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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.…

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Animal Corner – Alpacas

Alpacas belong to the camel family. They are native to the mountainous areas of South America such as the Andes of southern Peru, northern Bolivia, Ecuador and northern Chile. An Alpaca can reach up to 99 cm at the shoulder and weigh up to 180 pounds. They have thick, long hair which is considered to be of very high quality. Alpaca hair, called fiber, is prized for making clothing and…

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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 – 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 – 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 – 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 – 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 – The Red Brahma

The Red Brahma,which is also called the Brahman, originally came from India. In the early 1800's they came to the United States and are the result of breeding 4 different Indian Zebu breeds.The Brahman is one of the most popular cattle breeds around the world as they are very hardy and do well even under adverse conditions, even in tropical environments. Red Brahma have short, dense coats and a hump…

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,…