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N 22 B 4.5K C 58 E Sep 8, 2012 F Jan 26, 2013
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The Tree Pangolin or White-bellied Pangolin or Three-cusped Pangolin is the smallest of the scaly anteaters and it is native to Central Africa. They are very rare in zoos, due to fact that they will only eat a certain species of African ants. In fact, the San Diego Zoo is the only zoo in North and South America and Western Europe that has them. The Zoo worked out a special formula for feeding them and were then able to get them to eat it. They usually die in captivity after only about six months, but this one has been at the Zoo for six or seven years. More info here: www.sandiegozoo.org/animalbytes/t-pangolin.html.

Tags:   Tree Pangolin Manis tricuspis Scaly Anteater White-bellied Pangolin Three-cusped Pangolin Children's Zoo San Diego Zoo ABigFave SuperShot COTH COTH5

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He looks to me like he has a great personality, though. Cute, but you'd better not touch. Come to think of it, I wonder how they mate.

Tags:   Indian Crested Porcupiine Hystrix indica Children's Zoo San Diego Zoo

N 10 B 2.9K C 104 E Sep 8, 2012 F Sep 16, 2012
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If you thought that Meerkats couldn't get any more adorable, you would be wrong, unless you've seen them interact with humans with whom they have bonded. When I first walked by their enclosure, there were two of them cuddled in the lap of the keeper, like a couple of puppies. And when I came back, she was feeding them all sorts of interesting things. For desert, they got their favorite food: worms. They were big, fat, ugly, farm-raised Nightcrawlers and she spread them all around the enclosure in order to provide additional enrichment by their searching for them. Apparently, they've learned to watch her closely, like this one is doing, so that they can find them more easily. Or maybe they anticipate her dropping one right into their mouth, which is what she did from time to time.

The two Meerkats in the Children's Zoo are the ones that had to be separated from the rest of their mob and hand-raised, when they were young, due to parenting issues. Now, they are part of the Zoo's Animal Ambassador program.

Funny thing: Flickr's compression has caused the whiskers to turn green in places on my desktop monitor. They aren't that way on the image that I uploaded. They're OK on my Macbook Pro laptop, too.

Tags:   Meerkat Suricata suricatta Children's Zoo San Diego Zoo NGC TheGALAXY Sunrays+5

N 35 B 4.3K C 134 E Sep 8, 2012 F Sep 10, 2012
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No ear jokes, please. Akela is very sensitive about her ears. Besides, her hearing is so acute that she's heard them all, no matter where they were told. ;-)

This was the first time that I went to the Children's Zoo to take pictures, but it won't be the last. I went there because I wanted to shoot the Macaws that they keep in there, after seeing this image that my Flickr friend Myra shot while she was there, but they were off exhibit, so I'll have to go back again. While I was there, though, I found lots of other beautiful and interesting animals to shoot and I found out that it isn't just for children. And no, I didn't see any Cub Scouts following Akela.

Tags:   Akela Fennec Fox Fennec Vulpes zerda Children's Zoo San Diego Zoo COTH COTH5 SpecAnimal


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