In the African realm at the Montgomery Zoo, visitors can see a Cheetah, chimpanzee, elephant, giraffes, a pygmy hippopotamus, and vultures among other creatures. Of special note is the baby giraffe calf, now on view at Giraffe Encounters. The zoo and museum are now the proud parents of Connye, which was born on March 23, and first shown to the public on April 22 during a weekly media briefing by Mayor Todd Strange. After this even, she and her mother, Ashley, can be seen at the Giraffe exhibit daily, pending unexpected circumstances.
This is the mother’s first calf and the father’s third calf. Willie, the father, is just about 12 years old, while Mom is eight years old.
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The Red Kangaroo, the Wallaby, and the Warthog can be seen in the Australian Realm.
The Red Kangaroo is the biggest type of kangaroo. It is the largest mammal native to Australia, and the largest surviving marsupial. It can be sighted across mainland Australia, avoiding only the more fertile areas in the south, the east coast, and the northern rainforests. Males are larger than females. The marsupial has a markedly strong tail, which is used often to help it stand upright. Male red kangaroos can leap more than 30 feet.
In the South American Realm, adults and children alike can marvel at alligators, the Andean Condor, the Chilean Flamingo, an Emerald Tree Boa, a Python, assorted frogs, a Giant Anteater, a Jaguar, Spider Monkeys, Toucans and turtles, among other native animals.
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The alligator is a big draw. The name alligator has its origins in the words, el lagarto, Spanish for "lizard." This is the name given to it by early Spanish settlers and explorers in Florida.
Believe it or not, alligators have had such luck adapting over 200 million years, that the species has remained virtually unchanged. Everyone knows that the alligator is synonymous for its bone crushing bites and has been dubbed a "living fossil."
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