Saturday, August 27, 2011

Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington D.C Part 2

A Baby Gorilla

Gorillas make there home in Africa. Newborn gorillas weigh only about 3-4 pounds compared to 6-8 pounds of human babies. Gorillas can walk before they are nine months old. Until they can walk they ride on there mother’s backs piggy back style. Like human babies, they are mischievous and always anxious to explore.

Gorillas eat paper? Who would of guessed? I guess we learn something new everyday.

Gorillas are herbivores and have a diet that consists of leaves, shoots, roots, vines, and fruits. Apparently though they also like paper bags! I guess we learn something knew every day.

This is a Silverbacked Gorilla.

Adult male gorillas are known as ‘silverbacks’ because of the distinctive silver colored hair on their backs. They are often referred to as the mountain gorilla. They average up to six feet talk compared to the females who are up the five feet tall. Silver backs are majestic and self sacrificing when it comes to protecting there group. Giving up life is a huge sacrifice for these gentle and shy animals. 

This monkey is busy grooming his friend. 

Lion Tamarins name derives from their impressive mane of hair. They are beautiful with their abundance of golden hair. It looks even more impressive when the light hits it. They are critically endangered due to Brazil’s Atlantic coastal rain forests disappearing from logging, agriculture, and industry. Part of the reason I write is to encourage others to protect the creation God has given us. Simple acts such as recycling, reusing, and buying eco friendly products can make a huge impact. One of my favorite sayings is “Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without.” Whenever I’m tempted to take the easy way, I remember that saying.


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I’m not quite sure what these creature are, but they look aggressive with their devious expressions.

monkey 2

Red Ruffed Lemurs are endangered as is a theme with many animals in the zoo. It is so sad that people treat nature as if it has enough to use carelessly which is not the case. It is such a precious resource which when gone cannot be brought back. But when properly cared for can regenerate and recover. This is the bright side. Try buying local food, products with less packaging, and remember to recycle. Isn’t it worth it? If I encourage just I few to take action, it was worth while.

lemur sign

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I hope you enjoyed this blog entry. Please check next week to see more of the animals and exotic birds. Future blog entries will include and inside peek in the Capital, Library of Congress, gardens, and monuments. Have a great week!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Smithsonian National Zoological Park in Washington D.C

Zoo sign

The Smithsonian’s National Zoo is free and open every day of the year, except December 25. There are a variety of exhibits which you can view below. The Smithsonian’s Zoo was my favorite part of our trip and I highly recommend visiting it. Besides the outdoor exhibits, there are also more that are open throughout the day and have air-conditioning. This includes the Reptile Discovery Center, Invertebrate Exhibit, Small Mammal House, Bird House, and Amazonia.   

In the picture is my brother Joshua and my sister Andrea. I am blessed to have them and for all the adventures we get to go and that I can now share with you!

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sloth bear

I didn't know there was such a thing as a Sloth Bear until we visited the zoo. Despite their name, they are not related to sloths. They live in the forests of South Asia. Sloth Bears are very shaggy and usually emerge at night to search for a meal of insects and fresh food.

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I decided to take a photograph of this mother Sloth bear because she seems to be in a majestic position with her had held up high. Also you will notice her cub riding on her back. It is a great example of the motherly relationship between mothers and their children.

leopard  clouded leopard

Clouded Leopards live in Southern China, Taiwan, Himalayas, and down into the Peninsula of Malaysia. They labeled vulnerable on the World Conservation Union’s Red List of Threatened Animals. The cause for them being endangered is because of deforestation, poaching, and habitat destruction.

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Panda Bear

After patiently waiting, the panda finally awoke from its slumber. The activities currently threatening this beloved animal are farming, forest clearing, and other development. Despite their cute appearance they are dangerous like any other bear in the wild. I believe it is worth the effort to preserve the wildlife and habitats God created. There is a way to maintain the fragile balance of nature while still having space for our food and shelter. Simple things like recycling, reusing, purchasing organic products, and even starting your own garden can help. Just imagine what a huge impact we could make if we all went the extra mile to make a difference!

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This elephant is being playful since it has an audience! I like the pose captured in my photograph. It is sad to note though that these endangered in the wild with only 30,000 left in the forests of south and southeast Asia. Poaching remains a major problem in the conservation of elephants. When going on international trips, you can help buy not buying ivory as souvenirs or any other endangered animals product.


Poaching problem: 


This tiger must be waiting for lunch. It is a Sumatran tiger with a roar to match its size! 


Nearby is the lion exhibit. As you can see they are a bit lazy during the heat of the day. Lions tend to hunt early morning and night for that very reason. Lions sure get the good life at the National Zoo. Wouldn't be nice if we could all relax most of the day? Female lions are in some ways like humans because they take care of meal time by hunting for the pack. The males do help when it comes to bringing down large prey. The lion exhibit made me think of the Wizard of Oz when Dorothy (Judy Garland) and her friends say, “Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!”

sleeping face

Nap time!


Zebras are always a thrill to see at zoos. There stripes add a whimsical feel. Animals of the Savannah were the last exhibits we saw. We had such a great time! Thank you Smithsonian’s National Zoo for the chance to tour the zoo. Keep a lookout for part two with more exhibits from the zoo. Thank you also to all my regular blog visits and kind comments from fans. Thanks to all of you, I currently have about 26,731 blog visitors since April 2009!