Sunday, January 25, 2009
Zoo - too
Continuing our trip through the Boise zoo…
Kente cloth hangs in the schoolhouse in the African Plains exhibit. Kente originated in Ghana, and the patterns in the cloth, as well as the colors, have symbolic meanings. Love the colors and patterns...they seem like visual songs, images of rhythms.
Here’s a mama and baby Hornbill. The baby’s beak looks almost too large for its little body. I read that the first two neck vertebrae are fused together in Hornbills, and scientists think it is biological compensation that evolved over time to help the birds carry such a heavy beak.
Ring-tailed lemurs from Madagascar. I happened to catch them in a “lemur ball,” a typical behavior where several animals cuddle together. And here’s an interesting bit of info from Wikipedia:
“The males perform a unique scent marking behavior called spur marking and will participate in stink fights by impregnating their tail with their scent and wafting it at opponents.”
Sounds like a group of warring politicians…