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There are a lot of new and exciting things happening at Living Treasures Moraine!
During the off-season, there have been many renovations around the park:
The completion of the projects listed above will allow us to continue to build our organization and improve the quality of life for all of the park residents.
Meet "Big Chief," a White Bison Bull new to Living Treasures Moraine in July, 2014. In wild herds, it is believed that only 1 in 10 million Bison are white, and we have TWO at our park! Big Chief joins Bubbles and Pokie, our other Bison, in the safari area of the park.
Two Alpaca Crias were born at the park- the male on July 3rd, and the female on July 5th, 2014. Baby Alpacas are called "Crias," and you can meet these adorable babies in the Alpaca exhibit, located next to the Aviary.
Northern Tamandua- Mother and new baby!
Meet Mila and Angelina, 2 Northern Tamanduas new to Living Treasures Moraine.
Tamanduas are often called the "lesser Anteater" because it is much smaller than its relative, the Giant Anteater. Their tongues can measure up to 40 cm long! It's covered in bristly hairs that point towards the mouth, and this helps to pick up ants and termites since they lack teeth.
Baby Mila was born on April 23, 2014, and you can find them in their exhibit on the side of the Photo Center building.
Camel calves! Jasmine, born on March 22nd and Sophia, born on March 20th, 2014. You can meet these very special babies in the Petting Area where you can get lots of camel kisses. Jasmine and Sophia are half sisters which both carry what is widely considered the top camel genetics in the world. Jasmine is one of just a couple hundred "Paint" Camels to have ever existed. Paint Camels are distinguished by their clashing white brown and black colors as well as the very rare blue eyes.
Chilean Flamingo Chicks. You may wonder why they look different than the pink Chilean Flamingos! The answer is that when they hatch, chicks have gray feathers, and they won't turn pink until two to three years old.
These Flamingo chicks were hatched in October 2012, and are new to Living Treasures Moraine this season.
Charlotte is our new Zebra colt born April 3rd, 2014. She lives in the petting zoo area with our camel calves.
Meet Sven, a Reindeer calf that was born on April 12th, 2014.You can find him in the Reindeer pen, and he is adorable.
RJ is our pony that was born on April 19th, 2014. He lives in the petting zoo area of the park with his mom, Buttercup.
New Primate Building
This new building was our biggest new construction this season, and houses our new Common Squirrel Monkeys and White-Faced Capuchins. This is located across from the Tiger exhibit, and includes 2 indoor and 2 outdoor enclosures for you to view these monkeys
Common Squirrel Monkeys are one of the few species of New World monkeys that do not have a prehensile tail. Instead, they use their hands and feet to move through the middle canopy of the forests of South America.
White-Face Capuchin Monkeys are thought to be one of the most intelligent monkeys in the world. They frequently groom each other, and have complex social lives.
Eastern Mountain Bongo
Many people will ask....what is an Eastern Mountain Bongo?
They are among the largest of the African forest antelope species, and are characterized by their striking reddish-brown coat, black and white markings, white-yellow stripes and long spiralled horns. Both male and female Bongos have horns.
Cool Fact: Despite their long horns, they can run amazingly fast by tilting their chin up, causing the horns to lie flat against their back.
Our Bongo's name is Nemo, and you can find him in the safari area.
A cool new Macaw exhibit!
No, you aren't seeing things...there isn't an actual enclosure there! We have 3 new Macaws: a Scarlet Macaw named Chester, a Hyacinth Macaw named Michael, and a Green-Winged Macaw named Stevie. As of opening, just Chester the Scarlet Macaw is on display, but the others will be out on exhibit shortly. Chester is perch-trained, and hangs out with visitors right out in the open. This cool new exhibit is located just outside of the gift shop, across from the Flamingos.
If you visited us late last year, you may remember the White-Handed Gibbons. Since they came so late in the season, we are introducing them here!
Dudley and Daphne are our 2 Gibbons, and they love to interact! They will come down to get a closer look at you, making for some excellent photo opportunities. Gibbons are often mistaken for monkeys, when they are in fact categorized as Apes. They are known for their loud unmistakable call that you can hear from anywhere in the park. Be sure to listen for the loud "whooping" call on your next visit!
New Muntjac Exhibit
Our Muntjacs have a brand new exhibit in the Safari area, across from the Ostrich enclosure. They have a lot of room to run, but will still make sure to come over for some food!
Muntajcs are the second smallest of all deer, with adults ranging from 15-25 pounds. Despite their size, they are one of the most audible deer and can bark loudly for up to 20 minutes in order to find a mate.
New African Crowned Crane Exhibit
Our Crowned Cranes now have a lot of space to run and relax! Their exhibit is now behind the Muntjac exhibit in the safari area, just as you pass the Photo and Education Center.
African Crowned Cranes are considered to be "Living Fossils" among cranes, having lived 54-38 million years ago.
New African Crested Porcupine Exhibit
This new exhibit can be found across from the new African Crowned Crane exhibit, and located directly behind the Photo and Education Center. They are enjoying their new exhibit so far, and are looking forward to visitors!
These porcupines are the largest rodents in Africa, and they will erect the spines on their back when threatened. Even the native lions won't challenge an angry porcupine.
Other new species include: rare Magpie Geese along with several other species of waterfowl.
Come see our new Tamandua Exhibit!
Tamanduas live in forests and grasslands, are semiarboreal, and possess partially prehensile tails. They mainly eat ants and termites, but they occasionally eat bees, beetles, and insect larvae. In captivity, they will eat fruits and meat. They have no teeth and depend on their powerful gizzards to break down their food. Their new exhibit is located int he former prairie dog exhibit beside the Patagonian Cavies and Blue-Eared Pheasants. Come check out their 16 inch tongues.
Timber Wolf Puppies now on exhibit.
Come meet Josh and Nora. They are Timber Wolf Puppies that were born on March 1st, 2014. They are at that perfect age of playfulness that provides plenty of entertainment. Their brand new exhibit is located across from the Parrot exhibit by the front entrance. Don't miss your chance to see these young playful pups.
Stayed tuned for more updates, species added, and new exhibit news.