Home to the southeastern United States, the Red Wolf is an anachronism in the modern age. Its survival these days is up to humans who, up to now, destroy its habitats and hunt it for sport. This Red Wolf at the Brevard Zoo did not seem too happy as it trotted endlessly around the borders of its spacious pen, pausing briefly to look around before starting off again. Maybe it is just unsure what to think when people are looking […]
The Red-crested Turaco is a native of Central Africa and looks like some kind of delicious confection. According to SeaWorld: Turacos are the only birds to possess true red and green color. When you look at most birds, the color you are seeing is a reflection produced by the feather structure. The turaco’s red pigment (turacin) and green pigment (turacoverdin) both contain copper. In fact, if you stirred a glass of water with a red turaco feather, the water would […]
A fenceless island is home to the Ring-tailed Lemurs at the Brevard Zoo. Since they can’t swim, the Lemurs, endangered in their Madagascar homeland, live a J.G. Ballard-esque sort of existence at the Zoo under perpetual observation from mobs of visitors passing close by on an elevated boardwalk with both sides being able to do nothing more than look at the other. For some this could be a problem but for others it seems to be no problem at all.
One of the highlights of a recent visit to the Brevard Zoo was seeing the Meerkats. These highly social natives of the deserts of the southern part of the African continent primarily eat insects but will chow down on plants and small animals given the circumstance or the opportunity. As part of the highly developed social nature of the clan, this Meerkat is acting as a sentinel for the others to warn of any danger that might approach. A social […]
A Diamondback Terrapin greeted visitors to the Indian River Lagoon Symposium held at Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute. The Terrapin was part of the Brevard Zoo exhibit and seemed a bit lonely as the sole occupant of the aquarium but became quite excited when anyone came close. A denizen of salty or brackish water, Terrapins are becoming rare to find due to habitat destruction and over harvesting. Defenders of Wildlife include road construction/road kill and drowning in crab traps as two […]
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