Posts tagged ‘Zoo’

Why do zebras have stripes?

Zebra

The zebra’s famous stripes help it to hide from its enemies.  When you see a zebra in the zoo, its stripes make it stand out clearly.  But in its wild home on the African plains, the zebra is not so easily recognized.

When seen from a distance, the black or brown stripes on a whitish background form a camouflage pattern.

This pattern breaks up the outline of the zebra’s body into deceptive shapes that blend in with the scenery.

Since zebras normally live in the same grasslands as lions, their main enemy, this protection is very necessary for the zebra.–Dick Rogers

What are apes?

The monkeys and apes are perhaps the most popular animals in the zoo.

Apes do not have tails.  In this way they are different from monkeys.  The ape family includes the huge gorilla and the big chimpanzee, the haggy red orangutan, and the long-armed gibbon.

Ape

The gorilla, biggest and most powerful of the apes, may weigh over 400 pounds.  Unlike the other apes that spend much of their time in trees gorillas are so heavy  they stay on the ground most of the time.

Next in size are the big orangutans.  In their homeland, their name means “the man of the woods.”  The male orangutan has white whiskers much like the beard of a man.

The chimpanzees are the showmen of the ape family.  They are easily taught and quickly learn to imitate man.  Some “chimps” have learned to skate, eat with a fork and spoon, and even paint pictures.

The smallest apes are the gibbons, the acrobats of the ape world.  They swing from branch to branch faster than a man can run.  Their arms are so long that they often touch the ground when they walk upright. – Dick Rogers

What is a timber wolf?

Timber Wolf

Most people have a good idea of what a wolf looks like, even if they have never seen one outside a zoo.  The most common wolf in North America is the big timber wolf.

This wild relative of the dog looks very much like a large German shepherd dog and lives in the remote mountains and forests where few people live.

A timber wolf may be nearly 5 feet long and weigh well over 100 pounds.  It is also called a gray wolf because its long shaggy fur is usually gray, but it can be most brown, black or almost white.

Timber wolves often work together in packs to hunt for their food.

People  who make a study of wolves think that the howls of wolves in the nighttime are calls to other wolves to help keep the group together even long distances.

Fearsome stones are often told of wolves attacking people but few reports of a wolf attack have been proved in North America. – Dick Rogers