Tag: zoo animals

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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…

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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 – 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…

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 – The Oreo Cow

[caption id="attachment_2645" align="alignleft" width="300"] Credit: Schmidt[/caption] What does an Oreo cookie and a cow have in common? Other than the face that milk and cookies go well together, nothing! Well, unless you're talking about the Belted Galloway.  This cow is sometimes called the Oreo Cow due to their characteristic coloration, which is black with a white belt-like stripe down the center! While we aren't completely sure where this coloration came…

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…