Black bears are the most common bear in America, in fact they are the most common bear species in the world! They enjoy a wide distribution across the country, primarily living in forested areas. Black bears are omnivores and their diet varies a lot depending upon the availability of food in their area.
A male will weigh between 126–551 pounds, with their weight changing significantly during times of hibernation. There is some debate on if black bears are true hibernators since they might get up during the hibernation period. No matter what you call it, black bears can put on up to 30 pounds of fat to prepare for the harsh winter! As always, we want to invite you to come by and see these beautiful creatures at our park.
Elk are sometimes called wapiti. This is a Native American word that means “light-colored” deer. While Elk are related to Deer, they are much larger, weighing between 325 to 1,100 lb! Male Elk are called bulls and they are the larger of the genders. A bull loses their antlers each March and grows them back for mating season, which is in late summer.
Elk used to live all across the country, but now they are generally only found in mountainous areas and protected areas. Some states have tried to reintroduce the Elk by locating small herds in special areas. If you’re interested in seeing an Elk in person, then you can always visit our park!
Seeing a Watusi’s horns in person is truly a breathtaking experience. These distinctive horns grow up to eight feet long, much longer than any human being! Not only do Watusis use their horns for protection against predators, but the blood that circulates through the horns’ honeycomb interior helps keep the animal cool in hot climates.
Another astonishing fact about Watusis is how long they have been around. There is evidence that these animals first showed up 4000 years B.C.. Curious about just how long ago that is? They existed even before the first pharaohs ruled over Egypt. You do not need a time machine to see these animals up close — you just need to stop by the park and drive through our safari!
A goat-antelope species might sound like something out of an animal Frankenstein movie, but this species actually exists in real life! Here at the park, we call them Aoudads. However, they are also known around the world as Barbary Sheep. Yes, this goat-antelope species is known as a sheep to some. We understand if this information still makes Aoudads sound like a science-fiction creature!
These wonderful animals are native to the northern regions of Africa. Unlike some species, both males and females have horns. Aoudads also have the ability to jump seven feet up in the air from a standing still position. If you’re lucky, then you might be able to witness an Aoudad’s extraordinary jump during your next park visit!
Macaws are any number of parrots that belong to the Psittacidae family. There are actually 6 versions of macaws, all different but sharing some similar characteristics. For instance, they have long tails, tend to be colorful and have large beaks. They also tend to have light-colored facial patches.
Macaws come in a variety of sizes, with the Hyacinth being the largest. Macaws eat a large variety of fruit, seeds, nuts and other things they can find when they forage. They tend to have colorful feathers and just like a fingerprint, their coloration patterns are unique to them. You can stop by and see our very own feathered friends anytime!
Seeing a rhinoceros in person is something you’re sure to remember! These guys, depending on the species, can weigh over 2 tons and be 11 feet long! There are five species of rhino, all of which are critically endangered.
Rhinos, as they are more popularly called, eat vegetation of all sorts. They also have poor vision, which some experts feel lead to their sometimes aggressive behavior. They are also surprisingly fast, being able to run over 30 miles per hour for short distances! Come by and see one of these impressive guys at our park!
Most people know little about the baboon, which is a shame because they are very interesting animals. There are 5 species of baboon, most of them like to live in the savanna or semi-arid habitats. Although, some do take to the forests. They live in large groups called troops and are very social. They are also quite large, with the males weighing up to 82 pounds!
One thing that may surprise you is how good of mothers female baboons are. They are very protective of their offspring and will carry them for weeks after birth. They generally only have one baby at a time. On occasion we’ve been lucky enough to have a baby baboon born at our parks!
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!
Zedonks are hybrids between a zebra and a donkey. Like most hybrids, the offspring are sterile. Generally a Zedonk has a zebra father and a donkey mother. The resulting animal is a blend of the two, often with thick necks and a coat that has at least some stripes, although they may be subtle.
Zedonks are usually similar to a donkey in terms of personalities. They are social animals and tend to be pretty curious. You might be surprised to know that they can live up to 20 years! These interesting guys are usually a favorite for people who visit us. Come on by and meet a Zedonk for yourself!
Mouflon Sheep are believed to be one of the two ancestors for each modern breed of domesticated sheep. All the males have horns that can grow up to 25 inches in length. These horns don’t have flared ends like most sheep’s horns do. Most females do not have horns, however some do. Their horns are much shorter than the male sheep’s horns.
Mouflon Sheep horns grow yearly and they last their entire lives. When the sheep are younger, their horns grow much more rapidly. Horn growth slows down once they reach their eighth year of age. You and your family can come see the Mouflon Sheep and their unique horns anytime in our park’s drive-through section!