July 31, 2017

THE ARK - On Animal Blogging With Dill The Cat

This section, once titled Animal Potpourri that involves all things about animals, has been retitled based on our experience of Our Best Day Ever At The Zoo. Please be sure to read about it and you will see why we were inspired to give this section the new name,
THE ARK - On Animal Blogging With Dill The Cat.


It may seem reasonable by their names, a brown bear, a black bear one could tell them apart but not when one considers black bears can be dark brown, cinnamon, and even white; just as brown bears (commonly called grizzlies because they can have lighter colored tips on their fur) can be different shades of brown, blond, and even black. And if that is not confusing enough at the same time some black and brown bears can have a mixture of both colors. So how does one tell them apart?

Black bears tend to be smaller than brown bears. Brown bears have a hump on their shoulders where black bears do not, and black bears have bigger ears that sit straight up. But perhaps the easiest way to tell these bears apart is their claws. Black bears claws are short enough not to be visible and a brown bear claws are long enough you most likely will never forget seeing them. 


Based on our experiences Denver Zoo staff and volunteers are some of the most engaging people we have come across when visiting zoos.  Sometimes we speak of them as ambassadors for the zoo, but they are also educators that conduct programs to teach people about animals. The Big Picture at the end of this page is one of the many animals used in Denver Zoo's educational programs.  Meet Short Stack and Echo... two more creatures in Denver Zoo's mission to educate people to those we share the world with.
                                    This is Short Stack, a pancake tortoise.
                                                This is Echo, a hawk.

Its almost inconceivable to visit a zoo and not come away with a more acute awareness if not an education of the animal kingdom. Denver Zoo, everyday, is a place of learning, and that is not something extra one receives during the visit--it is part of the experience itself. As we have come to learn all worthy zoos are really another form of an ark and such arks serve as an university of life, and from a recent zoo visit, life that once was...

                          DINOS AT DENVER ZOO
Not just big but life size, beautiful animatronics dinos with learning experiences about them are all over Denver Zoo! The following are just a few of them. To get a sense of their size, check out the man in the blue shirt.


                                          THE EDGE                                    
                  Are You Seeing What You Are Looking At?
The next time you visit a zoo while watching the animals in their habitats, ask yourself, Are you seeing what you are looking at? Habitats should not only be seen as viewing arenas for zoo visitors but rather habitats striking a nature similarity as to how an animal would live in the wild and with quality life enhancements that provide animals harmony for their specific nature and needs. Sometimes, as great as these factors are, you may not see them when you are watching animals in their zoo habitats. So when viewing animals at a zoo, look, study if you will their habitat designs because you could be seeing a lot more than what you are looking at.

The Edge is the newest habitat at Denver Zoo. The new environment is for their endangered Amur tigers, and it is almost 50% larger than their old habitat. A membership benefit is having previews prior to public openings, so we were there. The Edge is not about seeing tigers in a new territory but experiencing them as their habitat design provides a balance of first meeting the tigers’ needs then integrating human encounter.   See what we saw by S. Mason’s photographs below.               
This is the main gateway into The Edge. On both sides the habitat expands that includes two ponds. The sign ask, ARE YOU BEING WATCHED?  The answer is, mostly likely, yes you are.  Right above the sign is a skywalk for the tigers. 

Tigers, like most cats, domestic and wild like to sit high and watch their surroundings as the next picture indicates a perched tiger. But as they are watching you...sometimes intently...watch them because tigers are territorial and they do spray.



Are you seeing what you are looking at? Kind of... In the forefront is a huge flat stone, and right next to it is a pond. In front of the flat stone (that this camera shot does not show) is a viewing area for people. Unlike most cats, tigers enjoy water. The flat stone is for them to lay down to bask in the sun on sunny days. It provides the tigers' needs and at the same time human are so close they can count their whiskers.
THE EDGE has ponderosa trees which provide the tigers ample shade but because  ponderosas are huge, tall tree tigers can climb them. A metal casing is placed around the trees that tiger's claws cannot negotiate, and that prevents them from getting out. 
At Animal Blogging With Dill The Cat we call zoos another form of an ark. To visit a zoo is to come away with knowledge, and The Edge experience encompass an education, an acute awareness of the Amur tigers.

Amur tigers are solitary creatures. In the design of The Edge that is taken into account thus the tigers are provided alone time spaces, hence the visual barrier areas.  

Adult cats, domestic and wild, have a trait very few species have--into their adulthood they still enjoy playing. This female Amur is playing with her floatation toy in another pond. Although The Edge is completed Denver Zoo will never be finished and that is a beautiful testimony of their purpose, passion, and work. 
Everyone needs a dog to adore him, and a tiger to bring him back to reality.
                                                                           quote author unknown

                                               MY YOUTUBE         
Horns and Pinocchio noses can be found on the unlikely beauties of snakes. Birds, reptiles, insects, mammals, and fish - all species - have creatures with zebra strips. Camouflaged animals blend into their environments but ironically animals almost invisible stand out. In nature and the kingdom of animals squares exist. There is an unfamiliarity with familiar animals such as lions with spots. These are some aspects of my videos. I hope you enjoy them. 
                                                ZEBRA STRIPES
Okay...we cannot scientifically prove it but we are declaring that the zebra stripe pattern is the most commonly and uncommonly found (like zebra stipe eyes) in the kingdom of animals. From my photography collection I made a video titled, Zebras, Everywhere, and there is only one zebra it in. 

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