Central Park Zoo – New York

Central Park Zoo Manhattan, New York City

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Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) – Circumpolar across the arctic in North America, Greenland, Norway and Russia.  The Polar Bear’s nostrils close underwater, allowing the polar bear to hold it’s breath.  It has an advanced sense of smell.  The soles of the paws have hair on them to help them walk on snow and ice.  The front legs are shorter than the back legs, causing the back to slope forward.

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Snow Monkey (Macaca fuscata) – Kyushu, Skikoku and Islands of Japan. Interaction with other members of the group, called a troop, is very important to the Snow Monkey.  There is a ranking order, the alpha male and female leading the troop.

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Victoria Crowned-Pigeon (Goura victoria) – New Guinea.  Thebeautiful lacy crest is permanently raised over the head  This Pigeonis large, measuring about 30 inches.  At the end of the tail is a lighter blue section and on the side is a lighter blue wing bar. When threatened they will hold out their wings and wag their tail in defense.  The male and female look alike. 

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Green and Black Poison Dart Frog (Dendrobates auratus) – Central andSouth America.  They like dry areas, especially cocoa trees becauseof the large leaves that provide them places to hide.

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Panamanian Golden Frog (Atelopus varius zeteki) – Only in Panama,especially in El Cope National Park.  Like many colorful frogs, thePanamanian Golden Frog is poisonous.  The bright colors warn off predators known as “aposomatic coloration”.  They have long, strong, muscular hind legs used for leaping.

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Troupial (Icterus icterus) – Central and South America.  The Troupial or Turpial bird is the National bird of Venezuela.  They inhabit dry areas such aswoodlands and open savannahs.  They have a long tail and a bulky bill.  The head and upper breast is black, while the lower breast is a yellow-orange.  The wings are black with a white streak that runs down the length of the wing.  The eyes are yellow and surrounding each eye is a patch of bright blue naked skin.

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Nicobar Pigeon (Caloenas nicobarica) – From the Nicobar Islands (inthe Indian Ocean off Burma) through southeast Asia to Indonesia.This Pigeon flies from Island to Island in search of food.  They have elongated feathers at the neck with colorful feathers on the back. There is an upright wattle on the bill.  You can see the short, white tail sticking out.   Their length is about 13 inches. 

 

 

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