Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Reston Zoo

Thank you all for the nice welcome back, I really appeciated all the sweet comments.

Today we had to take Gregg's vehicle into the dealership and on our way back we decided to have a walk around the Reston Zoo.  We walked by where they keep the monkeys.  This one is a Brown-headed Spider Monkey, Ateles fusciceps fusciceps.  

Their natural habitat is in the tropical and subtropical humid forests in Central and South America, and they can live for 25 to 30 years.   

Spider Monkeys have a prehensil tail that they use as an extra hand or foot.  

There are only four fingers on their hands, no thumbs.   This helps them move through the trees, from branch to branch easier and faster.  

Spider monkeys will open their mouths to show off their teeth if they feel threatened

Mature females have one offspring every two to three years.

I obtained all my information about the animals from nearby markers such as this one.

It is a small zoo and by the time we had finished our walk around  we had a phone call to say Gregg's vehicle was ready for pick up.  

The last time we were here was quite a while ago in 2008, and you can see that post here where I focused on the Prairie Dogs.  I saw them again today but will share that post at a later date.