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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 – 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 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 – 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 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 – Ostrich

Ostriches look unlike any other animal you'll ever see. They are a bit awkward looking with their long legs, fluffy upper body,small heads, pointed beaks and large eyes. These unique guys come from Africa and are the largest bird species living today. Their eggs alone can weigh over three pounds each! To add to their uniqueness, they are flightless birds but they can actually run quite fast! The ostrich is…

Animal Corner – The Tegu Lizard

Lizards are interesting guys and Tegu is no exception. Coming from South American, the Tegu has a few variations in the species, separated mostly by their various colorations. Some types of Tegu are very popular as pets, such as the Black and Red varieties. One species, the Gold Tegu, comes from Panama and are also popular among pets due to their unique coloration. Tegus are omnivorous, eating plants, fruit, animals…

Animal Corner — Dromedary Camel

Dromeday Camels, like our park's very own Bo (pictured), have only one hump. They can be found in North Africa and Western Asia. While there are two-humped camels, known as Bactrian Camels, they are much rarer than one-humped Camels and are found in Central Asia. Both types of Camels are primarily found in hot climates like deserts, although those that live in cold climates fare well too.   You may…