Beardsley Zoo – Connecticut




  Mexican Gray Wolf (Canis lupus baileyi) (also known as “El lobo” in Spanish) – North America, Mexico. The Mexican Gray Wolf is a smaller subspecies of the gray wolf. They have rounded ears instead of pointed ears, long legs enabling them to run fast and a sleek body.


  Mexico Gray Wolf Is a very social mammal,  living in a pack with a dominant pair and run with a strict dominant hierarchies.


  Mexican Gray Wolf announce their presence by howling that can be heard for up to 5 miles.


  Barred Owl (Strix varia) – North America, mostly
east of the Rockies and the Central Plateau of Mexico to Veracruz.




  Red Wolf (Canis rufus) – Florida, North Carolina, Washington, Arctic,  Australia, North Africa, and Europe.  The Red Wolf mates for life.  Their coat is mixed with gray and black with red highlights.  They have white on the underside.  The tail is bushy.  The ears have black on the back-side.  Dens are used for shelter and bringing up their pups.  The pups are looked after by both parents.  When the pups are a few weeks old, they will leave the den at night for awhile.




  Maned Wolf (chrysocyon brachyurus) – South America, Brazil, Bolivia,Paraguay, Uruguay and Northern Argentina.  This Wolf is sometimes called the “FOX ON STILTS” because of it’s fox-like manner.They have long, seven inch ears, black-stockings, long reddish soft fur and a black area over the shoulders.  The Maned Wolf is usually nocturnal.   Some believed they had magical properties in their parts.



Gray Fox (Urocyon cinereoargenteus) – North America and northernmost mountains of South America.  The Gray Fox is also referred to as The Tree Fox “.  This fox climbs trees with ease, often  jumping from branch to branch.  They usually use a den that has already been dug underground or in a hollow log.  The Gray Fox are not seen as often as the Red Fox usually being more nocturnal as a habit.




Dromedary Camel (Camelus dromedarius) – North and East Africa, West and South Asia in desert.  The Dromedary Camel has nostrils that moisten and cool the air it breathes.  They have a split, prehensile upper lip for browsing on thorny plants and vegetation.  This one-humped camel stores fat in the hump, rather than the water storage myth.




White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus) – Southern Canada, United States and South America.  The under-side of the tail is completely white.  Only the males have antlers.  When fleeing danger, they bound swiftly away with their tail raised, the tail acting as a “white flag”.






Guinea Hog (Sus scrofa) – Originally from West Africa.  Now in Europe and the United States.    The Guinea Hog is also known as pineywoods hog or Acorn eater.  Adults can weight 100 to 300 lbs.

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  Ocelot (Leopardus pardalis) – United States: Arizona, Texas, Mexico,Central and South America to  Argentina.  The Ocelot has both stripes and spots and the patterns vary in each cat.  They are tree climbers.  Ocelot usually hunt at night.  Their body length is about four feet and their tail measures around 12 inches.



Chacoan Peccary (Catagonus wagneri) – Southwest United States to South America in desert and tropical forest.  The Peccaries have a barrel-shaped body with slim legs.  The Chacoan Peccary is the largest of the three peccary species.  The snout is used to roll cacti on the ground, rubbing the spikes off to make it easier to eat, among other things.    

  American Bison  (Bison bison) – United States and Canada.  The Bison has a dark brown coat with long shaggy fur on the shoulders, head,neck and front legs.  They have a hump on the back that is a golden brown color.  Both the male and female have horns which point upwards.  There is a beard on their chin.



Eastern Box Turtle (Terrapene Carolina carolina) – The males have red eyes and the females have yellow-brown eyes.

  Pygmy Marmoset (Cebuella pygmaea) – Upper Amazon Basin in the tropical forest.  This small monkey is only 5 inches tall with a 6 inch tail.  This is one of the smallest monkeys.  It dwells in the trees mostly and usually moves slowly.
Pronghorn (Antilocapra Americana) – United States, Canada, and Western Mexico. Pronghorn are the fastest land animal in North America, reaching 50 miles per hour. They seem to turn on a dime with rapid movements.The male and female have horns that grow directly above their eyes.These horns are true horns rather than antlers. Once a year the covering of these horns are shed instead of the horns themselves being shed. The legs are long and thin. They are only found in the arid plains of the American West.
  Common Iguana (Iguana iguana) – South America.  This green Iguana is the largest South American Lizard.  It can climb trees in a flash,  take sun baths on tree branches over handing the water, and drop down into the water for a good swim.  They can also run on land at a good speed.  There is a comb-like crest that runs down the Iguana’s back.  The dewlap, a piece of skin hanging down under the throat that can be extended, is used in courting or to scare enemies away.  When breeding, the males sometimes have orange on their legs and crest.
  Cotswold Sheep originally were from England.  They are known for the long coil-like Fleece.  They do not shed.  These babies were running and jumping around having a great time.



American Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) – North America and parts of Mexico.  In 1782 the Bald Eagle was chosen as the national bird of the United States.  The adult bald eagle has the white head and white tail that makes identification easy.  The immature bald eagle, however, is mostly brown and doesn’t get their white head and tail feathers until they are around four years old.  The nests of the Bald Eagle is huge, made up of sticks in a tall tree or high cliff.  The Bald Eagle mates for life, usually returning to the same nest year after year, adding to the nest with sticks and twigs.  The massive yellow hooked beak is powerful.  The feet have long talons for gripping their prey.

  Dexter Cows were brought from Ireland and were ideal for smaller farms.
  San Clemente Goat came from Spain but were imported to the island of San Clemente in the 1500’s.



San Clemente Goat

  Two Fulvous Tree Ducks wondering what’s down there.  They have long legs for a duck and a high-pitched whistle.  They are found in North and South American, Africa and India.
  Common Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus) – Asia, China, Korea, Japan and introduced into Europe, North America and New Zealand.  So many colors are seen on the Pheasant: Golden yellow, a green head, red face,rust  and copper color on the upper body,  with a white band around the neck and black markings.
  Peacock, Common Peafowl ( Pavo cristatus) India, Sri Lanka.  The male Peacock has iridescent plumage with a magnificent train (about 150 long feathers) with lots of eye-spots decorating it.  The Peacocks actual tail is short and hidden under the train.  Both the male and female have a crest, the females being smaller.  The female Peacock is brown and green with a white underside.   When the male raises his train over his head, it is a wonderful display to see.




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