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Featured Animals

Mandrill

(Mandrill sphinx)

Mandrills are the world’s largest monkeys! They inhabit the rainforests of equatorial Africa.

Mandrills are considered the most colourful of all mammal species. They can reach up to 77 lbs and have extremely long canine teeth.

These monkeys are primarily terrestrial animals and live in troops. Although they spend most of their time on the ground, they can climb trees.

These omnivores love to forage on the ground for roots, fruits, reptiles, amphibians and insects.

 

 

Giraffe

(Giraffa camelopardalis reticulata)

Giraffes inhabit dry savannahs and open woodlands of Africa.

These mammals are the world’s tallest animals! They can grow to a height of 19 ft (6m) and weigh up to 2,800 lbs (1,270 kg). Their 21 inch (53cm) tongue allows them to pluck leaves and buds from treetops.

 

These towering giants live in groups of about half a dozen. They spend most of their time roaming the open grasslands searching for food.

The Emperor Valley Zoo is home to two giraffes, Melman and Mandela. They are each currently 11 feet tall. Their favorite leaves are those of the acasia tree.

 

 

Crab-eating Raccoon

Crab-eating Raccoon

(Procyon  cancrivorus)

The Crab-eating Raccoon inhabits marshes and forests of Central and South American and Trinidad.

This nocturnal mammal is by nature, a solitary animal. It exhibits a bushy ringed tail and dark fur around its eyes.

Females produce an average of three offspring per year. Males have no part in raising the young.

As its name implies, this raccoon species consumes crabs. However, its diet also comprises of crustaceans, small amphibians and fruit.
 

Boa ConstrictorBoa Constrictor

(Boa constrictor)

The Boa Constrictor can be found in North, Central and South America and a few Caribbean islands including Trinidad and Tobago. It thrives in most habitats including tropical rainforests, open savannahs and cultivated fields.

This reptile, locally called 'Macajuel', is non-venomous and can reach up to 13 feet in length and weigh up to 60 lbs! This species is an excellent swimmer but prefers to stay on dry land.

As its name implies, this snake uses its muscular body to constrict its prey. Its diet includes mice, birds, lizards and bats.

Female boa constrictors incubate eggs inside their bodies and can give birth of up to 60 live young. Babies are approximately 2 feet in length.

The average lifespan of this snake species in the wild is 20 to 30 years!
 

 



 

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