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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…

Animal Corner -Leopard Geckos

This form of gecko was first found in 1954. They live in grasslands and desert areas, including places in south Asia, Afghanistan, Pakistan and areas within India and Iran. The Leopard gecko can actually go into a special type of hibernation when they are in areas that have very cold seasons. The Leopard gecko is large for a gecko, reaching up to 11 inches and 65 grams under good conditions.…

Animal Corner – Animal Adaptations

When the weather changes, people do a lot things to prepare. You might get your home ready for cold and snow and pull out the sweaters. But what do animals do to get ready for the harsh weather ahead? Animals have a lot of ways to deal with bad weather. Here are just a few examples of how animals adapt to deal with the changing seasons. Extra fur - Some…

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 – Kangaroos

[caption id="attachment_2502" align="alignleft" width="220"] Kangaroo in Australian outback[/caption] The largest marsupial in the world is the Red Kangaroo. Marsupials are mammals that carry their young in a pouch. Most marsupials actually live in Australia, which is also the home of the Red Kangaroo. This type of kangaroo can stand over 5 feet tall, has pointed ears and a square muzzle. Grass makes up to 95% of their diet and they…

Animal Corner — The Bachman’s Sparrow

  [caption id="attachment_2061" align="alignleft" width="300"] Photo Credit: nebirdsplus[/caption] Today we conclude our Endangered Animals Month with the Bachman's Sparrow! This little bird only reaches six inches in length. However, it does have a fairly large beak. Those found in Missouri are more reddish than the ones found in Tennessee, Oklahoma, Texas and Kentucky, which are darker and grayer. Food-wise, the Bachman's Sparrow feasts on the typical bird diet of insects…

Animal Corner — The Niangua Darter

[caption id="attachment_2055" align="alignleft" width="300"] Photo Credit: USFWS[/caption] This week's addition to Endangered Animals Month is the Niangua Darter! It is our sincerest hope that these blogs can bring awareness to animals you may not have known needed help. It is up to all of us to help keep these animals here on this Earth. It isn't as if these animals can ask for our help, so let's do our part…

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Animal Corner — Whooping Cranes

  [caption id="attachment_2054" align="alignleft" width="300"] Photo Credit: w4nd3rl0st (InspiredinDesMoines)[/caption] We continue Endangered Animals Month with the Whooping Crane! Once again, these blogs are our small part to bring awareness to animals that desperately need all our help. It is our duty to look out for our animal friends, especially the endangered ones! As for the Whooping Crane, they are the tallest in North America. They grow to just under five…

Animal Corner — The Ozark Big-Eared Bat

[caption id="attachment_2015" align="alignleft" width="189"] Photo Credit: Sherlockhemlock[/caption] This month, we are focusing on endangered animals in the United States. Although these species are low in numbers and at risk for extinction, we intend to do our small part to bring awareness to these animals that desperately need all our help! Today, we begin with the Ozark Big-Eared Bat! Some of the other names for this animal are the Long-Eared Bat,…