American Alligator (Alligator mississipiensis) (sic) - Southeastern
American Wood Stork (Mycteria americana) sometimes called "wood Ibis"
has a black head, black bill and long legs. This stork stands about
42 inches. Florida to South Carolina.
Lions (Panthera leo) come from Africa, South of the Sahara and parts of
India. Several lions belong to a pride (group including female, male
and cubs ).
Spectacled Owl (Pulsatrix perspicillata) - Mexico and as far south as
North Argentina, Paraguay, and South Brazil. This is a large
owl about 18 inches tall. They have a face mask and a beautiful
tawny-colored chest and front. The feet have two toes in back and
two toes in front. The owl will roost in trees in the day and hunt
by night - especially on moonlit nights.
White-backed Vulture (Gyps africanus) - Sub-Saharan Africa. The lack
of feathers on their heads enables them to stay cleaner while
eating. African Vultures depend on their vision to locate food.
Red-legged Seriema (Cariama cristata) - Brazil, Paraguay, North Argentina,
East Bolivia. This bird is very fast and runs rather than flies to
Giraffes and Ostrich roams this area in peace.
Aldabra Tortoise (Geochelone gigantia) - Aldabra Atoll (North of
Madagascar). Aldabra Tortoises are about 4 feet long and can weight
as much as 550 pounds. They can live over 100 years. Despite
their massive size, these tortoises are good swimmers, being neutrally
Ring-tailed Lemur (Lemur Catta) - Southwest Madagascar. What a
beautiful tail. These tails are waved to warn approaching
rivals. The front teeth of the Lemur's bottom jaw stick out to form
a comb that they use for grooming. Unlike other Lemur, the
Ring-tailed Lemur spend most of their time on the ground.
African Lions (Panthera leo) - Sub-Saharan Africa, grassy plains of
Savanna, open woodlands and dense brush. The lions are the most
inactive of all the cats, resting 19 - 20 hours a day. They are
sociable cats living in prides.
Hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibious) - Sub-Saharan Africa round the Nile
River Delta and other water ways. They spend most of their day in
the water to keep cool. They feed at night on grasses when it's
cooler. Hippos usually stay submerged under water for 3 to 5
minutes. They can, however, hold their breath for up to 30
minutes. The FISH in the tank are African Cichlid from Eastern
Africa. There are over 10,000 Cichlid in this tank, over 1,000
different types of Cichlid in the world. These fish play an
important part in the ecosystem. They have been seen cleaning algae
from the body of Hippos and other animals that share their
The Asian Elephant on the right had just finished "dusting" so dirt is
all over her back.
American Alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) - Southeast United
States. Alligators are integral to their ecosystem creating wallows
known as "gator holes" that stay filled with water during times
of drought which provides a source of water for many other animals.
Treats for The Asian Elephants came in a bucket. The Elephants all
anticipated there snack with glee. Each trainer had an elephant to
treat. They tossed the healthy food over the barrier and they
elephants enjoyed the experience.
Jungle Music was playing and the elephants seemed to sway back and forth
to the music. The Elephant is such an intelligent
Dromedary Camel (Camelus dromedarius) - Northern Africa, Middle East,
Northern India and Central Australia. This camel has one hump on
their back. The humps are made of fatty tissue, not water, and serve
as an energy source when food is scarce. Camels can fluctuate their
body temperature throughout the day which allows them to conserve water by
not sweating as the environmental temperature rises.
This is a Serval, a spotted cat with stripes on it's head,
very large ears and the ability to spring leap in the air.
Serval (Felis serval) - Africa: Southwest Uganda and East Zaire they are
very common. They can leap as high as twelve feet. Catching birds in
the air seems to be one of their favorite
Cottentop Tamarin (Saquimus oedipus) -
Black-necked Stilts (Himantopus mexicanus) - Canadian border through parts
of the United States to South Brazil.
Scarlet Ibis (Eudocimus ruber) - North and South American on coast,
Venezuela to South Brazil. This shorebird has scarlet plumage like
no other. The long, slender curved bill is used for probing into
shallow water for food.
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