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ABC's of Roos-N-More Zoo

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S: ABC's of Roos-N-More Zoo

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FC: Roos-N-More Zoo | A B C's of

1: Dedicated to the coolest three years of my life: Nearly three years ago I stumbled on a website for a little place in Moapa, NV. I found my heart at Roos-N-More; there's a magic here that allows humans a glimpse in to the lives of animals that most people can only read about in books. It has been the greatest adventure of my life so far. I wanted to be able to share that experience with as many as I could. Learning about the animals at the zoo has been exciting and thrilling, with each new animal's arrival the staff has to learn a whole new set of behaviors, quirks, information, diet, poop color, and so much more! Who knew Pacas peed on their mates, Three-banded armadillos manly parts are nearly the length of their bodies, Binturongs scream when they are annoyed, Otters make great dentists, and Camels can learn not to spit. I've had the chance to kiss camels, pet porcupines, see inside a kangaroo's pouch, be a tree branch for a sloth, have a monkey in my shirt, smell a binturong, smell like a lot of things, and hang out with some of the coolest people on the planet. Remember, "If you don't have four different flavors of poop on you by noon, you're not working hard enough!" Enjoy your learning your ABC's all over again! Learning your ABC's at Roos-N-More Zoo is more fun than a barrel of monkeys and learning animal facts is just as easy and fun too. | LynnLee

2: is for armadillo! Three banded armadillos are the only armadillo that can roll all the way up in to a ball! These guys have tough plates of armor and their head and tail fit perfectly together to keep the predators out. | A | is for alpaca. These animals have "fleece" or "fiber" instead of fur or wool and are easily domesticated. They are very curious and people love their goofy appearance! They can be traced all the way back to the Incan people and were first domesticated in Peru! | A

3: is for Binturong. Also known as bearcats, these animals aren't related to bears or cats, but cousins of the weasel. They are members of the order Carnivora, but enjoy dining mostly on fruit! The Strangler Fig Tree actually owes its seeds' dispersal to the Binturong as this is one of their favorite foods! They also have a very pleasant odor of buttered popcorn! YUM!!! | B

4: is for Coatimundi! Coatis are basically just South America's version of a raccoon. They inhabit numerous regions including the Andes mountains, the rainforest, and even the deserts of the southern U.S. They use their long nose to find all sorts of scrumptious snacks like lizards, bugs, eggs, and fruit! | C | is for Cavy. One of the world's largest rodents. These South American critters are strict grazers. They usually live in large herds and help take care of each other's young. Mom's will even nurse their sister's babies. They can also run 35 MPH and jump six feet straight in the air to escape predators! | C

5: is for Camel! Bactrian camels have two humps filled with fat (not water) and reside in areas like Mongolia! They are the largest camel and are also endangered. | They are specially adapted for life in the sand, with long eyelashes to keep out the dust and feet that spread out with each step to keep them from sinking. | C

6: is for Donkey. These loving, stubborn, and hard-working equines communicate by braying, that hee haw noise we're all familiar with. They aren't easily startled but are easy to train. Miniature donkeys actually originated in the Mediterranean and are their own true breed, not bred down from donkeys. | D | D | is for deer, Muntjac deer actually. These small forest dwelling deer, stand about a foot and a half tall and are known as barking deer, because of the noise they make when there is trouble near. They are also considered a prehistoric deer since they still have canine teeth suggesting they have recent meat eating ancestors.

7: is for Emu. Australia is home to some of the strangest of the planet's animals and the emu are not to be excluded. They sometimes have a reputation for not being very friendly, but it's more likely their eye-ball sized brain has more to do with their temperament. They, like kangaroos, can not walk backwards and are seen as a symbol of progress to the Australian people. A reminder to keep moving forward. They also lay giant teal green eggs that the male incubates ! | E

8: is for feathers which serve many functions, insulation, aerodynamics, color for communication, and even camouflage. Most birds have thousands of feathers all attached to tiny muscles that raise and lower them. A bird's feathers weigh 2-3 times more than the bird! Also any bird with red feathers get that way from what they eat...the carotenoid pigment that causes the color can not be produced by the bird! | F

9: is for Goat. Fainting goats have a genetic defect that actually causes their muscles to seize up when they are startled. So they don't really faint, just can't move very fast for several seconds. | G

10: is for Hairy Screaming Armadillo. Whoever named this armadillo didn't have to be too creative. They're bellies are covered in hair (first clue they're a mammal) and when they feel threatened they let out an awful yell! | H

11: is for insectivore. These bug loving animals and reptiles can't get their fill of eating insects. Some like the Tamandua have to eat 9,000 ants and termites a day to stay full. Many don't have teeth and those who do have flat molars for grinding up their yummy bugs. | I

12: is for Joey! Joey's are baby kangaroos, wallabies, or wallaroos! All are born about the size of a jelly bean and have to make a long trek up to mom's pouch, where they start drinking TONS of milk. Depending on the species a joey will stay in mom's pouch for as little as 6 months to as long as 18 months! | J

13: is for Kinkajou. They have a 5 inch long tongue they use to reach their favorite foods, nectar and honey! They have a major sweet tooth and even though most people think they look like monkeys (maybe because of their prehensile tail) they are actually in the carnivore order and related to racoons and coatimundis! | K | is for kangaroo! These Australian critters have a VERY strong tail and can actual support the weight of their whole body on it while they kick with their powerful back feet! | K

14: is for Lemur. There are over 100 different species of lemur and all of them reside on the island of Madagascar. They are the highest level of primate that developed there and are classified as Prosimians. All lemurs have developed to fill very specific niches in the wilds of Madagascar and are very specialized! | L

15: is for Monkey. Monkeys come in all shapes and sizes. New World monkeys like capuchins and squirrel monkeys come from the rainforests of South America and are very smart, clever, and curious. Old World monkeys like the Mona Guenon call Africa home and have developed numerous defense mechanisms to keep them safe from predators like doing back-flips and being arboreal (living in the trees). | M

16: is for Nocturnal. Nocturnality is a form of crypsis, an adaptation to avoid or enhance predation. Owls and bushbabies for instance are nocturnal because their prey is too. | is for Owl. The Eurasian Eagle Owl is one of the largest owls and very similar in appearance to our North American Great Horned Owl. Both these species hunt at night and use their sharp talons to grab their prey. Learning how to work with these magnificent animals requires the knowledge of falconry. An ancient partnership between birds of prey and humans. | O | N

17: is for Otter. Asian Small-Clawed Otter to be exact. The smallest of all the otter species, this playful little animal make 12 different vocalizations and actually catches their prey with their hands which includes various crustaceans along the shores of their freshwater habitats all over Asia. | O

18: is for Paca. This South American rodent is one of the top five largest, weighing in at 30-40 lbs. They are crucial to seed dispersal, in essence every time they poop they plant a tree! Their mating rituals are also amazing, after the female does a beautiful dance with jumps and turns and twists, the male lets her know he thinks she's great by peeing all over her! How romantic! They also have an amazing ability to freeze totally still, for up to 45 minutes, when threatened and blend in with their surroundings. Some people might think they are nocturnal because of their big eyes and whiskers but they are really crepuscular which means to be awake at dawn and at dusk. | P

19: is for Quills! Animals like hedgehogs and porcupines have developed a unique sense of style and defense! These animals are equipped with quills which are just modified hair and can be shed just like we shed our hair. No, porcupines can not shoot their quills. They need to engage in quill to skin contact! Some quills like the Coendu's, or prehensile tailed porcupine's, are barbed and actually act like a fish hook when they get stuck in their predator's skin. The African Crested Porcupine doesn't have barbed quills but has hollow ones at the base of their tail they shake like a rattle to ward off predators while they retreat back in to the safety of their burrows. Hedgehogs can roll up tight in to a ball and make themselves look and feel just like a pin cushion. All quills have an oily substance that makes you itch if you happen to have the misfortune of coming in contact with one! | Q

20: is for reptile! Reptiles include animals like Red-tailed Boas, Blue-tongued Skinks, and even African Spurred Tortoises! They have some of the coolest adaptations, like how the Red-tailed boas are Ovoviviparous! This means they carry their eggs around inside of them until they are ready to hatch and then give birth to live hatchlings! Great way to protect your babies, mom! All reptiles are Ectothermic which means they use environmental heat sources like the sun or hot rocks to regulate their body temperature, in turn they can consume less food and expend the same amount of energy as a mammal! | R

21: is for Sloth. Sloths are amazing creatures, and the slowest mammal on the planet. With a very slow metabolism they sleep 18 hours a day and have the lowest and most variable body temperature (74 to 92 degrees F) of any mammal. That slow metabolism also helps them survive injuries that might kill another animal. This also means they are a zookeeper's dream since they only go to the bathroom about once or twice a week! | S

22: is for Tamandua! The lesser anteater is an arboreal (tree-dwelling) insectivore that has a 14 inch long tongue! They use their big front claws to pull bark off the branches and get to the insects underneath! They don't have teeth and their mouth only opens as wide as a pencil but they need to eat up to 9,000 ants/day in order to keep their bodies going! They also have semi-prehensile tails that helps with their tree-dwelling lifestyle! | T

23: is for ungulate. Ungulates are any animal with hooves! There are even toed ungulates like pigs, camels, and cows, and odd toed ungulates like horses, zebra, and zedonks! | U

24: is for Vertebrates! That's any animal with a backbone! Reptiles, mammals, birds, fish, sharks, rays, and amphibians! That's ALOT of very different animals all in one group! Mammals can have anywhere from 17-61plus vertebrae with most of the variation made up by the tail! Most mammals have the same number of cervical vertebrae like humans, giraffe, and mice all have 7 neck vertebrae! | V

25: is for Wallaby. These animals are some of the smaller members of the kangaroo family. Bennett's Wallabies are more nocturnal in nature than most wallabies. Swamp wallabies are named for the strange odor they have. All wallabies are herbivores which means they eat plants! | W

26: is for xylophagous. Meaning and animal that feeds on wood. This word is typically used to refer to insects, but for the sake of the ABC book we're making a stretch to the North American Beaver! These rodents have ever growing teeth that can only be filed down by munching away on their favorite diet of wood, bark, and leaves. Their broad flat tail is not only used in building their dams but also to slap the water to warn their families of approaching danger. They also use the lake bottom as a refrigerator, sticking branches down in the mud and fetching them in winter when food is sparse. | X

27: is for you! That's right you're an animal too! Humans are mammals just like many of the animals at Roos-N-More Zoo! | Y

28: is for Zebra! These African equids live in herds (large groups) which aid in their camouflage. Their predators can't pick out just one zebra they just see a sea of black and white! Speaking of black and white did you know that Zebras have black skin and black and white stripes! They are also five times stronger than a horse! | Z

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  • Title: ABC's of Roos-N-More Zoo
  • An ABC Book about all the animals at Roos-N-More Zoo in Moapa!
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