Here's a zoologist at Rivebanks Zoo showing me and my Cub Scout Troop a real live baby Loggerhead.
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Here's Gator Grant at Riverbanks Zoo, talking about Koalas.
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An endangered animal cannot be hunted because there's not a lot of that animal around anymore. They are in danger of becoming extinct or no longer on the earth.You can see an endangered animal near you. The next several posts will focus on some of these rare creatures.
Many people like pandas because they look so cute and cuddly. I don't know why someone would even want to hunt a panda. Wild panda bears live in central China. A newborn panda looks like a bald hamster or a naked mole rat. It is very tiny at first. Most pandas have only 1 cub, but if they have 2 at a time, they will abandon one of them because they can only care for 1 at a time.
Diet: Pandas eat mostly bamboo-about 25 pounds a day, actually. But they will occasionally eat meat such as eggs or fish so they are classified as carnivores or meat eaters even though 99% of their diet is herbivore or plant eating. They also like honey just like other bears.
Relatives: the red panda, also from central China, is closely related to the giant panda. It is much smaller and looks more like a raccoon. For many years scientists believed that the giant panda was a part of the raccoon family. Now testing shows that they are really bears.
Where are they?: There are about 2000 giant pandas living in the wild in China and studies say that their numbers are growing. But there are 9 living here in the United States on loan from China. One baby panda born here at the San Diego Zoo in California also belongs to China. They are also at the National Zoo in Washington, DC; the Atlanta Zoo in Georgia. And two new pandas are located at the Memphis Zoo in Tennessee. And you can see Red Pandas at the Nashville Zoo in Tennessee also. I went with my family a few years ago to see Lun Lun and Yang Yang in Atlanta, Georgia. The zoo is located, by the way, in Grant Park. They were really cool! Here are some photos we took. See if you can guess which one is the panda and which one is my dad. If you live near one of these zoos with pandas, it is certainly worth the trip to go see them.
Monday, August 27, 2007
The name alligator is from the Spanish el lagarto ("the lizard"), the name the early Spanish explorers and settlers in Florida called the alligator. There are two living alligator species: the American Alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) and the Chinese Alligator (Alligator sinensis). An average American alligator's weight and length is 800 lbs. and 13 feet long. According to the Everglades National Park website, the largest alligator ever recorded in Florida was 17 feet 5 inches long (5.3 meters). The largest alligator ever recorded measured 19 feet 2 inches (5.8 meters) and was found on Marsh Island, Louisiana. Few of the giant specimens were weighed, but the larger ones could have exceeded a ton in weight. The Chinese Alligator is smaller, rarely exceeding 7 feet (2 meters) in length. An alligator's lifespan is usually estimated in the range of 50 years or more. Alligators are reptiles and lay eggs to have their babies.
Alligators live in freshwater lakes, rivers, and swamps. They occasionally live in brackish water. The only 2 countries in the world where alligators are found are the U.S. and China. American Alligators live in freshwater environments, such as ponds, marshes, wetlands, rivers, and swamps, as well as brackish environments. The Chinese alligator is endangered and lives only in the Yangtze River valley. There are only estimated to be a couple of dozen left in the wild. There are many more of these alligators in zoos around the world than in the wild.
How Alligators are different from Crocodiles:
While alligators are often confused with crocodiles, they are as different from one another as humans are from gorillas. Alligators mainly differ from crocodiles by having wider and shorter heads and in having the toes of the hind feet webbed not more than half way to the tips. Also, alligators preferring fresh water, while crocodiles can tolerate salt water due to specialized glands for filtering out salt. Also, crocodiles tend to be more dangerous to humans than alligators. Alligators have U-shaped heads, while crocodiles are V-shaped. Crocodiles have a longer narrower snout, with eyes further forward. Only the upper teeth are visible when an alligator's mouth is closed, while a crocodile's mouth will reveal both upper and lower teeth. Crocodiles' jaws are more narrow and are used to tear and grip on prey, while alligators' jaws are meant to crush bones.
Sunday, August 26, 2007
Here at Gator Grant's, we talk about animals. I will publish articles, pictures, and videos about animals from around the world. I am nine years old and planning to one day be a zoologist like Steve Erwin. I hope you find the information on this site helpful. Thanks for visiting.