A lion cub playfully pounces on a pumpkin at the Denver Zoo.
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Meerkats Chattanooga Zoo
Credit: Chattanooga Zoo
Meerkats chow down on a pumpkin at the Chattanooga Zoo.
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Asian small-clawed otter National Zoo
Credit: Mehgan Murphy
At the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., an Asian small-clawed otter explores the new orange addition to its habitat, and it is delighted to find its one…Read More »
of its favorite treats, meal worms, inside.
Asian small-clawed otters (Aonyx cinerea) are the smallest of the world's 13 otter species. They live in freshwater streams, rivers, and creeks as well as coastal regions and are native to Indonesia, southern China, southern India, the Philippines, and Southeast Asia.
The Prevost's squirrel isn't spooked by jack-o-lanterns this Halloween.
Also known as the tricolored squirrel, the Prevost's squirrel (Callosciurus prevosti) is strikingly colored, with black, white, and reddish-brown bands down the length of the animal. Prevost's squirrels live in Southeast Asia and eat fruit, nuts, seeds, flowers, insects, and bird eggs.
Meerkats at the Houston Zoo climb into a plastic pumpkin filled with some of their favorite treats, crickets and mealworms.
About 12 inches (30.5 centimeters) long, meerkats (Suricata suricatta) have a tan or gray coat, with a pale underside. Their eyes are ringed with black, and their tails have a black tip.
Meerkats live in groups of two or three families, with as many as 30 individuals. The groups are called mobs. Throughout the day, adults take turns serving as sentries, looking out for predators. When a potential threat is seen, the sentinel will make an alarm bark, and the meerkats will flee to their underground burrows.
A mongoose peaks out of a pumpkin at the Denver Zoo.
There are 33 species of mongoose that range from Europe to Asia and mainland Africa.
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Porcupine Denver Zoo
Credit: Dave Parsons, Denver Zoo
A porcupine inspects its pumpkin treat.
Porcupines are rodents with a coat of sharp quills that protect them from predators.
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Polar Bear Port Defiance Zoo & Aquarium
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A polar bear chomps on a pumpkin floating in the water.
Polar bears (Ursus maritimus) are one of the world's few all-white animals. Only its eyes, nose pad, and lips are black; although beneath its white fur, its skin is also black. The bear's white coat, which helps it blend with its icy environs, is thick, and covers a thick fat layer. These two adaptations enable polar bears to survive harsh Arctic winters.
This gorilla kid inspects his little pumpkin treat. Western lowland gorillas (Gorilla gorilla gorilla) are critically endangered, with approximately 100,000…Read More »
remaining in the wild. They live in the tropical forests of West Africa. Countries include Cameroon, Nigeria, Central African Republic, Angola, Gabon, Republic of Congo and Equatorial Guinea.
Gorillas are born after approximately 9 months of gestation (just like humans). Newborn babies weigh 3-5 pounds and cling to their mothers' hair immediately. Females usually give birth to a single offspring, although occasionally twins can be born. Mothers will hold their babies all the time for about the first four months of life. Infants start trying solid foods around 6 months of age but nurse until they are 3 or 4 years old.