Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Zoo Trip!

As you saw from the butterfly post, I recently went to the Zoo! My camera has been acting up quite a bit lately, so I took all of the Zoo photos on my phone. However, I still think that they turned out really well! So here's some more of the photos from that excursion.

Gibbons are amazing primates. I personally like them because of the sound they make! It sounds like they're on a roller coaster! They typically live in tropical fruit trees, ranging from Northeastern India to Southern China. Gibbons are extremely graceful when swinging through trees, and are especially fond of eating figs. The Gibbon in this photo was staring at a brightly colored small child who was on the verge of a temper tantrum. 

Snow Leopard
These amazing felines come from the mountains in Central Asia, where their snowy, gray fur allows them to blend in with the rocks as well as the snow. Because their fur is so thick and beautiful, they're often killed so that their pelts can be sold. As a result of this, and several other reasons, Snow Leopards are an endangered species.

Aldabra Tortoise
This slow moving friend is my mother's favorite animal at our Zoo. This variety of Tortoise can be solitary, or in a group. They typically prefer grasslands and swamps on their Islands of Aldabra Atoll. It is said that they're extremely easy to hunt/catch in the wild because they have no fear of humans, which is why their populations are considered "Vulnerable". No one is really sure how long they'll live on average, because they've outlived the scientists studying them in the past.

This Meerkat is acting as a lookout for his community, watching for birds and airplanes to warn his family, who are down below. Meerkat communities are often made up of several smaller families that work together to complete all tasks, like hunting for insects and small lizards. Occasionally, people have trained them for use as small-rodent catchers. 

African Crested Porcupine
As you may have guessed, these guys are from Africa. Their quills vary in length and and thickness depending on their location and age (new quills grow in like hair - gradually over time). Despite popular belief, Porcupines cannot "throw" or "shoot" their quills when threatened. They typically will spread their quills and walk backwards, swinging their tails, hitting their attacker(s). 

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