Woodland Park Zoo, Seattle
This is the second and last part of our trip to the zoo. You can see Part 1 here. I found this cute video on the zoo's website, and I thought I would start off with it as I took a lot of shots at the Meerkat exhibit. I think any small children will really enjoy this one.
You can enlarge all the photos to get a better view. I have provided what information I can, be it from the photographs I took of the signs or from the actual website of the zoo.
I fell in love with the little guys, a familiar comment of mine I know.
If you want to know more about them you can click here.
This rather shy little fellow is a North American Porcupine, and you can read all about him here.
This is a Matschie's Tree Kangaroo. His information is here.
We went into an area where we could visit with these cute little birds. The ones below are Cockatiels. I couldn't find a page for them but the sign read, "In the wild Cockatiels live in pairs or small flocks that search for seeds or berries. It makes its nest in the hollow of a tree, stump or fence post. Cockatiels have been domesticated for more than 100 years."
This bright little bird is the Eastern Rosella Parrot. The sign read: "This brightly colored parrot is well known in the farmlands, suburban gardens eucalyptus woodlands of southeast Australia. Typically living in small groups, Rosella's eat fruit, seeds, berries and flower nectar. They nest in tree cavities and communicate with a wide variety of screeches, chatters and loud metallic calls."
This delight is a Laughing Kookaburra. You can find out about him right here.
In another part of the aviary was this lovely bird, but I slipped up and didn't take a picture of the sign to remember him, and I couldn't find a web page on the zoo's site.
Below is "the national bird of Nepal. a pheasant that lives at elevations as high as 15,000 feet (4,573 m). In winter Himalayan Monal's descend to lower elevations where food is more abundant. When alarmed both male and female deliver a shrill, prolonged whistle that ends in a single, high-pitched note. The male is more brightly colored than the female, who must be camouflaged while incubating eggs and feeding her young. The long, curved bill of both sexes is used to dig for grubs, roots and worms."
This is a Common Wallaroo"There are more than 60 kinds of Kangaroos in Australia and New Guinea, from the one-pound Rat Kangaroo (which lives in rain forests), to the 200 lb. Red Kangaroo (that lives in deserts). Between these extremes are Wallaroos and Wallabies, medium-sized Kangaroos that live in grasslands and woodlands. All Kangaroos eat grasses and other plants, and all have pouches to protect their young. Many species can move quickly when necessary - the Common Wallaroo can cover 20 feet in one hop."
There was so much more to see but unfortunately we both ran out of time and more importantly energy. All those lovely animals that we missed will have to wait for our next visit to Seattle. I hope it won't be too long before we make that trip again, because the northwest is an area that we have both taken to very much.
Camera Critters is a wonderful meme created by Misty Dawn. Thank you Misty!