Author: SafariSondra

Animal Corner — Olive Baboons

Of all the baboon species, olive baboons are among the largest. They can grow as tall as 23 inches, and they can weigh over 80 pounds. Male olive baboons are larger because their mane can get so thick and bushy. The males also have much larger and sharper teeth than the females do. Because of these sharp teeth, they are omnivores, feasting on fruits, leaves, and small animals. Olive baboons live…

Animal Corner — The Monarch Butterfly

Happy new year from Wild Animal Safari! The new year represents change and a chance for growth for many of us, so what better animal to discuss this month than the Monarch butterfly? A caterpillar takes nine to fourteen days to metamorphose into a Monarch butterfly. It feasts on nectar from flowers, and it can fly at speeds up to twelve miles per hour. You can tell a male Monarch butterfly apart…

Animal Corner — Reindeer

[caption id="attachment_3390" align="alignleft" width="300"] "No shiny red light bulb nose here!"[/caption] Christmas is almost here, so we figured it would be exciting to learn more about one of the most famous animals of the holiday season -- reindeer. They might not have Rudolph noses or pull any sleighs for Santa Claus (that we know of!), but they are still pretty interesting and cute! In North America, reindeer in the wild…

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy (early) Thanksgiving from all of us at Wild Animal Safari! While we may not have any turkeys at the park, we do have plenty of other animals you can come visit before or after your Thanksgiving dinner. The park is open during its regular hours on Thursday. The tour bus is running, so your family can even feed some animals their own Thanksgiving feast that day. If the weather is…

It’s Almost Halloween!

Halloween is next week! To celebrate, we wanted to spotlight some of the spookier animals in the animal kingdom. The brown recluse is one spider you do not want to cross! While this spider is mostly reclusive and seldom aggressive, it will bite if it feels threatened in any way. The brown recluse’s bite is so venomous that it can lead to necrosis, which kills your skin tissue. You can…

Animal Corner — Our Tegu Lizard on Ozarks Live!

[caption id="attachment_3278" align="alignleft" width="300"] "Hey there, good lookin'!"[/caption] Did you know we have a Reptile House at Wild Animal Safari? It is located right outside the walkabout and is close to our picnic area. In the Reptile House, we keep animals like a Ball Python, a Crocodile Gecko, and this Tegu Lizard featured on Ozarks Live.  The Reptile House is a great place to learn about and view animals you…

Animal Corner — Blanding’s Turtle

This week, we would like to spotlight an endangered species here in Missouri -- the Blanding's Turtle. These animals are located in the northeastern corner of the state. Their shell can grow up to seven inches long, and with a high dome. The upper shell can be a yellow-spotted black or brown, with a yellow-brown lower shell. The Blanding's Turtle spends most of its time either in or along the…