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Featured Animals



 Common Barn Owl

(Tyto Alba)

The Common Barn Owl is a medium-sized owl which measures 13 to 20 inches in height with a wingspan of 2.5 to 3 ft. It has black eyes, long legs and can be distinguished from other owls by its heart-shaped face.


The Common Barn owl is the most widely distributed species of owl. It can be found on every continent except Antarctica. This nocturnal bird of prey hunts and feeds on animals such as rats, mice and shrews.


This species of owl is a prolific breeder. Females can lay 3 to 6 eggs twice per year. They nest in natural hollows in trees, caves and cliffs or in man-made structures such as chimneys, barns and nest boxes. The Emperor Valley Zoo is home to a pair of these amazing birds. 

 

 

 Black-capped Lory

(Lorius lory)

The Black-capped Lory, also known as the Western Black-capped Lory, is one of the parrot species which can be seen at the Emperor Valley Zoo.


This very colorful bird is native to Papua New Guinea and Indonesia. It inhabits lowlands forests and surrounding secondary vegetation. It can be reach a length of 31cm and live up to 20 to 25 years!


Black-capped Lories are usually found in pairs and sometimes in groups of ten or more. They enjoy feeding on pollen, flowers, nectar, insects and fruits.

 

Crocy the American Crocodile

(Crocodylus acutus)

‘Crocy’ has lived at the Emperor Valley Zoo for the last 30 years. He is one of the oldest animals at the zoo. This 12 foot long, prehistoric-looking carnivore is a major attraction to visitors especially during his feedings.

American crocodiles, like ‘Crocy’, are among the largest of the world’s crocodiles! They can reach a length and weight of up to 15 feet and 2000 pounds respectively. They can be found in southern Florida, the Caribbean, southern Mexico and along the Central American coast south to Venezuela. These reptiles inhabit fresh or brackish water of river estuaries, mangrove swamps and coastal lagoons.

Their diet consists mainly of frogs, fish, crabs, small mammals, birds, snails, insects and occasionally carrion. American crocodiles are shy and reclusive and can live up to 70 years. Females can produce between 35 to 50 eggs.

Unfortunately, habitat depletion and illegal hunting have reduced the population of American crocodiles to critical levels in the wild.

 

Spike the Prehensile-Tailed Porcupine

(Coendou prehensilis)

Spike was born at the Emperor Valley Zoo. At birth his body was covered with many soft hairs which harden into quills with age. These quills gave him a ‘spikey’ appearance and he was therefore named ‘Spike’. He is now 5 years old. His favorite foods at the zoo include ground nuts and sweet potatoes. ‘Spike’ is one of the Petting Zoo animals at the Emperor Valley Zoo.

Prehensile-tailed Porcupines are inhabit forests of Trinidad, Venezuela, Brazil, Guiana, Bolivia and some extreme northern sections of Argentina. Their tails are prehensile, meaning, they have been adapted for grasping and hanging. Their front and hind feet are also modified for holding. These shy and nocturnal mammals are found in small social groups at sleeping times. Otherwise they are solitary or paired. Their diet consists of fruit, leaves, shoots and small twigs. Females give birth to one young at a time. Prehensile-tailed porcupines can weigh up t 11 lbs and grow to a length of 40 inches!



 

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