African Pygmy Hedgehogs
African Pygmy Hedgehogs at the Zoo: Cholla – surrendered pet Quilliam – surrendered pet Description The African Pygmy Hedgehog (Atelerix albiventris), or four-toed hedgehog, is a tiny mammal…
One of the most intelligent species of bird. Very social – may gather in communal roosts of many thousands in a single grove. They are very opportunistic when it comes to feeding – which they mostly do on the ground.
American Kestrel / Sparrow Hawk
North America’s smallest falcon is also the most widespread. Normally hunts from a high perch, swooping down to capture prey. They have a wide variety of prey options and individuals will often specialize in one type or another.
American White Pelican
One of North America’s largest birds with a wingspan up to 9 feet!! Pelicans don’t carry food in their pouches, they use them to scoop up food but will swallow their catch before flying off.
Artic Foxes have the warmest fur of all the mammals. We will always wonder how…
The bald eagle, with it’s snowy-feathered (not bald) head and white tail, is the proud…
Bearded Dragons are 13 to 24 inches long, including the tail. They are appropriately named bearded dragons because of their “beard,” an expandable throat pouch with spikey scales. They have a broad, triangular head, round bodies, stout legs, and robust tails.
Black bears are not indigenous to Southern California. They were imported…
Box Turtles are mid-sized, terrestrial turtles – about 4-6”– with a high, rounded shell that is dark with many yellow or orange patches. The carapace pattern is variable and becomes less prominent with age. There are four toes on each hind foot.
The hatchlings leave the nest to follow mom into the water when they are…
Unlike many deer, the Fallow deer prefer to go under an obstacle rather than…
Open year round, indoor/outdoor seating
Highly adaptive, large, North American squirrel. In most parts of Southern California their upper body is brown/grey with a brown/orange underside.
A medium-sized muscular snake with smooth, glossy scales, a faded or bleached-out appearance, and a short tail.
Open year round, indoor/outdoor seating
Large and heavy-bodied snake which can reach 9 feet in length, but 4 feet is much more common. On its back are 33 to 66 light to dark brown or reddish blotches.
Great Horned Owl
The Great Horned Owl is a very aggressive nighttime hunter and strikes…
Grizzly bears are magnificent animals. They can be dangerous to humans, particularly if..
King Snake at the Zoo: Zeus Description Highly variable in appearance. Most commonly seen with alternating bands of black or brown and white or light yellow, including the…
They are fairly small but sturdy lizards, and their common name, ‘leopard gecko’ refers to their spotted patterns, predominantly shades of yellow and brown. Their tails are long, about the same length as their torsos.
One of the most abundant ducks in the world and the ancestor to most blood lines of domestic ducks. They forage in water by dabbing or submerging their head and neck; on land, they graze, pluck seeds and will even grub for roots
Red Tailed Hawk
(Buteo jamaicensis) As they circle and soar, they can spot a mouse from 100 feet up in the air—about ten stories high.
Ringtails were kept as pets by miners in Big Bear during the gold rush era…
Rose Haired Tarantula
Rose Haired Tarantula at the Zoo: Rose Description Chilean rose tarantulas are calm, docile spiders native to desert scrub habitats in South America. They are fairly large with…
San Joaquin Kit Fox
Kit foxes appear to be able to survive without drinking water. This is an adaptation to…
During mating, pairs vocalize in a behavior known as “unison calling.” They throw…
Snow leopards eat meat. They primarily hunt wild sheep and goats. Snow leopards are also known…
Very common in western forests; predominantly located in coniferous woods. Mostly lives in flocks except when nesting.
Animals at the Zoo Durian – Rescued in 2020 – Blind Trillium- Donated from Rehabilitator 2021 Eddy and Ozzy- Rescued in 2021 Description (mephitis mephitis) A stout, short-limbed animal with…
A long-winged, dark-feathered, high-soaring bird of North America. Unlike most birds who are thought to have a poor sense of smell, the Turkey Vulture can locate carrion by odor.
The only marsupial found in North America. Marsupials are mammals who have pouches to carry their young. They’re roughly 2-3 feet in length and 5-15 pounds on average.
Western Burrowing Owl
A long-legged, yet diminutive owl that hunts mostly at dusk and night. They’ll swoop down from a perch, hover over a field and dive, or even run along the ground to catch their prey in their talons.