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Animal Corner — Scottish Highlander

If you've driven through our park, then you may have noticed a bull with a thick, shaggy orange coat. He is our Scottish Highlander, which is a breed of cattle from Scotland that lives very close to the Arctic Circle. Their coat is so thick and strong so they can live comfortably in the very cold, sometimes mountainous areas where they live. Because many Scottish Highlanders live on snowy mountains,…

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…

Coatimundi

Animal Corner – Coatimundi

Coatimundi are members of raccoon family that come from tropical and subtropical areas in  South America. They usually live in forests where they search for fruit,insects, small rodents and bird eggs.They weigh up to about 15 pounds and can be up to 44 inches long from head to the tip of their tail. Coatimundi females live in groups called "bands" but the males are usually solitary. They can communicate through…

Shedding

Animal Corner – Shedding for the the Summer Heat

Right now, animals are shedding their fur for the summer. They shed their extra warm layer of fur to get ready for the summer season. Hormonal changes trigger the fur to fall off so the thin coat can help the animal stay cool during the hot summer weather. Since the fur sheds unevenly and not all at once, animals sometimes look sick and mangy as they undergo this process. Don't worry--this process is…

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 Bennett Wallaby

[caption id="attachment_2693" align="alignleft" width="175"] Credit: JJ Harrison[/caption] The Bennett's wallaby, also known as the red-necked wallaby, is a medium sized marsupial that comes from Australia and Tasmania. Interestingly, a few small colonies of Bennetts do live in other areas of the world, such as in Scotland and France. The Bennett can weigh up to 40 pounds and be up to 35 inches in body length, excluding the length of their…

Animal Corner – The Bobcat

[caption id="attachment_2689" align="alignleft" width="295"] Credit: DeBold[/caption] What is a Bobcat?  This is a common question as sometimes people confuse this member of the cat family with other species. The Bobcat, officially named the Lynx Rufus,is a cat that lives from Canada to Mexico. Resembling other members of the Lynx family, and with a wide variety of coat variations, the Bobcat can be a difficult animal to identify. They are also…

Animal Corner – Alpaca

[caption id="attachment_2619" align="alignleft" width="200"] Alpaca from Canada[/caption] Alpacas are members of the camel family, native to the mountainous areas of South America such as the Andes of southern Peru, northern Bolivia, Ecuador and northern Chile. They can stand up to 99 cm at the shoulder and weigh up to 180 pounds. They have thick, long hair which is prized for making clothing and other textiles. Alpaca no longer live in…

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…