Pit Stop: The San Antonio Zoo!

 

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Danny, Linda, Michael, Felicia & Daniel

Yep, we had a pit stop today and it was a lot of fun! We went to the San Antonio Zoo. It wasn’t as good as the Zoo in Cincinnati, Ohio. But as much fun as we had here, we are eager to go to the Cincinnati Zoo. Don’t worry, we’ll share the pictures of that pit stop too. Until then, check out what we saw at the Zoo in San Antonio, Texas.

bird01Here’s a bird, not sure what kind it was though. There was an aviary we could walk through and this bird was there on the fence looking over at us.

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An amazing bird, standing about four and a half feet tall with a wingspan of over seven feet wide and only weighing a little over ten pounds is the Secretary Bird. When we first saw it, the first thing that came to mind was an Egyptian statue of a half bird, half man. The reason for such long legs is to help the secretary bird hunt for its prey, snake. They swoop down, land near the snake and stomp on em with their long legs. Goodbye Snake! If only we could kill snakes that easy.

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This one wasn’t laughing when we were there. But this is the laughing hyena. It looks like a stuffed animal, so fake and unreal looking, huh?

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The Pink Flamingo. The Pink Flamingo can weigh up to seven or eight pounds with a height of four to five feet tall. Yes, we did see a couple in this particular flock that looked about four or five feet tall. They were much taller than the others. Do you know why these Flamingos are so pink? The shrimp and algae they eat give them their pink pigment. Their color is so pretty.

honeybearsunbearHere’s a wakeup call for everyone who thought the original “Winnie the Pooh Bear” was a golden light brown color. The Sun Bear, also known as the Honey Bear is not a violent bear. He’s the bear who’s always trying to take the honey from the bees’ nest. Bees, beehive and honey are important parts of the Sun Bears’ diet. Almost five feet tall, weighing nearly one-hundred and forty-five pounds, the Sun Bear’s long, curvy, pointed claws and almost one foot long tongue help during their honey hunt. He looks similar to a dog in the face.

tiger2There was a cute Leopard there.
While the Leopard is the smallest of the four big cats, it can run to speeds up to 36 mph.
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Some more flamingos in another exhibit.
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porcupineA Porcupine and Two Porcupines sleeping together. The picture on the left looks like a hamster or guinea pig in the face. Porcupines normally have soft fur but their body is also covered with 1,000 quills, (each 30 centimeters long) that shoot at their predators when they feel threatened. Did you know each quills that they lose another one grows back in its place? Neat, huh?
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rhino A Rhinoceros. Did you know, on the black market, a Rhino’s horn is worth just as much as gold? Sad but true. Rhinos poached in Africa and Southern Asia for their horns.
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lionA Lion. Ever wondered why male lions have manes? It has been scientifically tested that the size, color and thickness of a lions mane reveals his strength and age. and even health. Lions who are old have thinner manes. Lions who are sick have very little to no mane at all. Interesting, huh?
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cheetaThe Cheetah, with the ability to run up to 75mph can accelerate from 0-60 in as little as three seconds That is four times the acceleration of humans. Did you know the Cheetah can weigh up to 160lb!
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kangarooKangaroos, when standing up tall, are nearly six feet in height. Not only is that amazing, but they can jump as far as 30 feet in one stride! Not to mention, they can travel up to 30mph. There may be mobs in New York, but in Australia they call the Kangaroo herds ‘mobs’. These “Aussie” mobs are typically of about 50 or more. Newborn baby Kangaroos are called “Joeys” and are born only being one inch long! Pretty amazing, I’d say! No wonder they can fit in their Momma’s belly pouch.

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There were lots of different Alligators and Crocodiles.
The bottom one has a very interesting looking snout, doesn’t it?
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We got to see the official made in San Antonio TWO HEADED TURTLE!
Man-made engineering at its best.
At least they’re honest and tell us they made it here in San Antonio, Texas!
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Even though there were many more pictures, we can’t show them all to you.
Here is a video of the Hippos being fed:

We had a pit stop today and it was a lot of fun! We went to the San Antonio Zoo. Here is a video of the Zoo Keepers feeding the Hippos.

The Zoo Keepers place a colored shape in front of the glass. If the Hippos place their head directly in front of the colored shape, they get a treat and you can see the Hippos open their enormous mouth to catch the apple pieces. As you can see in the video, there are fish in the same tank as the Hippos. They all get along together. The fish will eat stuff from the Hippos teeth and skin and the Hippos do not eat the fish.

These two Hippos are mail and female. The male is in the window to the far left and the female is in the middle and right windows. They are both the same age, 39 years old. The female is on birth control because it is so hard to find homes for the baby Hippos.

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