The zoo is home to residents such as the rare fraternal orangutan twins Pumpkin and Peanut, both with their own unique traits: Pumpkin is quiet whereas Peanut is extroverted and energetic. There are also the veteran residents, Connie and Sinbad (the alpha male). Connie, the oldest of the orangutans, shares her primadome with him. They also participate in the orangutan school.
Some other very unique orangutans in the bunch are the fashionista diva Hannah and the big man on campus Jake.
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Along the journey, you'll also see some primatessuch as the Squirral Monkeys with their echoing calls to one another and the terrestrial Hamadryas Baboons (Africa) who love to form clans. Other primates you'll see include the Gibbons,which aremembers of the lesser apes and are smaller and cuter in comparison to their great ape counterparts. You'll see chimpanzees and gorillas, as well, andthese guys are as big as humans! Plus, the great horned owl, the black palm cockatoo, and the Chinese silkie chicken will absolutely fascinate you.
In addition to the animals that have been mentioned, you will also find a number of fish. In this part of the zoo, visitors will learn all about the tropical fish that call The Jungle Island their home.
For instance, there are some beautiful Koi fish, which are considered a symbol of luck and can grow to be 3 feet long and live to be 30-40 years old. You can also discover the Florida Gar, a tropical fish that lives in the lowlands: streams, canals and lakes. There are some interesting facts about these tropical beauties you'll love hearing about.
ome around the tigers and lion's den.Have you ever heard of a liger? Ligers are the largest cat in the world and have the same genes as the lions and tigers, yet they are considered the offspring of the two (aka dysphasia).They have the same unique traits of the two species. In fact, they don't even exist in the wild, which makes them as rare as an animal can get. Additionally, you'll find the smallest of the huge cats, which is the leopard. The leopard is reducing in numbers where it used to be abundant in Asia. Now, you can find them in the sub-Saharan Africa. Also in the mammals area is the Canadian Lynx. These guys are mainly found in Alaska across Canada and Northern America; they look more like a large house cat.
The Lion’s Den is the park's largest area, and it is considered the most exciting exhibit. You'll be able to see the rare Snow White Tigers and the White Bengal tigers. Also, the rare color mutation of the Kruger subspecies of lion is a treat to see.
The White lion, also considered a rarity is native to the South African Timbavati region. They are not albinos, as some may think. You'll also be able to see the Tabby Tigers. And for all those cat-lovers, engaging with some of the cubs is a delightful option when visiting Jungle Island.
In fact, members from the collection the Rainforest Birds of Parrot'dise come from all over the world. Some of the birds you will see include the following:
Eclectus Parrots are found in Australia, New Guinea, and the South Pacific Islands and can live 30 or more year.
The Great-horned Owl “Moonlight” suffered a severe injury to her wing, requiring the tip to be amputated. Moonlight resides in the Serpentarium.
Hyacinth Macaw are found in tropical South America, but their numbers in the wild are dwindling due to loss of habitat. Some estimates put the wild population at less than 3,000. Their population in captivity is thought to have exceeded that number, as their animated and comical personalities make them popular as pets.
Caribbean Flamingos are one of six species of flamingos found around the world. They are easily identifiable by their pink feathers and long necks and legs. They are sociable and distinct birds that inhabit the shallow water ways of the Galapagos Islands, Southern Caribbean, Yucatan Peninsula, and Northern Caribbean.
These are just a few of the many birds that you will see here at Parrot'dise. Photo:
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