Felis nigripes Tut website

Family

  • Felidae

Common Names

  • Black Footed Cats, Ant Hill Tiger

Size

  • Smaller than a domestic cat. One of the world's smallest cats.
  • Weight: Males- 4.2lbs Females- 2.8lbs

Range

  • Black-footed cats are found in the savannas and grasslands of Botswana, Namibia, and South Africa, as well as small parts of Angola, Zimbabwe, and possibly Lesotho.

Diet

  • In the wild: These tiny predators feed on rodents, birds, insects, and reptiles
  • At the zoo: Cat food, mice, with plenty of treats.

Special adaptations

  • Amazing camouflage and ambush predator skills.

Interesting facts

  • Able to take down prey up to twice their tiny size during the winter when smaller rodents are unavailable.
  • Able to jump 4.5 feet into the air to catch birds in flight

Conservation status

  • CITES –Appendix I
  • IUCN –Vulnerable

Sources

  1. AnAge. Accessed May 14, 2016. http://genomics.senescence.info/species/entry.php?species=Felis_nigripes
  2. Animal Diversity Web. Accessed March 31, 2016 http://animaldiversity.org/accounts/Felis_nigripes/
  3. Appendices I, II, and III of CITES. (February 5, 2015) Accessed January 2016. http://www.cites.org/eng/app/appendices.php
  4. Encyclopedia of Life. Black Footed Cats. Accessed May 14, 2016. http://eol.org/pages/328666/details
  5. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. (2015) Accessed January 2016. http://www.iucnredlist.org/apps/redlist/search

 

 

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Family

  • Bovidae

Common Names

  • Nubian Goats

Size

  • Height at shoulder: Males- 35" Females- 30"
  • Weight: Males- 175lbs Females- 135lbs

Range

  • Because they are able to produce milk year round, and because they are well adapted to hot climates, Nubians are popular in tropical regions

Diet

  • In the wild: Wild grasses
  • At the zoo: Timothy/alfalfa hay daily with grain, treats, and fresh produce as enrichment or reward.

Special adaptations

  • Nubians have a longer breeding season; as a result, they can produce milk year round

Interesting facts

  • Nubian goats were hybridized in England of Asian, African, and European origin goats
  • The name comes from the region of Africa where the African goats of the lineage were imported from.

Conservation status

  • CITES –Appendix I
  • IUCN –Not Evaluated

Sources

  1. American Dairy Goat Association Breed Standards. Accessed January 28, 2016. http://adga.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/GB2015.pdf
  2. Anglo-Nubian Goat Society Breed Standards. Accessed January 28, 2016. http://www.anglonubiangoatsociety.com/the-breed/
  3. Appendices I, II, and III of CITES. (February 5, 2015) Accessed January 2016. http://www.cites.org/eng/app/appendices.php
  4. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. (2015) Accessed January 2016. http://www.iucnredlist.org/apps/redlist/search
  5. Oklahoma State University Department of Animal Science, Breeds of Livestock Database. Accessed March 26, 2016.http://www.ansi.okstate.edu/breeds/horses/shire/

 

The Saginaw Children's Zoo at Celebration Square has a couple of new NEIGH-bors waiting to meet you!

Last Wednesday, April 6th, a chilly and rainy evening was brightened by the arrival of two baby Shire horses. Perfectly named for the time of year, half-sisters April Dawn and May Flowers Fancy have moved into the former Clydesdale exhibit. Friendly, curious, and playful, the zoo believes that these two will be a BIG hit with the community.

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April Dawn, born April 28th, 2015, and May Flowers Fancy, born May 31st, 2015, have traveled to Saginaw from a family farm in Darlington, Missouri. These two have some mighty big hooves to fill--Bonnie and Josie were the two lovely Clydesdale ladies who lived in the yard for almost 10 years. After many years of bringing joy to boys and girls of all ages, the two passed away due to age related ailments. Based on their outgoing and friendly nature, April Dawn and May Flowers Fancy seem like just the right horses to move into the exhibit and take over the job of brightening the lives of those they meet.

Shire horses are considered “big” for draft horses--the breed has held world records in both largest overall horse and tallest horse at various times throughout history. Despite only being a year old, April Dawn and May Flowers Fancy will have no problem reaching over the fence to greet you and your family. They both are black in color, with a white blaze down their noses. May Flowers Fancy has an extra streak of white down her side, making it easy for visitors to tell the two apart.

Children's Zoo members are invited to be the first to meet these gentle giants during our Members Only Weekend, April 16th and 17th, from 10:00am - 5:00pm. The general public can come nose-to-nose with April Dawn and May Flowers Fancy when we open to the public starting April 23rd, 10:00am – 5:00pm.

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Equus caballus ShireHorses forweb1

Family

  • Equidae

Common Names

  • Shire Horse

Lifespan

  • Captivity: 25-30 years
  • Highest recorded: 61 years

Size

  • Height at shoulder: Average 5.7 feet

Range

  • The Shire horse breed originates in England

Diet

  • In the wild: Wild grasses
  • At the zoo: Timothy/alfalfa hay daily with grain, treats, and fresh produce as enrichment or reward.

Special adaptations

  • Draught horses are known for their potential as beasts of burden.

Interesting facts

  • Shire horses were a highly used horse throughout Europe up until World War I and II. After these wars improvements in mechanization caused demand for these horses to drop, a population of 550,000 in 1939 to a population of around 5000 in 1972, near extinction.
  • They boast a proud heritage in the middle ages. The “Great War Horses” these horses are descended from are said to be those that Roman armies of antiquity and English heavily armored knights of the middle ages rode into battle. These knights in full plate armor often weighed in excess of 400lbs!

Conservation status

  • CITES –Appendix I
  • IUCN –Not Evaluated

Sources

  1. Appendices I, II, and III of CITES. (February 5, 2015) Accessed January 2016. http://www.cites.org/eng/app/appendices.php
  2. Cotebrook and Country Park Shire Horse Centre. Shire Horse History. Accessed March 31, 2016.http://www.cotebrookshirehorses.co.uk/p/207/Shire_Horse_History
  3. Encyclopedia of Life. Horses. Accessed Feb 2016. http://www.eol.org/pages/328648/details
  4. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. (2015) Accessed January 2016. http://www.iucnredlist.org/apps/redlist/search
  5. Oklahoma State University, Breeds of Livestock – Shire Horses. Accessed March 31, 2016.http://www.ansi.okstate.edu/breeds/horses/shire/

 

Children's Zoo is FELINE great about new wild cat residents!


With tiny paws and big attitudes, the zoo's newest feline residents may be small, but they sure are mighty. Meeka and Tut are two black-footed cats, a species of wild cat found in Africa. Although they average only six pounds as an adult, don't let their small size fool you! These tenacious cats are fierce predators in the wild African grasslands and deserts, often hunting over ten prey items a night! Meeka website

Meeka is an eight year old female and Tut is an eight and a half year old male. They arrived late last year from the Birmingham Zoo, and have settled in nicely in the former serval exhibit down by the barnyard. 

For a black-footed cat, Tut is very laid back. While he may still give animal care staff a sassy hiss once in a while, he often spends his days lounging inside a log. Meeka, on the other hand, has some attitude! Between the two of them, Meeka is definitely the boss. She is independent and highly intelligent, excelling at her training. The two enjoy snacking on mice and playing with snake sheds, as well as scratching their claws against a large log. 

According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the black-footed cat species is considered to be “vulnerable.” This means that their wild populations are on the decline heading toward becoming endangered and, if something is not done to remedy the problems they face, the species may go extinct. Black-footed cats face population pressures due to habitat destruction and degradation, threats from hunters, and poison traps set for other predators.  While populations in Botswana and South Africa are protected by law making it illegal to hunt them, many factors contribute to continued population decline. While Meeka and Tut are not currently a breeding pair, the two have been in the past, and may become one in the future.

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Tut website