wire with the top panel being cattle wire, Where needed, fine wire fencing was superimposed on the bottom panel to prevent smaller animals from trying to get through the fence and getting stuck. This was the general motive for all the installed fencing for the entire project. A gate was built and installed at the rear of this exhibit.
Left to Right:Charlotte Henley, Jerry Sizemore & Charles Gabehart
Removing the old Hurricane Fencing
Gordon Henley and Charles Gabehart
Installing New Fencing
Charles Allen, Walter Streich, Matt Lindsey, Gabehart.
Installing New Fencing
Similar fencing was installed surrounding the entire Duiker- Dik Dik exhibit after the old fencing was removed. A gate was also built and installed at the rear of the exhibit.
Old fencing was removed at the old tortoise exhibit.
Bobby Gabehart, Walter Streich, Char. Gabehart
Removing more Chain Link Fence
Start of Construction of Wolf Holding Pen
Finally a wolf pen was installed near the back of the original wolf exhibit, and adjacent to the eagle exhibit. Similar construction was used, the pen also having a gateway. Panel fencing also had to be laid on the ground around the inside periphery of the pen to prevent the wolf from digging under the fence. This will be a holding pen for the remaining wolf when the present wolf area is converted to hold a different type of animal. A wooden panel fence was then installed in front of and on one side of the wire fence pen to obscure public view.
Finished Wolf Holding Pen.
Plants and bushes will be planted by zoo personnel, as needed, between all of the new fencing and walkways.
Twenty-five Kiwanians participated in this year's project, eight of these being retirees. Two guests participated, one being Bobby Gabehart, grandson of Charles, and Loren Head, son of Jim. Their help was appreciated. Gordon Henley, Zoo Director and Charlie Harris, Maintenance Supervisor guided Kiwanians, with assistance of Celia Falzone, Curator, and Kiwanian Charlotte Henley, Director of Education. A total of 240 man hours were expended.
Those Kiwanians who worked 8 hours or more on the project were awarded "Zoo Crew" T-shirts. These were presented to 11 Kiwanians at a regular club meeting.
Family Funerals, through the courtesy of Wayne Roberson, donated the bronze plaques for two locations for this year's project.
Cost of materials for the project was $2800.00. A check for this amount was presented to the Mayor of Lufkin, Louis Bronaugh, on May 25th in a ceremony at the site of the exhibits. To date, the Kiwanis Club of Lufkin has donated a total of $34622.00 and has worked a total of 3467 man-hours on eleven completed projects.
The Kiwanian Zoo Coordinator, Fred Jacobs, thanked all Kiwanians who so graciously donated their time and effort to complete this diversified project. The work Kiwanis has done at the Zoo over the past eleven years has done much to enhance the attractiveness of the various exhibits.
A Wallaby watching.
Buford Abeldt, Jim Head, Harvey Uhrich
Charlotte Henley and Celia Falzone
Sam Pirtle, Charlotte, Gabehart, Dub Cox
Charlie Harris and Wilton Killam
Sam Griffin, Sr., Wilton Killam & Fred Jacobs
Sam Griffin, Jr., Jimmy Birdwell
Al Underwood Walter Streich
Jim Head, David Lively and Crew.
Wilton Killam, Fred Preston
Break Time:Fred Jacobs, Dub Cox, Wilton Killam, Fred Preston
New Fencing in the Dik Dik Area
Dedication:Carol Riggs, Club President, Mayor Louis Bronaugh, Gordon Henley and Fred Jacobs.
Presentation of 'Zoo Crew' shirts to Kiwanians who worked 8 hours or more on the project.
Top Picture, L to R:Walter Streich, Bill Morgan, Fred Preston, Sam Pirtle, Charlotte Henley, Jerry Sizemore, Fred Jacobs, Dub Cox, Charlie Gabehart. Bottom picture: Jim Head. Wilton Killam not shown.
Last updated 7/6/2000
Page by F. Jacobs
and F. Preston