KOOKABURRA

Dacelo novaeguineae

Class: Bird (Aves)
Order: Coraciiformes
Kookaburra are like wolfs by talking but they don’t howl they laugh!  They are also are called the giant kingfisher or the laughing kookaburra.  They eat Snakes, lizards, insects, crabs, eggs, nestlings.  Their size is 16 to 18 inches and they weight 3/4 pound and the bill is 2.5 inches long.  They live in Australia and in Open forests, arid areas, parks, gardens.  When they lay eggs  whole family helps like brothers and sisters! They have 6-7 eggs. They are Least Concern.

CAPYBARA

Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris
Class: Mammal (Mammalia)
Order: Rodentia
Family: Caviidae
Capybara’s are reddish brown, gray or yellowish brown in color.  They are approximately 21 inches high and 4 feet long.  They have short stubby legs and walk on their toes.  They have no tail.  They are the world’s largest rodent.  Their closest relative is the guinea pig.
They like to swim in the water and that is where they go if they have an enemy near such as a cougar or jaguar.  They eat aquatic plants, grass, cereal, fruit, melons in the wild and alfalfa hay, Guinea Pig Chow, apples, vitamin supplement, bread in the zoo.  They live in herds of 50-100 and because of this, in the zoo they must have a friend or they get sad.
They are considered least concerned and are not at risk of being extinct or gone.  They live in South America.
Source:  Cleveland Zoo

CHEETAH

Acinonyx jubatus

Class: Mammal (Mammalia)

Order: Carnivora

Cheetah’s have long legs to run fast.  Cheetah can run 68 mph.  Thats faster then you! They live in Africa, Iran, parts of Pakistan and Afghanistan. They eat gazelles, impalas, wildebeest calves, and hares in the wild, in the zoo they eat bones, horsemeat/chick/rabbit.  Female cheetahs do not defend a territory (or a home) but they do watch the cub.

They are vulnerable. Cheetah sometimes have 1 to 8 cubs, but usually 3 to 5 cubs.  At 5 months they begin chasing small mammals.

Source: Cleveland zoo

BEAR, NORTH AMERICAN BLACK

Ursus americanus

Class: Mammal (Mammalia)

Order: Carnivora
The North American Black bear lives across Alaska and Canada down to Mexico and Florida.  They are jet black, gray, brown, and blonde.  They are 4 to 7 feet long. They are Omnivorous.  They eat high-energy food, including fish, amphibians, small mammals, insects, plants, fruits, etc and in the zoo the North American black bear eats dog food, fruits, and vegetables.
        They have 2 cubs range is 1-5 cubs.  There strong curved claws helps them climb trees easily.  This bear is know as the Kermode bear or the “ghost bear” of the Pacific Northwest is one of a “blonde” (white) color phase.  They lives in a cave or den.  In a fight they will use teeth and claws.

PANDA, RED

Ailurus fulgens fulgens

 

Class: Mammal (Mammalia)
Order: Carnivora
Although the red panda is called a panda it looks more like a raccoon.  The red panda is red and black on the bottom.  It is about 22-24 inches long with a 14-18 inch long tail.  It weighs about 6 to 13 pounds.  Red Panda’s grunt, growl, and squeal to communicate.
They live in forests.  They eat mainly bamboo shoots, blossoms, berries, nuts, and seeds.  Sometimes it will eat birds, eggs, and rodents.  They live about 12 years in the wild and 8-17 years in captivity.  The red panda is currently a vulnerable animal, that means it is not endangered but is close.
Source:  Cleveland Zoo
To see a cute video of two young Red Panda’s check out this link from the Cleveland Zoo!
Red Panda’s at Cleveland Zoo

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Red Panda – Cleveland Zoo – Taken by Mom

Red Panda - Cleveland Zoo - Taken by Mom

Red Panda – Cleveland Zoo – Taken by Mom

Red Panda - Cleveland Zoo - Taken by Mom

Red Panda – Cleveland Zoo – Taken by Mom

EMU

Dromaius novaehollandiae

Classification

Class: Bird (Aves)
Order: Casuariiformes
Emu’s are the second biggest birds in the world.  Being 5 to 6 feet tall, 7 feet long they can weigh 120 lbs.  They are black and are bright blue on the sides of the head and neck They are least concern.
They eat Seeds, fruits, flowers, young shoots, some insects. They live in Australia.The family they come from is called ratite. They can not fly.   Eggs hatch around eight weeks.
Source:  Cleveland Zoo and Wikipedia
Picture used by permission from:  Tony Citrhyn 3 Feathers Emu Ranch  www.threefeathersemus.com

Baby Emus Picture used by permission from: Tony Citrhyn
3 Feathers Emu Ranch www.threefeathersemus.com

BEAVER, CANADIAN

Castor canadensis

 

Class: Mammal (Mammalia)
Order: Rodentia
A beaver is a big rodent that is black, brown, yellow or reddish brown.  There tail is 9 x 4 inches.  They are rather awkward on land but are good swimmers.  There homes are called dams.
       They are              They eat bark, leaves, twigs and roots of Willow, Aspen, Poplar trees and aquatic plants, especially water lily shoots.  Beavers mate in January and February with birth coming between April and June. They have 2-4 at a time.
Source:  Cleveland Zoo
Canadian Beaver - taken by mom - Naples Zoo, Florida

Canadian Beaver – taken by mom – Naples Zoo, Florida

Canadian Beaver - taken by mom - Naples Zoo, Florida

Canadian Beaver – taken by mom – Naples Zoo, Florida

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Canadian Beaver – taken by mom – Naples Zoo, Florida

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Canadian Beaver – taken by mom – Naples Zoo, Florida

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Canadian Beaver – taken by mom – Naples Zoo, Florida

Canadian Beaver - taken by mom - Naples Zoo, Florida

Canadian Beaver – taken by mom – Naples Zoo, Florida

Canadian Beaver - taken by mom - Naples Zoo, Florida

Canadian Beaver – taken by mom – Naples Zoo, Florida

BEAR, MALAYAN SUN

Helarctos malayanus

Class: Mammal (Mammalia)
Order: Carnivora
The Malayan Sun Bear is also known as the dog bear.  The sun bear can weigh 60 to 145 pounds.  They are deep black or brown-black.  They are the smallest bear.  They eat bugs and parts of coconut palm.
They have 1 or 2 babies any time. Sun bears do not hibernate.  They are nocturnal.  Sun bears are shy.  They live up to 25 years in the wild and 30 years in a zoo.
Source: Cleveland Zoo
Sun Bear - Cleveland Zoo - Taken by Mom

Sun Bear – Cleveland Zoo – Taken by Mom

Sun Bear - Cleveland Zoo - Taken by Mom

Sun Bear – Cleveland Zoo – Taken by Mom

Sun Bear - Cleveland Zoo - Taken by Mom

Sun Bear – Cleveland Zoo – Taken by Mom

Shark, Nurse

Ginglymostoma cirratum

Class: Fish (Pisces)
Order: Orectolobiformes
Family: Ginglymostomatidae
The Nurse Shark is tan to dark brown.  It can be between 7-1/2 feet to 9 feet long.  It weighs between 167 – 233 pounds.  Girls are larger than boys.  No one knows how long they live in the wild, but they become an adult between 15-20 years old.
They live in tropical coastal waters on both sides of North America.  They are nocturnal, or awake at night.  During the day, they rest in crevices between rocks or in caves.  At night, they hunt closer to the surface.
They eat smaller fish, clams, squid and sometimes coral.  They live together in groups of up to 40 sharks.  Because of their strong fins, they can often crawl along the sea floor.
Nurse sharks have offspring every other year and have around 30-40 pups.
Nurse sharks return to the same place to sleep during the daytime.
Source:  Cleveland Zoo


This photo of Moby Dick Tours is courtesy of TripAdvisor used by permission by Mark Button

Nurse Shark - Photo used by Permission from Brandon Cole of Marine Photography

Nurse Shark – Photo used by Permission from Brandon Cole of Marine Photography   http://www.brandoncole.com

 

Wolf, Mexican Gray

Canis lupus baileyi

Class: Mammal (Mammalia)
Order: Carnivora

The Mexican Gray Wolves looks similar to a husky dog and is about the same size.  Their fur is red, gray, black, and white.  They weigh about 50-90 pounds.  They eat elk, deer, and other small mammals.  They live in forests and grasslands in New Mexico and Mexico.

They howl to communicate to each other and they will live in packs.  Both males and females help to raise the young.  The babies are called pups.  They are blind and deaf when they are born and weigh about 1 pound.  The mothers have between 1 and 11 pups at a time but they average around 6 pups.  They drink milk until their teeth come in and then they start to eat meat at 15 days old.  They can live up to 13 years old in the wild or 16 years in the zoo.

The Mexican Gray Wolf is currently an endangered species.  They used to be almost extinct but the conservations bred wolves and reintroduced more wolves into the wild.

Source:  Cleveland Zoo

 

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Mexican Gray Wolf – Cleveland Zoo – Picture taken by Mom

Picture taken by:  Mom

Mexican Gray Wolf – Cleveland Zoo – Picture taken by Mom

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Mexican Gray Wolf – Cleveland Zoo – Picture taken by Mom

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