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Monday, January 28, 2013

More Animals at Busch Gardens

Here are pictures of some more of the interesting animals that we had the opportunity to view at Busch Gardens in Tampa, Florida on January 12.

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Eland Antelopes

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The Grevy's Zebra's stripes don't go all the way around its belly.
 
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The stripes of the Burchell's Zebra, on the other hand, do extend around the belly.

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Marabou Stork

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Ostrich

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Orangutan

The Orangutans weren't part of the Serengeti Railway tour. They were in a separate enclosure, and photos of them had to be taken though not-exactly-clean windows. There was another Orangutan up on a platform, provided for their climbing enjoyment. There were ropes running between the raised platforms, giving the animals opportunity to engage in the climbing and swinging activity that they would enjoy in the wild.


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Orangutan moving from one raised platform to another

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Apparently contemplating his next move

15 comments:

  1. absolutely looks like he's playing chess! :)

    love the difference in the zebra stripes. one with the plain belly definitely looks slimmer. ;)

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  2. Well,another new thing I learned,about the Zebra.Blogging should be considered educational and not just a social media.

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  3. No need to go on safari. I'll just follow you around. You know how to get the best pictures.

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  4. The storks are super cool! How did I not know that there is more than one type of zebra? The look of contemplation on the orangutan's face is so funny! Such a serious fella. You sure captured some wonderful shots of God's creatures.

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  5. Theresa - I love your "chess" analogy. And you've hit on the reason I don't wear stripes around my middle. :)

    Ruth - I agree with you. I learn so much from other bloggers. And I didn't know about the different kinds of zebras before either.

    Stephen - You're welcome to follow me around on safari any time you'd like. :)

    Gail - I didn't know about the zebras either. I loved TexWisGirl's description of the look on the orangutan's face as being like that of a serious chess player. He was probably just looking down at the cameras and wondering when they would go away. :)

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  6. I didn't realize there were different zebras -- thanks for the education. I really like your last photo of the thoughtful orangutan.

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    1. George - Welcome to the "Zebra Ignorance Club." :) As TexWisGirl says, that orangutan looks like he's studying his next chess move, doesn't he?

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  7. I love the orangatans best,they are so fun to watch.

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  8. Great photos from your time at Busch Gardens, Linda... Think I told you that I have been there --but it was many years ago. Don't think they had the train back then and I think that the gardens were much smaller. I'm impressed with it now --so we'll need to go there sometime.
    Hugs
    Betsy

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  9. Following your Blog is not only entertaining with fantastic pictures but also educational with all your facts! Now for a question...are zebras a close cousin to the horse? And if so, being a horse lover and expert do people race them? Just wondering :)

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  10. Steve - I agree about the orangutans. They're very entertaining.

    Thanks, Betsy. This was our first time there, but I think it's worth doing more than once.

    Diane - Thanks for the kind words. Zebras ARE related to horses, but they have proven difficult to domesticate. Besides, have you looked at that bony ridge down their backs. Doesn't look very comfortable to me. :)

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  11. I just loves zebras (and giraffes which I failed to mention on the prior comment. And that face in the last pic is just so endearing.

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    1. Hilary - Orangutans are so much fun to watch. Their faces are so expressive. I wonder if they think the same things about us. :)

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  12. The difference between the Zebra's stripes is new to me. Count me as a new member of your "Zebra Ignorance Club." :)

    After reading about providing enjoying activities to the Orangutans, I have to mention a radio program I was listening to a few days ago. There was an interview with a pig farmer who was explaining how important it is to offer the pigs some forms of activity and enjoyment to make them feel better and healthy. E.g. he fixed metal chains which they could lick and said that these activities prevent unwanted behaviour such as gnawing one another. It's not healthy to be bored... :)

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    1. Petra - Some friends of mine, back when I had horses, used to give their stallion a partially deflated basketball to play with. You're right...it's not healthy to be bored...for any of us. :)

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