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Buffalo

Animal Corner – The Buffalo

Buffalo used to be very plentiful in American.  Great herds roamed freely across the Great Plains and played a critical role in the lives of indigenous people. Currently, they are few in number but still considered a majestic animal that's symbolic of the West. Buffalo  can tip the scales at over 2,000 pounds and stand over 6 feet at their shoulders.  They spend most of their time grazing on grasses…

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 – Axis Deer

[caption id="attachment_2654" align="alignleft" width="300"] Credit: Eisenberg[/caption] The Chital, also known as the Axis deer,  are a deer species indigenous to regions in India, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bangladesh. This deer is most prevalent in Indian forests, where they feed on tall grasses, branches, shrubs and even fruit that has fallen thanks to monkeys in the trees. A male can weigh up to 165 pounds and stand up to 35 inches…

Animal Corner – The Lechwe

[caption id="attachment_2569" align="alignleft" width="300"] Young Lechwe in Botswana[/caption] Lechwe are a species of antelope native to marshy parts of Egypt, such as Botswana, Zambia, Congo and Namibia. They can reach up to 39 inches and 260, with the males being larger than females. Males also have distinct spiraled horns. Lechwe are generally brown with white underbellies. They live in marshes, so they eat a wide range of aquatic plants. They…

Animal Corner – The Buffalo

Buffalo, also called Bison, used to number in the millions here in America. Vitally important to the indigenous people, these revered animals roamed freely across the Great Plains. While bison now are far fewer in number, they are still considered a majestic animal that's symbolic of the West. Most buffalo now live on ranches or in animal preserves. Buffalo are large animals that can weigh over a ton and stand…

Animal Corner – The Peacock

[caption id="attachment_1029" align="alignleft" width="300"] Photo Credit: Wouter Beckers[/caption] Few animals are as distinct as the peafowl, also known as the peacock. There are two Asiatic and one African species of peafowl. Having brightly colored plumage and long beautiful trains, peacocks are usually a favorite at our park. Did you know that only the males have colorful feathers? The female are grey or brown, but the males have vivid colors which…

Animal Corner – The Watusi

Originally coming from Africa, the Watusi, or Ankole-Watusi as it is officially called, is a mid-sized cattle breed. Traditionally the Watusi was very important to the people of Africa, even being used as currency and called the "cattle of Kings" in the past.  They have a distinctive look with large, long horns that can grow up to 8 feet from tip-to-tip. These horns act as both protection and a means…

Animal Corner – The Jacob Sheep

Sheep have been kept by humans for thousands of years for a range of reasons, from fleece to a food source. And while there are a variety of sheep species, one of the oldest known is the Jacob Sheep. This small breed dates all the way back to Syria nearly 3,000 years ago. There is some debate as to the origins of the Jacob, but many feel they come from…

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-Winter care for pets

Winter’s a rough season for us , but imagine how hard it can be on our pets? Pets that spend most of their time outdoors need special attention during the colder months. At the park we have to take special measures as well, so we thought we’d share some winter care ideas for you and your animal family member. One of the top things you can do is to provide…