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red tailed boa

Animal Corner — Red-Tailed Boa

When a Red-Tailed Boa is first born, it weights between 14 to 22 ounces and can easily fit in your hand -- if that's your thing. Within a year, though, you can say goodbye to holding that snake easily in your hand! At this point, the Red-Tailed Boa is up to eight feet long. Once it is fully grown, this snake can weigh 50 pounds and be 10 feet long. Most…

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 Short-Eared Owl

[caption id="attachment_2086" align="alignleft" width="277"] Photo Credit: Tupulak[/caption] A name can say a lot, especially if you're a Short-Eared Owl. As you might have guessed, this owl is known for their extremely short ears. Their ears are so short that you can't really see them among all their feathers. They still have excellent hearing and are great communicators. They hoot, bark and make hissing or squeaking sounds. These owls grow up…

Animal Corner – Black Bears

[caption id="attachment_1138" align="alignleft" width="170"] Black bear in Yellowstone[/caption] Fun fact - Black bears are the most common bear in America. In spite of their names, they can also be brown, blue or grey and even cinnamon. These guys can be found in nearly any forested area but also live in mountains and swamps.Black bears mostly eat berries, grasses and roots, but they are omnivores so they also eat fish and…

Animal Corner – Helping Animals through the Winter

[caption id="attachment_2697" align="alignleft" width="265"] Cr: Hal Brindley[/caption] The winter is extra difficult on animals. They have to find ways to survive with reduced access to food and little to no shelter from harsh elements.  Fortunately, you can do your part to help wildlife survive and be more comfortable, even if you live in an urban area. These are some simple steps you can take to give a helping hand to…

Animal Corner – The Vervet Monkey

[caption id="attachment_2364" align="alignleft" width="300"] "Face of adult vervet" - Charles JS Sharp[/caption] The vervet monkey is an Old World monkey native to Africa. Recently, however, they have been introduced to places around the world, including parts of America. Vervets have black faces,a grey body and white underbellies. Males weigh an average of 12 pounds and can be up to 24 inches in length at the base of the tail. Females…

Animal Corner – Animal adaptations

Animals have to live in many different types of environment around the world, from freezing cold to burning hot. Over time this has resulted in special adaptations which allow them to survive and thrive in almost any environment. Today we will look at some interesting ways animals have adapted to their habitat. Otters have water-repellent fur to keep them drier along with ears and nostrils which close to keep out…

Animal Corner — Pere David’s Deer

[caption id="attachment_1855" align="alignleft" width="300"] Photo Credit: Airwolfhound[/caption] Pere David's Deer were first discovered in 1866 by Father Armand David, a French missionary in China. In fact, "Pere" is the French word for "Father," hence the name! What made the deer species stand out was its unique features: cow-like hooves, camel-like neck, donkey-esque black tufted tail and deer antlers. They are also known for the males' antlers, where the main beam…

Animal Corner — Timber Wolf

[caption id="attachment_1847" align="alignleft" width="300"] Photo Credit: publicenergy[/caption] When some of you hear the name "Timber Wolf," you may think of a popular roller coaster at Worlds of Fun in Kansas City. As much fun as that ride may be, how much do you know about Timber Wolves the actual animals? Today, we're focusing on these amazing wolves, so by the end of this blog you should know plenty about them!…

Seasonal Changes and Animals

Before summer arrives most people change out the items in their closet in preparation for warmer weather. In the fall a similar change happens as people get sweaters and coats ready for the cold. Animals don't have closets but some do a good job of preparing for the coming seasons through changing their coats! One thing you might notice when you visit a park like ours is that animals with…