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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.…

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 – 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 – 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 – 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 – The Vervet Monkey

[caption id="attachment_4699" align="alignleft" width="300"] Vervet & baby" by Charles JS Sharp[/caption] The Vervet monkey is an Old World monkey native to Africa. There are actually 5 different subspecies referred to as Vervet, some with very distinct looks. As part of conservation efforts, some Vervets have actually been introduced into places around the world, including here in America! Vervets are small monkeys that have black faces with a grey body and…

Animal Corner – The Alligator

[caption id="attachment_1394" align="alignleft" width="300"] Photo Credit: Pandiyan[/caption] Did you know that early Spanish explorers called alligators “the lizard?” These large and intimidating animals must have been quite a site to see for the first time! An American alligator can weigh up to 1000 pounds and be over 10 feet long! Add to that their armoured appearance and speed and you have yourself an impressive animal! The typical alligator weighs between…

The Animal Corner – The Bull Snake

The Bull Snake is a large non-venomous constrictor snake that is related to the gopher snake. They live throughout the central US along with northern Mexico and parts of Canada. This snake is sometimes confused with a rattlesnake due to its coloration. When threatened, the Bull Snake can actually mimic its dangerous look-alike to scare off predators. In reality the Bull Snake feeds off of rodents like mice, rats, pocket…