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.
Our cats are always one of the most popular animals here at the park. While lions and tigers get a lot of attention, we want to talk today about the serval! Servals are interesting cats, lean and built for speed and agility.These guys grow to about 24 inches at the shoulder and can be about 40 inches long!
You may be able to recognize servals by their slender faces,rounded ears and boldly spotted fur. Like all cats, they are hunters. Servals prefer to hunt in grasslands, such as the savannah in Africa. They each rats,mice and reptiles but they even eat insects and birds.
Even though you may not always see it, wolves and black bears do have a softer side than their reputation suggests. In our latest video, Keeper Jasmine shows us just how cute these animals can really be!
Vietnamese potbelly pigs belong to the same species as the pigs typically found on farms across America. These guys, however, have been bred to have certain characteristics. The average between 100 to 200 pounds and they stand just 16 to 20 inches tall. Native to Vietnam, these guys are have become popular as pets because they tend to be smart, easy to train and clean.
Like all pigs, they lack sweat glands and and need to find ways to stay cool in warm weather. They also like to eat, which, combined with their height, makes obesity a problem for the breed. If you’d like to see what a Vietnamese potbelly pic looks like in person just come visit us!
Ostriches are flightless birds native to Africa. They are unique animals, with their large size, extra long necks and unusual height and facial features. They are the largest species of bird living today and they also lay the largest eggs, which can weigh over 3 pounds each!
When threatened, the ostrich will either hide by laying close to the ground or running away. They also have very strong legs which let them not only run quickly, but kick and defend themselves. In captivity the Ostrich can live up to 60 years! Come see this special animal here at our park!
Bam Bam is our Hamadryas Baboon. As you may recall from an earlier blog, Hamadryas Baboons are also known as “the Sacred Baboon.” In our newest video, you can see Kylie feed Bam Bam some clovers and pet him. Watch it and then let us know if you’ve had the chance to visit Bam Bam yet!
The Siberian tiger, also called the Amur tiger, is a species of tiger indigenous to mountainous areas, primarily in Russia and surrounding areas. Known for their size, brilliant coat and beauty, this species has long fascinated man. Unfortunately, they are endangered and conservation efforts are in place to try and keep this magnificent animal from becoming extinct.
Male Siberian tigers can weigh around 600 pounds with females frequently weighing over 300 pounds. Like all tigers, Siberians are carnivores that hunt to sustain themselves. In the wild they hunt for boar and elk, but will settle for other types of prey as they are available. Currently more Siberians exist in captivity than in the wild. You can see this spectacular animal by visiting us here at Wild Animal Safari!