Tag: wild animal safari

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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,…

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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…

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 – Black Bears

[caption id="attachment_1138" align="alignleft" width="170"] Black bear in Yellowstone[/caption] Fun fact - Black bears are the most common bear in America. In spite of their names, they can also be brown, blue or grey and even cinnamon. These guys can be found in nearly any forested area but also live in mountains and swamps.Black bears mostly eat berries, grasses and roots, but they are omnivores so they also eat fish and…

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 – Animal Adaptations

Winter is upon us and most of the nation has already had its first taste of frost, freezing rain or snow.  It is easy for us to avoid the cold by heading inside and turning up the heat. Animals, however, have to adapt to the environment around them. Animals have special adaptations, these are special traits or behaviors that animals use to deal with type of environment they live in.…

Animal Corner – The Yak

[caption id="attachment_2603" align="alignleft" width="264"] Domestic Yak in Tibet[/caption] Yaks are an important animal to the indigenous people of Tibet and the Himalayan area. Found in the Himalayan area and parts of Central Asia,  Wild Yaks are very large and they can weigh over 2,000 pounds and stretch up to 11 feet from head to rear. The males are larger than their female counterparts. Domestic Yaks are smaller and usually top…

Animal Corner – The Serval

[caption id="attachment_2531" align="alignleft" width="181"] Serval in S.Africa[/caption] Cats are always one of the most popular animals at our park! Strong and beautiful, these imposing animals remind us of our own house cats through their movements and actions. Servals may be smaller than tigers and lions, but they just as interesting. These powerful felines hail from the sub-Saharan area of Africa and are known for their speed and agility. A full…

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…