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Emu

Animal Corner — Emus

Although the emu in the pic is just a baby, it will not be that small for long! When it comes to size, emus come in second to ostriches for the title of "Largest Bird in the World." Adult emus reach heights between five and six feet tall, and weigh between 90 and 130 pounds. This makes them the largest birds in their native Australia. Even though they come in…

Shedding

Animal Corner – Summer Shedding

It's that time of year when animals are shedding their fur. To prepare for summer, animals shed their extra warm layer of fur from the winter. This occurs largely due to hormonal changes triggered to reflect the season. The new thin coat helps the animal adapt to the higher temperatures. You can see the fur shedding when you visit any park or zoo, and this can sometimes be worrisome. Don't fret--this is a…

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 – Gopher Tortoise

Gopher Tortoises hail from North America and can be found in areas around Florida, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana and South Carolina. They are one of the oldest living species dating back 60 million years. They are considered an important species because they dig long burrows that eventually provide shelter for many other animals, like mice, foxes and skunks. The Gopher Tortoise can reach about 12 inches long and has a…

Animal Corner – Yak

[caption id="attachment_5750" align="alignleft" width="300"] Wild Yak in the Himalayas[/caption] The Yak is an interesting animal that is important to indigenous people of Tibet and the Himalayan area. Wild Yaks are very large and found throughout the Himalayan area of Central Asia. In the wild 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…

Animal Corner -Leopard Geckos

Leopard geckos were first described in 1854. They are native to grasslands and desert regions in south Asia, Afghanistan, Pakistan and parts of India and Iran. When they live in areas that get very cold, they can actually go into a form of hibernation by burrowing underground. An adult Leopard gecko can be up to 11 inches long and weigh up to 65 grams. They eat things like crickets, roaches,…

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 Red Kangaroo

[caption id="attachment_5298" align="alignleft" width="300"] Kangaroo in Alice Springs, AU[/caption] Marsupials are mammals that carry their young in a pouch. Most marsupials actually live in Australia, which is also where you'll find the Red Kangaroo. This variety of kangaroo is the largest marsupial in the world. They can stand up to around 5 feet tall with tails that extend much further. They have pointed ears,a square muzzle and are known to…

Animal Corner – Bison

[caption id="attachment_5309" align="alignleft" width="267"] Credit: Schmidt[/caption] Buffalo, also called Bison, used to number in the millions here in America. They used to roam freely across the Great Plains and were vitally important to the indigenous people, who revered these amazing animals. Now days bison are far fewer in number, but still considered a majestic animal that's symbolic of the West. Bison are heavyweight that can weigh over 2,000 pounds and…