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Archive for January 22nd, 2015

posted by davek on Jan 22

Today we feature the Red Panda and the Koala Bear. Its the first time I have seen either of these animals in person. Red pandas are excellent climbers and have a special bone in their wrist which acts like a thumb and aids in eating bamboo. Despite their name they are more closely related to raccoons than to bears.  When we came upon the Koala it asleep but I still managed to get a decent photo. They are marsupials (pouched animals), with dense wooly fur.They live exclusively in eucalyptus forests in eastern Australia and spend most of their lives in trees, venturing to the ground only to move between trees. Unfortunately this day was too cold so we had to view the Koala in the indoor enclosure through window. If the temperature is over 55 degrees they you may be lucky and see them in the outdoor enclosure munching on eucalyptus leaves.

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