Sunday, January 25, 2009

At the zoo

Yet another dreary day, so we decided to go to the zoo. Zoo Boise is a small zoo, doesn’t have as many animals as larger city zoos. But they seem to do a good job caring for the animals, and they participate in conservation programs, including the Species Survival Plans breeding program for threatened and endangered species.

They opened a new African Plains exhibit this past fall, which not only features animals, but provides information about the cultures of the people who live there. One part of the exhibit is a model of an East African village. There are more parts of this exhibit that will open later this year.

The frog above is from South America and has the ability to change skin color to match its surroundings.

This is an Amur Leopard whose natural habitat is in the Far East, in Russia and China. He/she was mellow, wandering about and watching squirrels that were scurrying through the trees in the enclosure.

I didn’t get the name of this bird, but I love the shades of colors.

I’ll be sharing more during the next few days.

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