Species: Red Panda
Home: Edmonton Valley Zoo, Canada
Jesse Popowicz / City of Edmonton
Still sporting the grayish fur of babyhood, Tai and Pip will soon develop the thick, rusty-colored fur of adult red pandas.
The word panda means bamboo-eater in Nepalese, so it’s no surprise to learn that these raccoon-sized critters love to munch on tasty bamboo leaves. Scientists continue to debate their relationship to another famous bamboo-eater, the much larger black-and-white giant panda.
Wild red panda populations are threatened by deforestation and poaching for their fur. In China, red panda tails are prized for making hats!
Species: Banded Mongoose
Home: Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo, Indiana
Status: Least Concern
Cheryl Piropato / Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo
Sasa is one of six siblings, including brothers Shangaza, Shitua, Sitini, and Shukuru, and sister, Sena.
Banded mongooses are champion chompers, with needlelike teeth for eating insects, lizards, and small rodents, which are excavated with sharp claws.
Extremely social, mongooses are rarely alone. Even when sleeping, they pile together in a furry heap.
Species: Loggerhead Sea Turtle
Home: SeaWorld Orlando, Florida
D.O.B.: August 2009
Just one week old when Hurricane Bill struck, these loggerhead sea turtle hatchlings never completed their dangerous journey to the sea. Instead, they were scooped up by park rangers and sent to SeaWorld Orlando’s Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation Team for a few days of pampering until the seas calmed down.
Though these little loggerheads made it to safety, many do not. Street lights and human activity can lure hatchlings toward traffic instead of the ocean.
In the United States, conservationists patrol beaches to locate turtle nests, count eggs, and protect them from beach visitors, dogs, and raccoons.
After falling from her mother’s pouch, little Rooby was quickly rescued by zookeepers. But keepers were unable to determine which female ’roo had lost her joey, so they fashioned a fleece pouch for Rooby and successfully nursed her with a bottle.
Darlene Stack / Assiniboine Park Zoo
The largest of all kangaroos, red kangaroos can be found in nearly all parts of Australia.
© 2010 ZooBorns LLC
- Simon & Schuster |
- 160 pages |
- ISBN 9781451609769 |
- November 2010