Nashville Zoo, TN



Eurasian Lynx (Felis lynx) – Northern to Eastern Asia.  This Lynx is the largest of the species.  There are black tufts on each each ear and the tail has a black tip.  The coat is extremely dense  The marking vary, being  mostly spotted with some stripes.  The padded paws are large, acting as snowshoes in the snow.  The main in between color is a light tawny brown or on the silvery whitish side.  These Lynx are seldom seen in the wild.
Red-Crowned Crane (Grus japonensis) – Japan and Asia.  The Red-Crowned Crane is a symbol of Longevity, peace and good luck to many people in Japan and Asia.  The beautiful dance of the crane help strenthen the bond between two birds during matting.  Cranes are monogamous (having only one mate for life).
Baird”s Tapir (Tapirus bairdii) – Southern Mexico to Northern Columbia  This is the largest South American Tapir.  It has dark brown, almost black coloring with yellowish cheeks and a rim of white around the ears.  The flexible long snout is used for rooting up various plants.  They inhabit forest areas near water.  It swims well and can semi-submerge in water for hours.
Bengal White Tiger (Panthera tigris tigris)  – South and East Asia.  The Tiger is the largest of the cat family.  The white tiger cub can be born along with the orange cubs in the same litter, usually to Bengal tigers.  They have long, sensitive whiskers. The length of the head and body is 4 to 9 feet.  The weight varies 500 to over 600 pounds.  The tiger is a solitary animal.  They are very agile and a good swimmer.
Clouded Leopard (Neofelis nebulosa) – Southeast and East Asia – India, Sumatra and Borneo..  This cat is the smallest of all of the big cats.  The name comes from the “cloudy” dark patches, bordered by black.   The background is tawny, gray or silvery white.  The cats most striking feature is the extremely large canine teeth, which are proportionately longer than any other cat. It has great climbing skills.  With it’s wide paws, it can run down a tree head first.  It also can climb on horizontal branches with its back hanging toward the ground and suspend itself by its hind feet alone.
Damara Zebra (Equus quagga antiquorum) – Southeast Africa.  The Zebras stripes are different on each zebra like our fingerprints are individual.  They are relatives of the horse, and like horses, the male is called a stallion and the female is called a mare.  They stay within five miles of a waterhole as they must drink regularly. the Zebra is four to four and a half feet long at the shoulder.  They can travel faster than 40 mph for short bursts.
Desert Tortoise (Gopherus agassizi) – United States desert . This tortoise will find an underground burrow to escape the summer heat
and the winter cold.
Rhinoceros Iguana (Cychura cornita) – This Iguana likes to eat a diet of cactus fruit.  In order to give a warning to stay away,
Their heads will bob, the throat will inflat and the tail will whip around.
Meerkat (Suricata suricatta) – Southwest /africa.   The meerkat has a brown body with silver-white areas. There are eight bands on the lower part of the body.  The eyes have dark circles around them.  They can easily stand on their hind legs.  The Meerkat is a home burrowing underground, using their fore-claws  to dig up soil and root for food.  They are a social colony The male marks the territory  In the early  morning the meerkat will stand on their hind legs and warm themselves in the sun. There are usually sentries standing guard against hawk or other large birds.
Black Siamang Gibbons (Hylobates syndactylus) – Malaysia and Sumatra. These Gibbons spend most of their time high in the trees eating fruit, insects and birds eggs.  They have dense coats of black hair and males measure about 3 feet. Siamang Gibbons are different from others having a throat sac that can inflate.
Yellow-blotched Map Turtle (Graptemys flavimaculata) – This turtle is only found in the Pascagoula River system in Mississippi.  The adult female Map Turtle grow to twice the size of the males.
Bengal Tiger (Panthera tigris)  – Southern and Eastern Asia.  This is the largest cat in the cat family.  The tiger’s coat is vividly patterned with black stripes.  Each tiger has a different stripe pattern.  The rough sandpaper-like tongue of the tiger help it to groom  it’s fur and to scrape meat from bones.  Tigers have a great sense of hearing and, even when asleep, their ears are alert.  They have large, rounded ears and very sensitive whiskers..

Chilean Flamingo (Phoemcopterus chilensis) – Found in lowlands and high plateaus of the Andies Mountains in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile and Central Peru.

Red Panda (Ailurus fulgens) – South and Southeast Asia.  The rust-brown coat is soft and long.  The underside is black.  The tail has light rings on the rust-brown background.  The large head has white around the snout, patches of white on the eye brows and cheek and white on the ears.  The Red Panda has sharp, semi retractable claws that help them climb rapidly through trees.  They rest flat on a branch or crook of a tree.   It eats bamboo shoots, plants and roots.

 Spiny-Tailed Iguana (Ctenosaura hemilopha) – Rock-loving lizards that dives into rocky crevices when in danger, leaving only the spiny tail blocking the entrance.  The tail can be whipped around in defense as well.   Eastern Diamond-Back Rattlesnake (Crotalus adamanteus) – Southeast United States: Range between Florida and the Carolinas
and Louisiana.  The Eastern Diamond Back Rattlesnake is a pit viper – a snake that rely on a heat source to find prey.  It prefers to be in secluded areas, but, when threatened, can strike up to 2/3 of its body length.  The average of these snakes is 5 feet long and weighsabout 5 lbs.
The diamond pattern is unmistakable.   The undersides are a light tan.  The famous “rattle” on the tail is a collection of hollow scales called “beads”. These beads are added each time the snake sheds its skin.  They smell with the forked tongue which helps them locate their prey.

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