Roger Williams Park Zoo



Roger Williams Park Zoo – Rhode Island’s Finest


Polar Bear and Cub – This cub was born November 4, 1997.  His name is Triton and in this picture he is 8 months old.  The Polar Bear is the largest of the bear family.   On our second visit to the zoo on 10-28-07  there was great renovation going on at the Roger Williams Park Zoo.  Triton has gone to a zoo in Detroit, Michigan and is very happy.   The new polar bear habitat is being worked on now.
Masai baby Giraffes – Mtembei was born 5-5-07 and Kimba was born 7-24-07.  This picture was taken on 10-28-07.  Mtembei was six feet tall and 140 pounds when he was born.  Kimba was five feet five inches and weighed 100 pounds.  The mother giraffe gives birth standing up, so the baby has about four feet to fall when born.  They are hardy and usually do great, standing minutes after being born.
Masai Giraffe Herd (Giraffa camelopardalis tippelskirchi) – Southeastern Africa.  Even though the neck of the giraffe is long, they still only have seven vertebrae as humans do, only longated.  The 18 inch tongue helps them gather foliage from acacia trees with thorns.  They have a tufted tail and a thick mane on their necks.  They have three horns above their eyes.  The Giraffe is the tallest living mammal in the world.
Star Turtle Tortoise – These retiles live on Sri Lanka in dry lowland forests.
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Dromedary (Camelus dromedarius) – One Humped Camel have fat stored in hump – Northern Africa, Middle East and Introduced into Australia.  They have a flexible upper lip with a deep cleft.  They can go for extremely long periods without water. When they do get to a water source, they can consume 30 gallons in a short period.  The hump of the camel is  for storing excess fat, which sustains the camel when food and water are not available.  The body temperature of the camel drops at night and slowly rises during the day so camels do not sweat to cool off. The Dromedary Camels can carry 300 pounds and can travel 25 miles a day.
Dromedary Camels were given a Pumpkin as a Halloween Treat, which they enjoyed in 2007 when we visited this zoo  Their usual diet consists of grass and other plants.
Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) – This fluffy Flamingo Chick must stay near the parents for a while.
Bongo (Tragelaphus eurycerus) Africa from around Sierra Leone to Kenya where there are forest, bamboo jungle and bush.  Their back is arched somewhat with white vertical stripes.  Their are white patches on the cheek and a white line on the bottom part of the neck.
Ostrich (Struthio camelus) – Australia.  Although the Ostrich cannot fly because of it’s size, they are fast runners, reaching speeds of 40 miles an hour.   They can use their wings as “rudders” to help them change direction while running.  The Ostrich has long legs and, with a single stride, can cover 15 feet.

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