One of the Best Zoos in America
One of the Biggest Zoos in America:
Right here in the Northeast. The Bronx Zoo is one of the United States major Zoological residences. Quiet and pleasantly enjoyable animal home. Its vast landscape makes it almost impossible to capture the entire park exhibits in one day. I wanted to see as much as I could in one day. Just watching the polar bear exhibit took up the better part of an hour. It is a beautiful site to watch animals play. It's enough to keep old and young entertained.
We started by watching the small children riding camel back. My family was a bit too big for the line. I don’t know if there are any restrictions, but everyone in my family is at least 14 and over.
The zoo has always been the place where I would in the past just watch animals walk, lay, sleep or try to hide from the public. This day it was the opposite. We spent a little over an hour eyeing the peacocks walking through the people as they ate. The peacock is a beautiful animal. They come from Asian and African forests, and rainforests. Their main source of food is grain, insects, small reptiles and mammals, berries, figs, leaves, seeds and flower parts depending on species they grow from 27 to 51 inches long.
They are known for their beautiful fan of feathers. This is for mating and courtship practices. Females choose males according to their feather size and color and overall quality of the spread.
Male – Peacock
Male/Female – Peafowl
The Lions and African Dogs
The Lions patrolled, and then hid themselves for the days nap and the African Dogs barely stayed visible enough for a picture. So we walked on.
Polar Bears Exhibit
This is a carnivorous animal that lives in colder (arctic) temperatures. They spend a great bit of time in water. They love the cold arctic climate and spend their time near Arias (polar ice packs) where ice meets land. Their main source of food is seals. They are excellent swimmers. They use their huge paws to maneuver swiftly on land and at sea. Adult male Polar bears (boar) weighs in the range of (770 – 1500 lbs.). The female (cow) can range 330 – 550 lbs. in size. They can reach heights from 5 to 10 feet) with females ranging 5 feet to seven feet, and males 8 to 10 feet.
They can swim more than 40 miles in arctic water. These large creatures are beautiful and love to play. Literally I watched them play with a ball for more than 30 minutes. It was entertaining and peaceful to see such an enormous creature playing like a house cat with a ball. Throwing, chasing even biting the ball.
The Tiger – the largest species of cat
They can reach length of 11 feet, and weigh 670 lbs. The tiger is an uniquely striped feline with an orange like fur. Although they are solitary when they hunt and live, they are very social and love to play.
This was evident this day. It was hot and the water within the tiger den proved cool enough for them. A thick glass separated my camera from the gang within their pool. They jumped, chased and pounced one another. The wall of glass that line the front of the tiger exhibit allowed for onlookers to watch as they ran and played back and forth.
Tigers are a joy to watch play. They have good energy. Their striking coloring also makes for beautiful pictures. The only thing I might have missed was the roaring sounds they may have belted as they attacked and defended during playtime.
The birds are interesting and full of natural beauty. There are many species of birds. They can fly and sing all sorts of songs. The most impressive are the ones who can mimic human speech. Sure the flamingo color is extraordinary, the bald eagle has a sort of sharpness and elegance and it is a symbol of a nation. The waddling penguins are extra fine with its classic look. The even seemingly elderly owls with all its wisdom legendarily, make me say “awww”.
Malayan tapir are native to Asia. Some adults of this species can weigh up to 1,190 pounds. The females typically weigh more than the males. The Malayan tapir has a great sense of smell and hearing which is what helps them to get around. They typically have very poor vision.
The Red panda can be found in the Himalayas and areas of China. They have an extraordinary look. The Red Panda have been mistakingly classified in the bear and raccoon families. At this time they are classified in their own family. The Red panda have an average length (head and body) of 20 to 26 inches. Their tails add anywhere from 12 to 20 inches. They typically weigh 12- 20 pounds.
Matschie Tree Kangaroo
The Matschie tree kangaroo mostly live in the rain forests of Papua New Guinea. You can also find some species in Australia and West Papua. The adult of this species can weigh 15 - 22 pounds and group up to 37 - 70 inches. Captive Matschies live up to 20 years.
Small Clawed Otter
This is the smallest otter species. Their length can range from 28 to 39 inches. They weigh between 2.2 pounds to 11.9 pounds. The Small clawed otter's habitat is usually low in vegetation or near muddy banks. They can be found in swamps and freshwater areas of Asia.
This four plus hours trip was spent in fun. But another trip is needed to experience more. This is one of the biggest zoos with many creatures. It would be a shame not to see more.