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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,…

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 – 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 – 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 Alligator

[caption id="attachment_1394" align="alignleft" width="248"] Credit: Pandiyan[/caption] Early Spanish explorers were fascinated by alligators and called them giant lizards! These large, intimidating reptiles must have been an unusual site to see for the first time, since they can weigh up to 1000 pounds and be over 10 feet long! Now days we know just nearly everything about the alligator, but they remain very impressive animals! Typically, an alligator weighs between 700…

Animal Corner – The Bull Snake

What is nonvenomous but looks and sounds like a dangerous rattlesnake? The Bull Snake of course! This large constrictor looks like its dangerous look-alike and has even learned to hiss and impersonate the rattler in a clever bit of self-defense! This trick can ward off danger but it can also invite it as people sometimes kill Bull Snakes thinking they are their dangerous counterpart. Bull Snakes are constrictors, so they…

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 Vietnamese Potbelly Pig

Pigs are a common sight, living on nearly every farm across America. Would you be surprised the know that the same pig you're familiar with belongs to the same species as the Vietnamese Potbelly pig? It's true, the only difference is that they have been bred to have certain characteristics, giving them their trademark look. The average Potbelly is between 100 to 200 pounds and stands just 16 to 20…