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Rhinos: the Tanks of the Animal Kingdom

What is built like a tank, has thick skin, and can run up to 35 mph when threatened? Did anyone guess a rhinoceros? The second largest land mammal on the planet, rhinoceroses are also known as pachyderms, meaning “thick-skinned.” Elephants, hippopotamuses and pigs are also considered pachyderms. Today, we will specifically focus on the southern white rhinoceros. They are one of the two subspecies of white rhinos. The other being the nearly extinct northern white rhino, of... Read More
Posted by Emily Long at 6/21/22
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Is It Easy To Care For Bromeliads?

From my very first week working in the gardens, I was mesmerized by all of the different Bromeliads planted along the main path and within the trees. This plant family is so diverse and eye catching. There are approximately more than 2,500 differing species of Bromeliad. Many are bright and tropically colored, but they can vary greatly in shape and size. They are classified as monocot flowering plants and are native predominately to the tropical and sub-tropical Americas. They can be grown... Read More
at 6/17/22
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What Are Epiphytes?

Epiphytes are a type of plant that grow on the surface of other plants, with the relationship between them being non-parasitic. These plants have no contact with soil, and get their nutrients from the sun, rain, and air, hence the catch-all name “air plant.” Common examples of these native to Florida are Spanish Moss and Tillandsia sp, what most people know as the Air Plant. Both are a part of the Bromeliaceae Family. The epiphyte category can be further broken down into... Read More
at 5/25/22
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The Tallest Mammal on Earth

Every year, the world looks to June 21 as the first day of the summer solstice. At the Zoo, we celebrate that day for a very different reason. June 21 is World Giraffe Day! This day pays t ribute to the longest day of the year with the tallest mammal on earth. This is a very special day because we are very fortunate to have a herd of ten reticulated giraffe! The Giraffe Conservation Foundation (GCF) is striving to bring awareness to the dwindling population of giraffe in Africa. It... Read More
at 5/25/22
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