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Animal Corner – The Axis Deer

The Chital, also known as the Axis deer,  are indigenous to regions in India, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bangladesh. This deer species is most prevalent in Indian forests, where they feed on tall grasses, branches, shrubs and even fruit that has fallen thanks to monkeys in the trees. Male Axis can weigh up to 165 pounds and stand up to 35 inches at the shoulder. Females can weigh up to…

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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 – Black Bears

Did you know that  in spite of their names, black bears can also be brown, blue or grey and even cinnamon? These are the most common bears in America, in fact, they can be found in nearly any forested area but also live in mountains and swamps. Black bears mostly eat berries, grasses and roots, but they are omnivores so they also eat fish and nearly anything they can find.…

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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 – 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 – Adaptations

Winter is upon us and most of the nation has already had its first taste of frost, freezing rain or snow.  While this is coat and sweater weather for us, how do animals make it through the harsh weather? Animals have special adaptations, these are special traits or behaviors that animals use to deal with the environment around them. These adaptations help animals deal with both cold and warm weather…

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…