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Local Native Americans are concerned about a new housing development in Coal Valley that may be a burial ground. Collin Schopp reports in May, the village board approved the 91-acre project.


Debut of the Pallas Cat

Apr 13, 2018
Niabi Zoo

Two new species will make their debut this weekend when the Niabi Zoo opens for the season - the Pallas Cat  and Yellow-backed Duiker.

Arrowhead Ranch

With a few swings of a sledge hammer, and knocking down a wall, a project to assure the future of Arrowhead Ranch is underway. The renovation and remodeling of the campus in Coal Valley will help it expand and offer its treatment services to more at-risk young people.

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A curator from the Smithsonian National Zoo is leaving Washington D.C. to manage the zoo in the Quad Cities. After a national search, Lee Jackson has been named the new Director of the Niabi Zoo in Coal Valley. 

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Some monkeys, lions, and snow leopards need financial help. A new group of community leaders, called the Niabi Zoo Oversight Committee, will try to improve operations at the zoo in Coal Valley. 

Scott County Jail

An ongoing domestic dispute is apparently the reason for yesterday's shootings in Davenport and Bettendorf. That's according to a press release from the city of Bettendorf identifying the man involved as 40 year old Robert Mayes, from Coal Valley.

Police say he first fired shots in a building that houses a law office and military recruiting center in the 700 block of Kimberly Road in Davenport. Mayes' estranged wife works there and he was looking for her.

Niabi Zoo

Visitors can now help choose a name for Niabi Zoo's newest Colobus monkey. The baby was born a month ago, and people can use their pocket change to cast a vote for three different names.

Director of the zoo in Coal Valley, Marc Heinzman, says the name with the highest dollar amount will win. And all proceeds will go towards "ongoing improvements" to exhibits and facilities.

Marc Heinzman

After three years on the job, the director of Niabi Zoo is stepping down. The zoo in Coal Valley announced today Marc Heinzman is leaving Niabi for a position as Zoological Curator at Northwest Trek Wildlife Park in Washington.

Heinzman began working as a zookeeper at Niabi Zoo in 2008, and was promoted to Zoo Director in 2012. In a news release, Heinzman says he's proud of "the improved levels of animal welfare and financial stability...the zoo has implemented in the last three years."

Niabi Zoo


The Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission is taking a second look at options for the Niabi Zoo. Last month, the Zoological Society released a feasibility study, reporting potential donors will support the zoo if its management changes. Now, the Forest Preserve is double checking those findings. 


The Niabi Zoological Society is a private organization that raises money for the zoo in Coal Valley. It hired a consultant to study the feasibility of raising up to 8-million-dollars to expand and improve the zoo. 

Niabi Zoo

Following the announcement of two giraffe deaths at Niabi Zoo, some changes have been made to the animal's exhibit. The zoo in Coal Valley announced today it's completed renovations to its giraffe building, to enhance the level of care for its giraffe herd.