Did you know that Shetland ponies originated in the Shetland Isles, which is south of Scotland? Although often used today to give rides and have as pets, Shetland ponies used to pull carts and other types of work. Standing up to 46 inches at the withers, there is a lot of power packed into their small frames!
Shetland ponies are tough, smart and known to be brave and have an even temperament. While they used to be working horses, today they are primarily prized for their beauty. There are Shetland horse show circuits and official Shetland Pony clubs for pure bred horses that show the hallmark characteristics of the breed.
In keeping with our overview of miniature animals, this week we’ll learn about the miniature Sicilian Donkey. Standing about 36 tall at the most, this miniature can weigh between 200 to 300 pounds. Often kept as pets, this special breed is known as the most affectionate equines out there
Miniature Sicilians make great pets and can even act as pack animals if you are careful on the weight you have them carry. Miniature Sicilian donkeys come in a few color variations, with the most common being gray or chocolate in color. They tend to be hardy animals and can live up to 30 years.
What comes to mind when you think of a peacock? You likely think about the brightly colored and decorative plumage of the male peafowl. There are two Asiatic and one African species of peafowl. Only the males get the colorful feathers, the females are generally grey or brown.
Peacocks have a long train of feathers in bright, iridescent colors. They can display them or let them trail behind them, depending on if they are seeking attention from females. We have peafowl walking around for you to see and if you’re lucky, you can see the brightly colored peacock show off a bit!
You know how some animals hibernate to survive the cold winter months? Imagine an animal that actually freezes during the winter, and then thaws out in the spring completely alive and healthy. This is what the wood frogs in Alaska do, and as far-fetched as their survival method may sound, it happens every year like clockwork!
Before winter comes in Alaska, the wood frogs store glucose in their livers. As soon as the frogs’ feet start to freeze, their livers release glucose into their blood. The glucose then acts as a sort of antifreeze that keeps them from freezing to death. Up to 45% of the frogs’ bodies freeze. Once they thaw in the spring, their heartbeats and breathing rates resume as normal, and they jump around as if they didn’t just awake from being a block of ice. Isn’t it amazing how animals can adapt to survive during harsh, cold winters?
Have you wondered how animals survive in the harsh environments, like in the Arctic? Today we’re going to talk about the Arctic wolf, who has adapted to live in one of the harshest climates on earth. The Arctic wolf lives in the Arctic Circle where it is freezing or below freezing all of the time.
How do they do it? They put on a special winter coat and have other special adaptations that allow them to live in the cold. They also have shorter legs, shorter muzzles and have fur in special places, like in between the pads on their paws. Come see our resident Arctic wolf the next time you’re in the area!
In our latest animal video, Keeper Jasmine introduces us to the Servals! They are big cats from Africa with the longest legs of any cat species. However, as you’ll see when Keeper Jasmine pets them, these big cats love being petted and they soak up attention just as any typical house cat would.
Meet Elvis and Sassy, the lions! In this funny video, they are enjoying a nice little lunch. Elvis, however, acts like it’s almost time for his afternoon nap! Have you driven through the park and seen our lions yet? They are “roaring” to meet you!
In our newest video, Keeper Kylie drives us through the park, and these zebras act as our slobbery, wonderful welcoming committee! You and your family can get as up close as we did with these animals just by taking our drive-thru. As you can tell, it’s a blast!
WildMike : September 15, 2014 10:40 am : Blog Post
Austrialian Camel Cr: JJron
Did you know that camels do not really store water in their humps? Did you know that there are two types of camels, but there used to be more? Camels are animals that inspire a lot of myth since they are so uncommon! Here at the park we have Dromedary camel, which have one hump. Their relatives. the Bactrian camels have two humps!
The humps of a camel are actually fat! This fat gives them energy but since it is isolated in their hump, it doesn’t raise their body temperature! Dromedary camels can weigh up to 1,500 pounds and can actually run at about 25 mph. They have been used as pack animals in the deserts because they are very strong and hardy. They are full of adaptations that allow them to survive the extreme weather of their native homelands of North Africa, the Middle East and parts of Asia.