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Featured Animals

 

Helmeted Guineafowl

(Numida meleagris)

The Helmeted Guineafowl breeds in Africa and has been introduced to the West Indies, Australia, Brazil and southern France.

This bird has a round body, small head and short tail. It can weigh up to 1.3kg. It is great runner and prefers to run rather than fly when alarmed.

Females can lay 6 to 12 eggs in a well-hidden nest. She will incubate these eggs for 26 to 28 days.

A Helmeted Guineafowl's diet includes fruits, seeds, insects, worms, snails, spiders and lizards.

 

Capybara

(Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris)

This mammal is the largest member of the rodent family! It inhabits dense forests near fresh water streams, lakes and marshes in Central and South America.

The capybara has short brown or reddish brown fur and small ears. It has slightly webbed feet which help it to swim and dive underwater. It can grow to over 4ft in length and can weigh up to 150 lbs.

This species is a social one and lives in groups of up to 20 individuals. Females usually produce a litter of four.

A capybara’s diet consists mainly of grasses and aquatic plants.

 

 

Green Iguana

(Iguana iguana)

The green iguana can be found in the rainforests of Northern Mexico, Central America, southern Brazil and the Caribbean islands including Trinidad. This reptile can reach a length of 2 metres and weigh up to 11lbs.

This species spends most of its life in the rainforest’s canopy. It is an excellent swimmer and has a sharp jaw and a long tail. The average lifespan of a green iguana is 20 years!

A green iguana’s diet consists mainly of fruits, leaves and flowers.


Guinea Pig

(Cavia porcellus)

The guinea pig is a species of rodent which originated in the Andes. It is not found naturally in the wild and is commonly kept as pets in many countries.

This mammal weighs between 1.5 to 2.5 pounds and measures up to 10 inches in length.

Guinea pigs can live an average of 4 to 5 years. They have well developed senses of hearing, touch and smell. Females, called sows, can produce an average of 3 pups per litter.

A guinea pig’s diet consists mainly of grasses.

 

Rhinoceros Iguana

(Cyclura cornuta)

The species, also called the Mona Iguana, can be found in Hispaniola and Mona Island near Puerto Rico. It inhabits semi-deciduous and dry to subtropical, moist forests, scrub woodlands and dry, rocky forests in coastal areas.

Rhinoceros iguanas are named after their several enlarged horn-like scales on its snout. These scales resemble the horns of a rhinoceros. This species can reach a length of 60 to 136 cm. Their skin color can range from grey to dark green and brown.

Females dig burrows when they are about to lay eggs. An average clutch of eggs can range from 5 to 20 eggs. Hatchlings are approximately 18 cm in length.

Rhinoceros iguanas feed mainly on flowers and fruit but can also consume insects and eggs.


White-cheeked Pintail

(Anas bahamensis)

 

White-cheeked pintails are found in the Caribbean, South America and the Galapagos Islands. They inhabit mangrove swamps, estuaries and brackish lakes.

This species acquires its name from its characteristic white cheeks. Both male and female look similar in appearance.

These ducks favor aquatic plants and small invertebrates. Females produce between 5-12 light tan eggs.

 

Red Howler Monkey

(Alouatta seniculus)

The Red Howler Monkey can be found in Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Peru, Suriname, Venezuela and Trinidad.

This species is named after its outstanding deep reddish-brown hair and loud call which can be heard up to 5 km away in the forest. Its tail can reach a maximum length of 75 cm. Males and females weigh between 5.4 to 9.0 kg and 4.2 to 7.0 kg respectively.

Red Howler Monkeys live in groups of 3 to 9 individuals. One male is usually the dominant monkey of the group. This monkey is responsible for defending and leading the group to new food sites. Females are responsible for the offspring.

This species of monkey feeds mainly on leaves but also consumes fruits, seeds, flowers, small animals and nuts.

 

Channel-Billed Toucan

(Ramphastos vitellinus)

The channel-billed toucan breeds in tropical South America and Trinidad. It prefers forest and woodland habitats.

This brightly coloured bird can reach a length of 19 cm and can weigh up to 430 g. It exhibits a large bill reaching up to 14cm in length!

Channel-billed toucan diets consists mainly of fruit but will also consume insects, eggs, frogs and small reptiles.

Hatchlings are helpless and are unable to leave the nest for about 8 weeks. Both parents are active in raising the young.

 



 

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