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EXOTIC ANIMALS

      It's the ULTIMATE FAMILY ADVENTURE! And it is ONLY at the Tupelo Buffalo Park and Zoo!


Some of our Exotic Animals include:

 

  • Hedgehog                                                             Hedgehogs have a coat of stiff, sharp spines. If attacked they will curl into a prickly and unappetizing ball that deters most predators. They usually sleep in this position during the day and awaken to search for food at night.

     

  • Kangaroos                                                                                        A kangaroo can survive on very little water; sometimes going for many weeks without it - most of the moisture they need is gained from their food - grass, young shoots and leaves from certain trees.

  • Wallabies                                                                                                 A male wallaby is called a boomer, and a female is called a flyer.  A young is called a joey.

  • "Oliver & Patty" the White-faced Capuchins          The Capuchin Monkey's name was inspired from the monkey's beautiful coloring. The Capuchin Monkey's coloring closely resembles the color of the cowls worn by the Franciscan Capuchin Catholic Friars. Their bodies, including the arms, legs and tail are black or dark brown while the face and upper body including the the monkey's throat and chest area is white. The Capuchin Monkey's head is crowned with a black area that looks like a cap. The Capuchin Monkey's beautiful colors are quite attractive and make this animal very attractive.

  • "Bubba" the Java Macque                                              Javas' are the smaller of the macaques with females weighing 10lbs-13lbs and about 20" in height. Males are around 18lbs-20lbs and 25" in height. Their tails are about as long as their body length. Javas' hair coloring varies from gray or dark brown to reddish or yellow when they are adults. Babies are born black.

  • "Kiki" the African Lion                                                    African lions are born blind and do not open their eyes for a few weeks. They can run up to 50 miles per hour but only for a short distance.

  • "Bandit" the Black Bear                                                Although they are carnivores, Black Bears eat very little meat. Instead, they live on grasses and other plants in spring, fruits and berries in summer, and nuts and acorns in fall. Black Bears head for a den in October and sleep much of the winter but they do not enter the deep phase of true hibernation.

  • "Gypsy" the Cougar                                                                        A cougar can jump upward 18 feet from a sitting position. They can leap up to 40 feet horizontally. Cougars cannot roar like a lion, but they can make calls like a human scream. Kittens are born with their eyes closed like the domestic cat. Their baby-blue eyes open at around two weeks and change to greenish-yellow in about 16-months.             

  • "Sal" the Bengal Tiger  (Will be Greatly Missed)

Bengal tigers have white spots, called “flashes” on the back of their ears. These may be used to signal aggression, when the tiger swivels and flattens his ears in a confrontation. The mighty roar of a Bengal can be heard up to two miles away. When tigers hunt, they catch prey large enough to last for several meals. 

  • "Tall Boy & Patches" our Giraffes (they'll eat out of your hands!)                                                                         A giraffe's heart weighs an incredible 24 pounds. In one minute, the heart of a giraffe can pump 160 gallons of blood. A full grown giraffe's neck can weigh as much as 500 pounds. They can clean their ears with a 21-inch tongue!

  • "Joe"  the Camel                                                                Camels do not store water in their humps… the hump is actually a reservoir of fatty tissue… when this tissue is metabolized, it acts as a source of energy, and yields more than 1 gallon of water for each 1 gallon of fat that is converted… their kidneys and intestine are able to hold water… because of this ability, the camel can live in very dry and hot climates and go without water for long periods of time.

 

  • "Zeke, Zack, Zoie & Zelda" the Zebras                     Zebras can run up to 40 miles per hour and baby zebras can run an hour after they are born! Not only can you tell what type of zebra it is by its stripes, but no zebra has exactly the same stripes. 

  • "Cinderella & Cruella" the Llamas                          The llama can spit a distance of 10 feet or more to tell other llamas to stay away! Llamas are members of the camel (camelid) family. An average llama has a weight of 375 pounds.

  • Fallow Deer                                                                        This deer has a spotted coat and flat tipped antlers. Female fallow deer live in herds, but the adult males live alone. Each female gives birth to one fawn in early summer. Though the fawn can stand soon after birth it spends most of the time safely out of sight until several weeks old.

  • "Ricardo" the Burmese Pythons                                                      When young Burmese Pythons spend much of their time in the trees. When they mature and their size and weight make tree climbing unwieldy, they transition to mainly ground-dwelling. They are also excellent swimmers, and can stay submerged for up to 30 minutes before surfacing for air.

 

  • Coatimundi                                                            
    Primarily omnivorous, coatis usually seek out fruits and invertebrates. Coatis eat palms, eggs, larval beetles, scorpions, centipedes, spiders, ants, termites, lizards, small mammals, rodents, and carrion when it is available. They infrequently take chickens.

 

  • Exotic Birds

 

  • Emus                                                                                        Emus live in small mobs and feast on a simple diet of grasses, seeds, fruit, flowers and small insects. They drink water regularly, at least once a day in winter and twice a day in summer and sometimes drink up to four gallons a day. Therefore they can usually be found within walking distance of water. When drinking they can take up to 70 mouthfuls of water and they lift their head after each one.
  • Yaks                                                                                 Yaks possess great lung capacity so they can absorb more oxygen. Their digestive system is also designed to keep them warm.

 

  • African Turtles Louie, Asteroid and Turtlie these were named by Elizah Thompson. Thank you Elizah for giving our turtles their names.

 

  • Water Buffalo                                                                   The size of a water buffalo measures to about 5-6 feet shoulder height. On an average, an adult water buffalo weighs about 1100-2000 pounds. The main distinguishing features between of a male water buffalo are presence of deep ridges on the body and long backward curving, crescent shaped horns.
 
  Exotic Animals


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