The fearsome Utahraptor, first found in Utah in case you didn’t know, resembles a large feathered Velocirpator, only much bigger. Roaming the Earth during the Early Cretaceous period around 125 million years ago, the Utahraptor could grow up to twenty-three feet long and six feet tall at the hip. It is believed this carnivore is one of the dinosaurs related, after much downsizing, to today’s birds. From an exhibit at the Brevard Zoo.
The Diabloceratops is a large herbivore dinosaur with an exquisitely detailed head shield and horns seen here on display at the Brevard Zoo. Note the newly hatched young runs running around the nest under their mother’s watchful eye. Found in Utah, this dinosaur lived during the Cretaceous period in a much wetter, more forested environment than exists in Utah today.
Okay, this will be the last Jaguar photo from the Brevard Zoo for the foreseeable future. The fun thing about the Jaguar exhibit is that the Jaguars can climb out of their ground level enclosure and go up onto an aptly named catwalk that passes high over the path taken by the Zoo visitors. A fact that often goes unnoticed by people until it is pointed out that a Jaguar is staring at them from overhead usually leading to some […]
One of the Jaguars on display at the Brevard Zoo. According to National Geographic, “These beautiful and powerful beasts were prominent in ancient Native American cultures. In some traditions the Jaguar God of the Night was the formidable lord of the underworld. The name jaguar is derived from the Native American word yaguar, which means ‘he who kills with one leap.’” A resident of the Americas, the Jaguar population is decreasing throughout its entire range.