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BC: Made just for you by Ms. O'Brien

FC: Zoo Atlanta & Cyclorama April 27, 2011

1: Are the animals ready for Mrs. Bocklage's crazy bunch of 4th graders???

2: African Elephants (Loxodonta africana) | ~Elephants have four brick-sized molars. ~An elephant’s trunk has over 40,000 muscles and tendons allowing them to pick up anything from a log to a single blade of grass. ~Elephants are highly intelligent and acquire a large degree of information throughout their lives.

3: Zebra (Equus quagga) ~Located in the African plains ~No two zebras have the same stripe pattern. | Black Rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis) ~Located in the African plains ~Black rhinos can run up to 30 miles per hour. | ~Rhino horns are made of keratin, the same material that is in human hair and fingernails. | ~Zebras are grazing herbivores, eating primarily grasses.

4: Warthog (Phacochoerus africanus) The warthog has poor vision but its senses of smell and hearing are good. When alarmed, the warthog grunts or snorts, lowers its mane, flattens its ears and bolts for underground cover. | Radiated Tortoise (Geochelone radiata) The shell has nerves so it can feel when it is being touched. They live in the southern and southwestern part of the island of Madagascar | Meerkat (Suricata suricatta) Meerkats live in a matriarchal society, which means that the dominant female is the leader of the group. | African Lion (Panthera leo) A lion’s roar can be heard for a distance of up to five miles.

5: Blue-bellied Roller (Coracias cyanogaster) Blue-bellied rollers are native to western and central Africa. It eats insects and lizards. Western Crowned Pigeon (Goura cristata) Found in the rainforests of New Guinea, the western crowned-pigeon is the largest pigeon in the world. Argus Pheasant (Argusianus argus) They are found in the jungles of Borneo, Sumatra and Malay and eat fruits, grains, and insects. The call of the male Argus pheasant can be heard from half a mile away. Chilean Flamingo (Phoenicopterus chilensis) Flamingos can live more than 50 years. The “knee” is actually the ankle. The knee itself is much higher on the leg. There are six species of flamingos, and three of these come from high in the cold Andes mountains of South America.

6: Gorillas (Gorilla gorilla) ~Western lowland gorillas are critically endangered, with approximately 100,000 remaining in the wild. ~Zoo Atlanta exhibits the nation’s largest gorilla collection ~Each gorilla has a unique and different nose print, just like humans have different fingerprints. No two are alike! ~Gorillas don’t drink water in the wild. They get the water they need from the food they eat. ~Gorillas are herbivores (plant eaters). They eat leaves, seeds, fruits, flowers, and plant shoots. Sometimes gorillas eat ants. ~Gorillas eat 40-50 pounds of food a day. Of the four types of gorillas, western lowland gorillas eat the most fruit.

7: It was an exciting day at Zoo Atlanta! We caught a glimpse of four very rare primates! | These primates are known for their social behavior. They love to play in trees and chase each other. Their names are: Kyla, Georgie, Sammy, and Tristan.

8: Schmidt's Guenons (Cercopithecus ascanius schmidti) | Schmidt’s guenon groups are usually unfriendly toward other Schmidt’s guenons but will live with other species of monkeys. | Tanuki (Nyctereutes procyonoides) "Raccoon dogs" are omnivores. | Otters (Amblonyx cinereus) Otters eat crabs, snails, crayfish, mollusks, and frogs.

9: Malayan Sun Bear (Helarctos malayanus) ~Sun bears are named for the yellowish markings on their chests. No two “sun” markings are alike! ~Unlike many other bears, sun bears do not hibernate. ~Sun bears will eat everything from insect larvae, honey and fruit to the occasional small reptile or mammal.

10: Komodo Dragon (Varanus komodoensis) ~Komodos use their highly developed sense of smell to locate food. ~Komodo dragons are the only lizards known to attack prey larger than themselves.

11: ~Boa Constrictor ~African Leopard Tortoise ~Yellow Tree Frog ~Anole ~Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake ~Alligator Snapping Turtle

12: Naked Mole Rat (Heterocephalus glaber) They live in tropical grasslands of Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia. They cannot feel pain in their skin. Red Kangaroo (Macropus rufus) Red kangaroos are herbivores and live in the grasslands of Australia. Red kangaroos can hop 40 miles per hour and jump six feet off the ground.

13: Red Panda (Ailurus fulgens) Red pandas live in mountain forests and bamboo thickets in south central Asia, from the Himalayas to southern China. They eat mostly bamboo and typically live alone. Giant Panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) A wild giant panda’s diet is almost exclusively (99 percent) bamboo. Giant pandas live in a few mountain ranges in central China. There are about 1,600 left in the wild. More than 160 pandas live in zoos and breeding centers around the world, mostly in China.

15: The petting zoo resembles an Australian sheep station. The students enjoyed petting the Kunekune pigs, Boer goats, Nigerian dwarf goats, Nubian goats, and Gulf Coast sheep. | New friendships were made!

16: Picture day at Zoo Atlanta!

17: Time for lunch!

18: The Cyclorama of the Battle of Atlanta is the world's largest oil painting, painted in 1885-86 by artists from Germany. It has been shown in Grant Park since 1893.

19: What a wonderful day!

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