Smithsonian National Zoological Park

SMITHSONIAN NATIONAL ZOOLOGICAL PARK – Washington, DC

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Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) – Africa and West Asia.  These young Cheetahs were having a great time.  The Cheetah is the fastest land animal in the world.  They get as close to the prey as possible and then can reach a speed of over 60 mph, but only for 10 to 12 second before overheating.  The long legs help
them to reach this fast spurt of speed.  Distinctive black stripes
run down each side of their faces.  
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Giant Panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) – They come from Central China in the Bamboo Forest.   Their main diet is bamboo.  The front paws have an extra “sixth finger” to help them handle eating the bamboo  MEI XIANG is on the right, pronounced “May-SHONG”, which means “beautiful fragrance.  She was born on July 22, 1998, at the Giant Panda breeding center in Wolong, China.
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Great Panda face to face, this wonderful stocky, barrel-shaped bear has a large head, erect ears,  and rather small eyes, looking larger because of the black patches around the eyes. In China the Giant Panda is called “Daxiongmao” (giant bear-cat) or “Baixiong” (white bear).  The diet is mostly restricted to different kinds of bamboo.  The Panda has a single stomach and short intestines.  Pandas do not hibernate like other bears. 
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This is Tian Tian pronounced t-YEN t-YEN, which means “More and More”.  He is the bolder of the Pandas    and was born on August 27, 1997 at the breeding center in Wolong, China.  His eye patches are shaped like kidneys.
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Sarus Crane (Grus antigone) – The Sarus Crane is the tallest flying bird, measuring 6 feet tall with a wing span  of 8 feet.
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White-naped Crane (Grus vigio) – Eastern Asia to Japan (lately wintering in North and South Korea).
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Grey’s Zebra ( Equus grevyi) – Africa.  This zebra has a white stomach without stripes and stripes down their legs.  It has a long face and a white-margined spinal stripe.  Their ears are large and flexible and can turn in almost any direction. Their eyes are on the side enabling zebras to spot danger even while they graze.   They have keen senses and long-distance running ability.
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The male Grevy’s Zebra is slightly larger than the female.  The female alone cares for the young zebra.  
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Asian Elephant (elephas maximus) – India, the indochinese peninsula, Sumatra and Sri Lanka.  Yyoung Asian Elephant are adorable.  The Elephants trunk has over 100,000 muscles and tendons.  They use their trunk for many purposes such as smelling, bathing, scratching, drinking and dust bathing.  Full grown Elephants can weight from 6,000 to 12,000 pounds.
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The Asian Elephant has smaller ears than the African Elephant.  The upper incisors will grow into tusks with both the Asian Elephant and the African Elephant.  The adult Asian female’s tusks rarely can be seen.  the Asian Elephant has a single finger-like tip on the trunk to help them pick things up.  Young elephants learn by imitating their parents.  The elephant’s brain is larger than a humans and is among the smartest animals on earth.
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Hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius) – Africa.  During the heat of the day they stay in the water most of   the time.  Then at night they come out to graze often traveling miles.
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Fishing Cat (Prionailurus viverrinus) –  India, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Sri Lanka and Indonesia.  Wild Fishing Cats use their swimming skills to catch fish.  They attract fish by lightly tapping the surface of the water with their paws, mimicking insect movements.  The cats then dive into the water to watch the fish.  They also can swim underwater.  They stay near densely vegetated areas near water, marshes, mangroves, rivers and streams.
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Asian Small-Clawed Otter (Aonyx cinereus) – India to Malaysia and Southeastern China.  These Otter babies were all curled up together.  They have short claws that do not extend beyond the fleshy pads of its webbed feet.
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Red Panda (Ailurus fulgens) – Himalayan range, Nepal to Southwest China in bamboo forests mostly.  The Red Panda has a long and soft coat of rust to red color.  Their bushy tails have rings of black on  it.  The Red Panda sleep most of the day away being nocturnal.  As seem here, they like to curl up in a branch of a tree during the day.  At night it feeds on the ground, finding bamboo shoots, grass, roots, fruit, and acorns.
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Elegant Crested-Tinamou (Eudromia elegans) – South America, Argentina and E. Chile.  They have a thin crest and a slender neck with camouflage plumage. This Tinamou lives in dry grasslands, open country, scrub and woodland.  The male incubates the eggs and raises the chicks. The chicks can run and feed within minutes of hatching.  The nest is usually in a hollow in the ground close to a low bush.
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Przewalski’s Horse (Equus ferus przewalskii) – Mongolia, China and Kazakhstan.  The only living wild relative of the domestic horse is the Przewalski horse.  This wild horse can withstand harsh winter and dry conditions of central Asia.  They weigh 500 to 800 lbs. Like other feral horses, they live in herds that cover large distances,  lead by a senior mare.  The neck is thick with a large head and short legs.  The lower legs have a distinctive dark brown area.
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Golden Lion Tamarin (Leontopithecus rosalia) – South America.  The tamarin mane has long, silky, reddish-gold fur which hides the ears. The long-clawed hands are used to hold food such as fruits.  The Tamarin moves nimbly through the branches through the forest.
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Western Lowland Gorilla (Gorilla gorilla gorilla) – Cameroons, Gabon, Zaire-Central West Africa.
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