17.11.09

calgary zoo- australia

i won't be covering the whole zoo. due to distracting circumstances (next post) i only visited and took photos of about half the zoo. though this saddens me a little, i at least had seen all the missed sections before.

however i do one more section of the zoo i have good photo coverage of. that is the australian house. though this is a misleading name. in addition to having many critters from down under proper, for whatever reason the calgary zoo has lumped in several animals from south america as well...

in good news this building hasn't changed much since i was a hatchling. including my favourite the kangaroo pit.

which of course has a number of kangaroos wandering around within it! red kangaroos to be precise, as there are quite a few different types to potentially choose from.
the kangaroos aren't alone down there though. their kept company by my favourite flightless bird, emus.
their cheeky fluff balls. they are constantly scouting the enclosure perimeter for shoe lace or toes to peck at. as again this outdoor enclosure is a pit, and thus we looking at the animals are high above them. putting your shoes at emu height. so when here watch out when they are close... :P

inside they have the reputed (but unconfirmed or deserving) "most dangerous modern bird", the crested cassowary. i think it is sad they have earned this reputation.
though they have a very sharp claw on their foot (much like a raptor dinosaur) that they do use for kicking threats, they don't seek out things to attack. more to the point the australian cassowary is the one under constant threat, and is on the brink of extinction...
i also liked this cute little blue tongued skink!

i'm embarrassed to say i took the photo of this guy, thinking how cool his pose was. however now coming to the blog post i can't for the life of me, remember what he (or she) was! i have trouble keeping mammals apart at times!

the little cavy was unbelievably cute, but hard to photograph... seriously out of the 10 photos i took of it this was the only one that turned out! at least i got it...

finishing off the whole building was the cool nighttime/nocturnal house, in which they simulate night conditions for a variety of animals that prefer the darker times. of course my camera wouldn't really work in here, so you'll just have to enjoy this attempt at an arty shot of a silhouetted frog.

6 comments:

Albertonykus said...

Traum, that's some type of tree kangaroo. Which one, I don't know. I'm not familiar with these guys.

Raptor Lewis said...

Speaking of the Cassowary toe claw being similar to a "raptor," you should see the Seriema who's foot is built almost thes EXACT SAME as a Velociraptor mongoliensis foot! Seriously! No joke!

Neil said...

Definitely Dendrolagus, perhaps Dendrolagus matschiei?

Great pics...

Mo Hassan said...

The unknown critter is definitely a Huon tree kangaroo (Dendrolagus matschiei). The "cavy" thing is an agouti (Dasyprocta sp.)

Albertonykus said...

Raptor Lewis - True! As you can see, anyone who can't accept that fact that birds are dinosaurs is cracked in the head and kooky in the brainia.

Mo Hassan - Good catch; I thought that guy was an agouti, but forgot to point it out.

Dinorider d'Andoandor said...

I love emus and cassowaries... in a local zoo they seem to be very friendly and curious.