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!
You might think that if you’ve seen one deer, you’ve seen them all! The Sika deer, however, is not your average deer. In fact, they are quite unique! Native to Japan and much of East Asia, the Sika is one of a few species that do not lose their spots as they mature! Those spots, along with their delicate appearing legs, are trademarks of this species!
Although now uncommon in much of Asia, the Sika are abundant in Japan. The males are larger than the females and can weigh up to 154 pounds, with some sub-species of Sika weighing even more! Their diet consists of plants, roots and other greenery. In areas where they are abundant, they have become accustomed to being fed by humans!
Known during ancient Egyptian times as the “Sacred Baboon,”Hamadryas Baboons are located in northern Africa. Their natural habitat consists of rocky areas, savannas and semi-deserts. Small birds and mammals, fruits, nuts and grasses are a major part of their omnivorous diet. They live in huge groups dictated by a complex four-level hierarchy. Their status within that hierarchy is determined by age and ability.
You can differentiate between males and females based on their fur. Males have a silver coat and they grow a long cape around their shoulders, whereas females have a brown coat and do not grow a cape. You can come see our male Hamadryas Baboon anytime you visit our walkabout in the park!
Wild Animal Safari now has its own YouTube channel! In our first video, Kylie –one of our keepers– introduces us to the kangaroos and the lemurs. Watch it and be sure to check back in a couple weeks for another cute and fun video!