Monday, April 14, 2014

Wildwood Otters Playing in the April Snow

It seems that spring is going to have to wait a few more days before those much anticipated signs of spring are visible. Just when we think spring is on its way - it snows.

Rather than grumble and complain - we decided to take our cue from the otters and enjoy whatever Mother Nature hands you!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Phase One of the Wildwood Wildlife Park Expansion: Wildwood Educational & Events Center

In the late fall of 2013 Wildwood Wildlife Park purchased an additional 65 acres, as part of the zoo’s vision to constantly evolve and attract visitors, with new animals, new exhibits, new educational center, and more ways to interact with some animals.

This new acreage has more than doubled the size of the park for a total of 100 acres.

The projects will be done in several phases over the next five years. The first phase is the Educational and Events Center.

The educational area will house live bees, where viewers will witness the honeybees performing their specialized 
duties to produce honey, educational exhibits, and interactive displays.

The center will also be able to be rented for birthdays, meetings, and small wedding events.

In the future, Wildwood Wildlife Park would like to host over night camps for kids.  

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Bellatrix, Our Baby Binturong

Chances are the newest addition to the Wildwood Wildlife Park is an animal that is new to you. Meet Bellatrix, a baby binturong, also known as a bear cat. Its genus name Arctictis means ‘bear-weasel’ and it’s easy to see why. The name is misleading since binturongs are not related to bears or cats.

Binturong’s are native to South and Southeast Asia where they are can be found in the tropical rain forests. Binturongs are active during day and night. While binturongs spend most of their time in trees, they usually have to climb down
to get from tree to tree, since they are not nearly as acrobatic as monkeys. They move about gently, often coming to a stop, clinging to a branch often using their tail in order to keep its balance. They walk flat-footed, and, when waddling around on the ground their gait resembles that of a bear.

Binturong’s have a very distinctive smell - that of buttered popcorn! As pleasing as it might be to the human nose, that scent serves a purpose in the wild to let other binturongs know that they are trespassing on another binturongs territory; this same scent is also used to discourage a would-be predator.

Female binturongs usually give birth to 1 or 2 babies and weigh 5 ounces at birth. Adults can grow up to 2 to 3 feet in length and weigh between 30 and 50 pounds; their tails can grow from 19 to 33 inches in length. 

Binturong Area Photo Credit: Wikipedia

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Another Addition To The Wildwood Wildlife Park Nursery: Bennett's Wallaby

It may be cold and snowy outside but inside Wildwood Wildlife Park, even the return of winter can’t dampen the excitement surrounding our newest addition to the nursery: Reeka, a Bennett’s Wallaby also known as the Red-necked Wallaby.

Wallaby’s and kangaroos are part of the marsupial family. Young wallabies are known as “joeys”, like many other marsupials. Adult male wallabies are referred to as “bucks” while adult female wallabies are knowns as “does.”

The Red-necked Wallaby can be distinguished from other wallabies by its white cheek markings, the red coloring on the neck and by their black nose and paws. . The rest of the Red-necked Wallaby’s body fur is colored grey to red with a white or pale grey abdomen. Their muzzle, paws and toes are black in color.

Wallabies are herbivores whose diet consists of grasses, roots, vegetables and tree leaves. Red-necked wallabies are mainly solitary but will gather together when there is an abundance of resources such as food, water or shelter. Red-necked Wallabies are mainly nocturnal; they spend most of the daytime resting.

Red-necked Wallabies are found in coastal forests throughout the coastal and highland are of eastern Australia. 

Wallabies, like all marsupials, are pouched mammals. A female bears one offspring at a time; the baby stays in the pouch for about 280 days. The pouch acts as a warm, safe place where the joey grows.

Map of Australia and Joey-Face-In-Pouch Photo Source: Wikipedia