Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

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Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis) – Sub-Saharan Africa on Savanna.
optgiraffeherdcheyzoo06The Cheyenne Zoo has the largest herd of giraffes in the United States.
The Giraffe’s tongue is extremely long.  
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This is a Lesser Kudu.  ( Tragelaphus imberbis)  The males are sandy-gray with vertical white stripes.  The females are rust colored with white vertical stripes.  The neck has a white mark, the throat has two large white circular, semi-circular markings.
Mountain Tapir (Tapirus pinchaque) – These tapir live high in the Andes in South America.  Their long nose is flexible and has many uses.(endangered)
Okapi – Their closest relative is not the zebra, but the giraffe. Their tongue is similar to that of the giraffe – long and purple. They live in the rain forest in Central Africa.
Red-footed Tortoise – This tortoise is found in Panama to central South America.
Pallas’ Cat – Southeast Asia to Western China.  Could be the oldest species of cat.
Siberian Tiger (Panthera tigris) – Siberia.  The Tiger is nocturnal and climb well.  They also like to swim.
Mexican Grey Wolf (Canis lupus baileyi) – They live in the mountainous area of Central Mexico, Southern Texas, Southeastern Arizona and Southern New Mexico.  
Hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius) – East and South Sub-Saharan Africa.   Three Nile Hippopotamus are having lunch in their winter quarters. Normally they would be almost submerged in water.  Their trainer really loved them.
Hippopotamus can stay under water for up to 35 minutes at a time. Their skin is up to 2 inches thick.  Hippos come from the tropical park of Africa.  This hippo really enjoyed getting scratched on his neck.
Kori Bustard (Ardeotis Kori) – East and Southern Africa.  This is said to be a true savanna bird, spending most of their time on the ground.  However, they will fly when in danger.  They are carnivores, eating large insects such as grasshoppers and locusts, lizards, birds and small snakes.  

Yellow-billed Cardinal (Paroaria capitata).  Central America in marshlands, river edges and flooded grasslands.  They live in flocks of hundreds.   


Leopard (Panthera pardua) – Asia: Siberia to Korea, Sri Lanka and Java, Middle East and   Africa.  This leopard has a long body with rosette-shaped black spots on a tawny, or yellowish buff colored fur.  Sometimes black leopards are born (called panthers) with spots hardly visible.


 Snow Leopard (Uncia uncia) – Pakistan, Afghanistan, Himalayas, East of China on the mountain slopes and forests.  Look at the length of thattail (3 feet).  The Snow Leopard can leap over ravines with theirpowerful bodies.  They will migrate to lower altitudes in the winter.
Snow Leopard
Baby Gorilla
Orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus) – Borneo and Sumatra in the rain forests.  The Orangutan have arms that are twice the length of their body.  The flexible hips, shoulders and wrists give them a wider range of  movement than any other great ape.  The Orangutan does not have a visible tail.   The coat is long and soft, reddish brown in color.  The diet is mainly of fruit such as figs.  They also eat leaves, shoots, bark and flowers.





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