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Animal Corner – Sulcata Tortoise

The Sulcata Tortoise is indigenous to areas in northern Africa, which is why it is also sometimes called African Spurred Tortoises. These are the third-largest species of tortoise in the world, able to grow up to 200 pounds! This is pretty amazing considering they start out life as hatchlings that are just about three inches in size! This animal is an herbivore and basically consists of various plants and grasses.…

Animal Corner – Helping animals through the winter

[caption id="attachment_6102" align="alignleft" width="200"] Credit: Dan[/caption] The winter is tough on animals. They have to find ways to survive with little food and limited access to shelters.  You can do your part to help wildlife survive and make life a bit more comfortable for them, even if you live in an urban area. These are some simple steps you can take to give a helping hand to wildlife: - Provide…

Animal Corner – The Miniature Sicilian Donkey

Few things are more cute than a miniature donkey. They have large eyes and long ears and are covered with a soft cote. They are also super friendly and affectionate, making them even cuter!  The miniature Sicilian Donkey can grow up to around 36 inches tall and weigh between 200 to 300 pounds. Much like their larger counterparts, they are clever, a bit stubborn and very social. They are often…

Animal Corner – Coatimundi

[caption id="attachment_5767" align="alignleft" width="253"] Coatimundi in South America[/caption] The Coatimundi is a member of the raccoon family. They are native to tropical and subtropical areas in  South America and usually live in forests. Their diet consists of fruit,insects, small rodents and bird eggs.A full grown coatimundi can weigh up to about 15 pounds and can be up to 44 inches long from head to the tip of their tail. Female…

Animal Corner – The Vervet Monkey

[caption id="attachment_5754" align="alignleft" width="178"] Vervet Monkey - South Africa[/caption] Vervet monkeys are primates that come from southern Africa and some eastern countries. There are five subspecies of the Vervet, some of which have been introduced to areas of the United States, Cuba, Jamaica, Haiti and the Dominican Republic. They live in a wide range of environments, ranging from woodlands and coastal forests to mountainous areas. Vervets are social animals that…

Animal Corner – The Lechwe

[caption id="attachment_5550" align="alignleft" width="300"] Lechwe in the Delta[/caption] Lechwe are a type of antelope that are found in marshy areas around Botswana, Zambia, Congo and Namibia. They are typically brown with white underbellies. The males tend to be darker and larger, reaching up to 39 inches at the shoulder and weighting up to 260 pounds. The males also have long, spiral horns. Since lechwe live in marshy areas, they eat…

Animal Corner – Animal Adaptations

Change is in the air, and for people that means getting homes ready for colder weather and snow. Have you ever thought about what animals do to prepare for the winter? Here are some of the types of adaptations animals have to deal with the changing seasons. Extra fur - Some animals put on an extra fur to help protect them from the cold and wet conditions they might face…

Animal Corner – Père David’s Deer

[caption id="attachment_1855" align="alignleft" width="300"] Photo Credit: Airwolfhound[/caption] "Père" is the French word for "Father," which might seem an odd name for  a deer, but this species was actually first discovered in 1866 by Father Armand David, a French missionary in China. These animals have unusual feature including cow-like hooves, a camel-like neck, a donkey-like black tufted tail and the antlers of a deer. Other unusual features of this deer are…

Animal Corner – The Peacock

[caption id="attachment_5301" align="alignleft" width="300"] From Venezuela[/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 they display…

Animal Corner – The Scottish Highlander

[caption id="attachment_5306" align="alignleft" width="278"] Highlander in England[/caption] Hailing from the rough mountainous regions of Scottland is the Scottish Highlander. They have a signature orange coat that is very thick and shaggy. They also feature impressive horns and the males can weigh up to 1,800 pounds! Their extra thick coat and their willingness and ability to feed on sparse vegetation that other breeds find unacceptable, means they can live comfortably in…