Mandarin Rat Snakes are native to Asia, especially throughout China, Taiwan, India, and Myanmar. They are mostly located in forests and agricultural regions throughout the central and southern parts of these places. They are among the smaller species of snake. In fact, a fully grown Mandarin Rat Snake only grows up to a little over four and a half feet long. Because of their size, they do not weigh very much either.
Because these snakes prefer to stay burrowed, they come out mainly during cool weather just after dawn or before sundown. Their main food source is tiny rodents. Since they are smaller, Mandarin Rat Snakes are quite popular snakes. You do not have to travel to Asia or get them as a pet to see one in person. All you have to do is come to our Reptile House and take a look at a Mandarin Rat Snake for yourself!
SafariSondra : February 24, 2017 2:59 pm : Blog Post
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 in forests or savannahs in groups called troops. Troops tend to contain up to 50 olive baboons, and the size is determined by the environment and the amount of food available in their surroundings. During the day, these troops are on the ground, but they sleep in trees at night for protection.
At the park, you can come to the walkabout and feed an olive baboon yourself! Have you visited and fed an olive baboon here yet?
SafariSondra : January 13, 2017 3:03 pm : Blog Post
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 from the female by checking the hind wings. If you see black scent glands, then you see a male.
Legend has it that when you see a Monarch butterfly, you are supposed to examine your personality and your life. In particular, you must focus on the parts of yourself and your life that need to change or transform for the better. Since a caterpillar undergoes a metamorphosis to become the beautiful Monarch butterfly, then you too must undergo a metamorphosis to achieve your best possible self! That is definitely great advice to keep in mind all throughout 2017 and beyond!
SafariSondra : December 9, 2016 2:04 pm : Blog Post
“No shiny red light bulb nose here!”
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 are known as caribou. When they are domesticated, they become known as reindeer. Their life expectancy is 15 years out in the wild.
Unlike other deer, both male and female reindeer grow antlers. Similar to human fingerprints, no two reindeer antlers are exactly the same. As their horns grow, they are rubber-like and filled with marrow and blood. Around August, the horns harden, and by winter, they fall off.
Depending on where they live in North America, their fur color varies. Reindeer in the northern part of the continent have whiter fur, whereas those in the southern part possess darker fur, The southern reindeer is also larger than their northern neighbors!
As for their diet, reindeer are herbivores. They eat moss, along with certain trees and grasses. They can weigh as little as 240 pounds and as much as 700 pounds. Reindeer can also run up to 50 miles per hour, which may explain why Santa Claus chose them to lead his sleigh!
SafariSondra : November 18, 2016 1:36 pm : Blog Post
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 too cool, then not all of the animals — like our giraffe Sheldon — will be out and about that day. However, we will still have plenty of animals for your family to greet, feed, and pet on Thursday. You’ll still be able to get some great pictures to share with your friends and family on social media, too. If you are too full to visit on Thanksgiving, then remember that we are also open during regular business hours for the entire holiday weekend. If you need a break from Black Friday shopping, then what better way to spend time away from the shopping craziness than with some really cool animals? Our bus is running all weekend as well.
We hope you choose to spend your holiday with us and the animals at the park, and again — happy Thanksgiving!
SafariSondra : October 24, 2016 3:19 pm : Blog Post
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 spot a brown recluse by its violin-shaped head, so be on the lookout when you are outdoors!
The mosquito may be a tiny insect, but it is quite deadly. In some areas in the world, this bug spreads diseases like Dengue fever, malaria, and the West Nile Virus — all with a single bite. In fact, the mosquito is responsible for almost three million deaths each year. Since they’re bloodsuckers, you can almost think of them as little vampire bugs!
The vampire bat feeds on, surprise surprise, blood. Although this bat species is only the size of a thumb, it feasts on some pretty big prey: horses, cattle, even humans! The vampire bat detects flowing blood using heat sensors in its nose. It bites through skin with knife-life teeth and drinks up what oozes out. As you can guess from the name — the vampire bat only come out at night!
SafariSondra : August 23, 2016 8:00 am : Blog Post
“Hey there, good lookin’!”
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 cannot see in our walkabout or drive-thru. It is also a terrific way to get a close and safe look at animals that might scare you a little in real life, like snakes. We encourage all of you to visit it the next time you are at the park. In the meantime, we hope you enjoyed the video, and we hope to see all of you soon! Maybe for Labor Day Weekend — hint hint?