Friday, August 22, 2008

Burgers Zoo: Rimba

part five of the Burgers Zoo series: the Rimba and the rest of the zoo.
The Rimba groups animals from Southeast Asia, like the Sun Bear (Helarctos malayanus), the smallest of all bear species. Baloo from the Jungle Book is a Sun Bear, which is most obvious when you look at his claws (the artists at Disney always make a point of watching the animals they will draw)
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the bears share their enclosure with two Binturongs, am animal the size of a small dog that resembles a cross between a cat/weasle and a bear. They share a family with civets and genets.
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a Banteng (Bos javanicus), a wild cattle species that are also kept as working animals, but they are endangered. The one in the photo is a female, the males are black.
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a Siamang (Symphalangus syndactylus), a Gibbon species
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a female Yellow-cheeked Gibbon (Nomascus gabriellae) - the males are black
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here's a video of them singing in the morning to mark their territory. Note how the female's song is different form the male's. The calls you hear in the background are the Siamangs.


a Sumatran Tiger
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Burgers Zoo is well-known for it's chimpanzee group. The primatologist Frans de Waal has written a book about them and the zoo was the first worldwide to keep a big group of chimps together, the family now consists of around 1 individuals.
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Now we leave the Rimba, but there's still more to see.
Meerkats
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a Pygmy hippo
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a Blue Duiker (Philantomba monticola), a very small antelope species, only a foot or so high
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a wartjog
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a South American Tapir (Tapirus terrestris)
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a Great Bittern (Botaurus stellaris)
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a Black-crowned Night Heron, (Nycticorax nycticorax)
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a Spoonbill
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and a large family group of Coatis
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they were enjoying some kind of food frozen into blocks of ice
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I hope you enjoyed the tour! If you have the chance, visit yourself, it will be a great experience.

1 comment:

Esteban Loeschbor said...

the sumatra tiger picture its amazing.
your blog its great. thanks for share all this lovely photos. its an awesome reference material, for people like me, who is training to get better in drawing.
sorry for my bad english.
greetings. peace.