Different Types of Animals at the Zoo
There are many types of animals at the zoo. Giraffes are one of the most loved animals at the zoo. Giraffes are the tallest animal on planet Earth. Their legs are about 6 feet long, and they can run as fast as 35 miles an hour. Giraffes only need to drink water every few days, and a giraffe’s neck is too short to reach the ground, so they have to spread its front legs to reach groundwater. Giraffes feed off of acacia leaves located in southern Africa. Hyenas eat baby giraffes, but only lions eat adult giraffes. Giraffes live in the savannah habitat and can live up to 26 years.
Also in the located in the savanna habitat is, elephants. Elephants are the largest land animals on Earth. Some elephants can weigh up to 13,000 pounds. They have trunks, large floppy ears, and thick legs. They can stand up to 11 feet tall. They consume grasses, small plants, fruit, and many other things. Elephants don’t have many predators due to their large size, but when they are babies they are vulnerable to be attacked by lions, tigers, and hyenas. Elephants have a unique way of drinking, they suck water halfway up their trunks, and then proceed to squirt it into their mouths. You can find elephants in many places including Central and West Africa, Sahel desert, Nepal, India, and Southeast Asia. Elephants can live up to around 50 years.
The tiger is one of the many vicious animals at the zoo. Tigers are the biggest species of the cat family being up to 11 feet tall and 3.3 meters long. They’re known for their unique pattern of black stripes all around their body and orange fur. They have sharp teeth and stealth to hunt down their prey. They eat moose, deer, pig, cattle, horse, water buffalo, goat and much more. Leopards might eat baby tigers, but tigers are an apex predator, which means that they’re on the very top of the food chain. Tigers live in a variety of habitats such as grasslands, mangrove swamps, savannahs, tropical forests, and woodlands most commonly tropical forests. Tigers are only located in Asia and tend to live in the northern part of Asia and can live up to around 17 years.
The ball python is one of the least dangerous snakes. While it might not be able to kill you it can hurt you pretty badly. Females can be up to 3-5 feet long and males can be up to 2-3 feet long. They’re known for hunting small small rodents in the wild such as small rats. The baby python may get eaten by birds, wild dogs and hyenas. Adult pythons are also at risk of being eaten by birds and even lion and leopards. The ball python gets its name from the fact that if it feels threatened, it will curl up into a ball. They are found in Central and Western Africa and their habitat can be found at the edges of forest lands. They can live up to 30-40 years.
Zebras are one of the most beautiful animals at the zoo. Zebras are actually part of the horse and donkey family. Around their body, they have black and white stripes, similar to a tiger, and always come in different looks. Zebras can weigh up to 880 pounds and can be as long as 8.9 feet. Zebras eat shrubs, herbs, and leafs. Zebras get hunted by huge crocodiles, lions, hyenas, leopards and cheetahs. Zebras live in treeless grasslands and woodlands of eastern and southern Africa. They can live up to 25 years.