Wildlife Safari, Nebraska









Elk (Cervus elaphus) – Western United States from Canada through the Eastern Rockies to New Mexico.  The Elk wade or lie in
streams, rivers, ponds and lakes to seek relief from heat and biting insects.  These elk are cooling off in the pond.  



Elk running in the field.



White Pelicans (Pelecanus erythrorthynchos) – Western and Central and North America.  They have a huge wingspan of 8 to 9
feet.  This Pelican is white with black on the wings.  The large bill is orange-yellow with throat pouches.  The Pelican scoop up fish
while swimming, unlike the brown pelican that plunge from the air to strike fish.   



American Bison (Bison bison) – Western United States.  Sometimes called Buffalo, this is a massively built bison
with shaggy brown to black hair on its head, neck, shoulders and forelegs.  The rest of the body has shorter, lighter hair.  The
huge, heavy head has a broad forehead.  There is a shoulder hump characteristic of the male.  The horns are rather short and
upturned.  They have a straggly, pointed beard.  Even though they are large, they can run about 35 mph.  



Sandhill Crane (Grus canadensis) –  Breeds in Canada and the Alaska tundra migrating through the southwestern states such as Nebraska along the Platte River into New Mexico, Texas and Florida.





Pronghorn (Antilocapra americana) – Western United States, Central Canada and Mexico. They graze in open prairie land. Both the female and the male have horns covered with hair.  These hairs are shed each year.



American Bison – Buffalo (Bison bison) – North America in prairies and open woods.



Elk, Buffalo and Pronghorn (antelope) are from America in the western states.



Turkeys (Meleagris gallopavo) – Native to the United States.





Turkeys stand about four feet tall and have a wing span of five-feet wide.  Their gobbling sounds can be heard a long distance in th spring when they join the females trying to attract the females.



Turkeys – acorns are a large part of the turkeys diet including seeds, nuts, insects and berries.  The Some of this diet is hard to digest, but the turkey is equipped with well-developed gizzards to grind them up and help with digestion.






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