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San Antonio Zoo Photos 4

10 Jun

Alright, folks. This here is the last, but not the least, of the photos from my trip to the San Antonio Zoo. I’m sad that I can’t show photos of some of the less photogenic specimens such as the secretary bird, aardvark, and aardwolf, I’m definitely going to be heading back to this zoo in the future once their African forest exhibit renovations are done (and most likely during the fall next time, in order to avoid the “predator fatigue” that was so common in the carnivorans this time).

The Victoria crowned pigeon is definitely a real crowd pleaser; after all, this New Guinea bird has three or four exhibits it features in at the San Antonio Zoo.

Another New Guinea creature is the elusive Goodfellow’s tree kangaroo, shown here staying close to its shelter.

The beautiful red Aussie sands are lovingly recreated in this paddock that includes emus and red kangaroos.

With wickedly sharp toe claws capable of eviscerating an adult human being, the steely-eyed gaze of the southern cassowary isn’t a comforting one.

West Africa’s yellow-backed duiker showing off its namesake back.

The critically endangered addax is a native of the harsh, unforgiving Sahara Desert.

The dama gazelle, or addra gazelle, is another critically endangered Saharan ungulate on display. Note the one-horned specimen.

In addition to the topi antelope and Grant’s zebra pictured here, the African watering hole paddock is home to Marabou storks, African crowned cranes, ostriches, and the African red river hog.

The cheetah, one of the few big cats out and about on such a hot day.

The “ghost of the forest”, the giraffid known as the okapi is a creature that holds a special place in my heart as one of my favorite animals.

In the African aviary, this hammerkop decided to fly down directly into my path and smugly flaunt its plumage only a few feet away.

The viewing area for the common hippopotamus, situated in an artificial cavern laced with reptile and fish exhibits, as well as sculptures of fossils.

This native Texan mallard duck and her ducklings apparently don’t mind paddling around two large African river mammals.

I could have ended this photo blog with any of the creatures of the artificial cavern, from the African dwarf crocodile and immense Angolan rock python to the quirky lungfish or colorful rift lake cichlids…but I chose the African bullfrog. Just look at its widdle face!

 
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Posted by on June 10, 2012 in Animal Attractions

 

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