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Animal Corner–Elk

Elk are also known as wapiti. This is the Native American word for “light-colored deer.” They can live between eight to twelve years. A group of them is called a gang, and they are herbivores who mostly eat grass, foliage, and wood. Only males grow antlers. Females do not have antlers, like the one pictured above.  While elk and deer are related, they are not exactly the same animals. They…

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Animal Corner — Zebras

Zebras are more than just “horses with stripes.” These animals are native to Africa, ranging from Kenya and Ethiopia to South Africa and Namibia. There are three types: plains, Grevy’s, and mountain. Of these three, plains zebras are the most common with six subspecies. Their coat helps keep them cool in the hot African heat, dispelling the majority of the sun’s rays. A zebra’s stripes do more than simply make…

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Animal Corner–Preparing for Winter at Wild Animal Safari

For several of our animals, the winter season presents many challenges at the park. Some animals come from parts of the world that do not experience cold winter weather.They have not adapted to these cooler temperatures, so it is up to us to help them get through it. Here are a few of the steps we take to protect our animals and keep them warm during these often frigid months:…

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Animal Corner — Siberian Tigers

They may not be known as "the king of the jungle," but Siberian tigers can claim to be the largest cat species in the wild! An adult male can grow to be as much as 700 pounds, with tails up to three feet long. They are also known as Amur tigers, and they can be found throughout Asia in Russia, North Korea and China. Like other members of the tiger…

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Animal Corner — Sika Deer

Sika deer are commonly known as the "Spotted Deer" and the "Japanese Deer." They used to live all throughout East Asia, including Vietnam and Russia. Now it is common almost completely in Japan, giving it the nickname the "Japanese Deer." Unlike most deer, Sika do not lose their spots when they fully mature. Their spot patterns vary depending on the region of Japan they live in. Male Sika antlers grow…

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Animal Corner — Camels

Have you ever wondered why camels have humps? It is commonly believed that humps store water for them. However, that is far from the truth. In the desert, little food and water is available for them to consume. The hump stores fat to provide these wonderful creatures with all the energy they need in between feedings and drinkings. There are two types of camels. Dromedary camels have one hump, and the Bactrian camels…

Animal Corner — Safari Sondra Visits The Mystery Hour

Recently, Safari Sondra visited The Mystery Hour, a local late-night talk show right here in the Ozarks. Of course, she brought a few of our wonderful and exciting animals along with her. Below, you can watch Safari Sondra feed a fainting goat, try to get a New Guinea Singing Dog to sing on camera, and try to keep a coatimundi from stealing a coffee mug. After watching, we would love…

Animal Corner – The Gopher Tortoise

Gopher Tortoises hail from North America such as Florida, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana and South Carolina. They are one of the oldest living known species dating back 60 million years. Gopher Tortoises dig long burrows which end up providing shelter for many other animals, like mice, foxes and skunks. The Gopher Tortoise can reach about 12 inches long and has a life span of up to 100 years. They don't…

Animal Corner – The Vervet Monkey

[caption id="attachment_2606" align="alignleft" width="191"] Adult Vervet in South Africa[/caption] Vervet monkeys are primates that are indigenous to southern Africa. There are actually five distinct subspecies of the Vervet, some have even been introduced to areas of the United States, Cuba, Jamaica, Haiti and the Dominican Republic. These are versatile animals that can live in a wide range of environments, ranging from woodlands and coastal forests to mountainous areas. Vervets are…