ZOOPA     for the love of animals

ZOOPAfor animal lovers

 ZOOKEEPERS SIMPLY SEND US COLOR PHOTOGRAPHS AND INTERESTING VIDEOS OF ANIMALS

    THESE ARE OUR ZOOKEEPERS THUS FAR WHO HAVE CONTRIBUTED SUCH PHOTOGRAPHS AND VIDEOS:

RICHARD C. BURRIESCI

CLARISSE T. HARTON

DONALD O "SPEC" CAMPEN, JR.
KEITH VAN ALLEN

  A IS FOR AARDVARK

MONKEY BATH

Donald C. Burriesci, our TLS associate, at one time owned over a hundred animals on his Rolling Meadows farm from 1982 until 2005 in Chesterfield County, Virginia. I remember my brother tackling his pet EMU after he escaped onto a neighbor's yard. An emu is like a smaller version of the Australian ostrich with very powerful legs. Don was all scratched up but like Rocky Balboa, he was the victor and brought his emu home in time for supper.
EMU
OSTRICH

peticulars your pet showcase

OBOE LOVES TO PARK HERSELF IN A SARDINE CAN
TUBA MY TORTOISE STRETCHES IN THE SAND

RICH BURRIESCI HAS TEN TURTLES WHO HAVE THE RUN OF HIS ENTIRE HOUSE. THEIR NAMES ARE: TUBA, OBOE, BASSOON, VIOLA, TROMBONE, CELLO, RAVIOLI, RIGATONI, ZUCCHINI AND YOGI

WHY CAN'T WE BE FRIENDS?

WEIRD ANIMALS

ELEPHANTS MOURNING

AN ELEPHANT GIVING BIRTH

BATTLE AT KRUGER

FUNNY ANIMALS

COCKATOO DANCES TO RAY CHARLES

ST. FRANCIS ASSISI IS THE PATRON SAINT OF ANIMALS

PAIR OF MALE LIONS

AUSTRALIAN WOMBAT
PUGNOSE DOG
AFRICAN ELEPHANT
BALD EAGLE

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TURTLE

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EMUS AND OSTRICHES

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Mammals

African Elephant

African Lion

American Bison

Arabian (Dromedary) Camel

Arctic Fox

Arctic Hare

Asian Lion

Aye-Aye

Baboon

Bactrian Camel

Beaver

Beluga Whale

Bengal Tiger

Black-Footed Ferret

Blue Whale

Bottlenose Dolphin

Brown Bear

California Sea Lion

Caribou

Cheetah

Chimpanzee

Chipmunk

Common Wombat

Cottontail Rabbit

Coyote

Dingo

Domestic Cat

Dugong

Eastern Gray Kangaroo

Elk

Fennec Fox

Fossa

Fur Seal

Gelada

Giant Anteater

Giant Panda

Giant River Otter

Gray Whale

Grizzly Bear

Groundhog

Harbor Porpoise

Harp Seal

Hawaiian Monk Seal

Hedgehog

Hippopotamus

Howler Monkey

Humpback Whale

Impala

Indian Rhinoceros

Jackrabbit

Jaguar

Kinkajou

Koala Bear

Leopard

Leopard Seal

Llama

Mandrill

Matschie's Tree Kangaroo

Meerkat

Mole Rat and Naked Mole Rat

Mongoose

Moose

Mountain Goat

Mountain Gorilla

Mountain Lion

Mouse Lemur

Musk-Ox

Narwhal

North American River Otter

Nutria Ocelot

Opossum

Orangutan

Ozark Big-Eared Bat

Platypus

Polar Bear

Porcupine

Prairie Dog

Pronghorns

Raccoon

Red Kangaroo

Red Panda

Red Uakari

Rhesus Monkey

Right Whale

Ring-Tailed Lemur

Ringed Seal

Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep

Sea Otter

Siberian Tiger

Sifaka Skunk

Sloth Bear

Snow Leopard

Snowshoe Hare

Spectacled Bear

Sperm Whale

Spotted Hyena

Squirrel

Steller Sea Lion

Sun Bear

Tapir

Tasmanian Devil

Two-Toed Sloth

Wallaby Walrus

Warthog

Water Buffalo Weddell Seal

Western Lowland Gorilla

White Rhinoceros

White-Tailed Deer

Wildebeest

Wolf

Wolverine

Zebra 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


  

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Reptiles

Alligator Snapping Turtle

American Alligator
American Crocodile
Black Mamba
Boa Constrictor
Burmese Python
Eastern Coral Snake
Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake
Flying Snake
Frilled Lizard
Galápagos Tortoise
Gavial (Gharial) Gila Monster
Green Anaconda
Green Basilisk Lizard
Green Iguana
Green Sea Turtle
Hawksbill Sea Turtle
Horned Toad (Short-Horned Lizard)
Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtle
King Cobra
Komodo Dragon
Leatherback Sea Turtle
Loggerhead Sea Turtle
Marine Iguana
Meller's Chameleon
Nile Crocodile
Saltwater Crocodile
Web-Footed Gecko 
 
 

 

 

 

Birds

Adélie Penguin

Albatross

Arctic Skua

Atlantic Puffin

Bald Eagle

Baltimore Oriole

Bird of Paradise

Blue Jay

Blue-Footed Booby

Bluebird

California

Condor

Canada Goose

Carolina Wren

Common Loon

Common Sandpiper

Cuban Screech Owl

Golden Eagle

Great Blue Heron

Great Egret

Great Horned Owl

Ivory-Billed Woodpecker

Laughing Kookaburra

Macaw

Mallard Duck

Ostrich

Parrot

Peacock

Pelican

Peregrine Falcon

Pileated Woodpecker

Quetzal

Raven

Red-Footed Booby

Red-Tailed Hawk

Ring-Necked

Pheasant

Ruby-Throated Hummingbird

Snow Goose

Steller's Sea Eagle

Thick-Billed Murre

Toucan

Tundra Swan Wood

 
 
 
 
 
 

Here's the heart-warming story of the day: "The hippopotamus, nicknamed Owen and weighing about 300 kilograms (650 pounds), was swept down Sabaki River into the Indian Ocean, then forced back to shore when tsunami waves struck the Kenyan coast on December 26, before wildlife rangers rescued him." It is incredible. A-less-than-a-year-old hippo has adopted a male tortoise, about a century old, and the tortoise seems to be very happy with being a 'mother'," ecologist Paula Kahumbu, who is in charge of Lafarge Park , told AFP. After it was swept away and lost its mother, the hippo was traumatized. It had to look for something to be a surrogate mother. Fortunately , it landed on the tortoise and established a strong bond. They swim, eat and sleep together," the ecologist added. "The hippo follows the tortoise exactly the way it followed its mother. somebody approaches the tortoise, the hippo becomes aggressive, as if protecting its biological mother," Kahumbu added. The hippo is a young baby, he was left at a very tender age and by nature, hippos are social animals that like to stay with their mothers for four years." 

CONTRIBUTED BY CLARISSE TEACHEY HARTON

INDIAN RHINOCEROS

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PORCUPINE

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DR. JANE GOODALL AND THE LEAKEY FOUNDATION

DR. JANE GOODALL TALKING TO HER FRIEND

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  Mass Migration of Stingrays

Looking like giant leaves floating in the sea, thousands of Golden Rays are seen here gathering off the coast of Mexico. The spectacular scene was captured as the magnificent creatures made one of their biannual mass migrations to more agreeable waters. Gliding silently beneath the waves, they turned vast areas of blue water to gold off the northern tip of the Yucatan Peninsula. Sandra Critelli, an amateur photographer, stumbled  across the phenomenon while looking for whale sharks. She said: 'It was an unreal image, very difficult to describe. The surface of the water was covered by warm and different shades of gold and looked like a bed of autumn leaves gently moved by the wind.

 
 
'It's hard to say exactly how many there were, but in the range of a few thousand'

'We were surrounded by them without seeing the edge of the school and we could see many under the water surface too. I feel very fortunate I was there in the right place at the right time to experience nature at its best'  Measuring up to 7ft (2.1 meters) from wing-tip to wing-tip, Golden rays are also more prosaically known as cow nose rays.

They have long, pointed pectoral fins that separate into two lobes in front of their high-domed heads and give them a cow-like appearance. Despite having poisonous stingers, they are known to be shy and non-threatening when in large schools.
The population in the Gulf of Mexico migrates, in schools of as many as 10,000, clockwise from western Florida to the Yucatan

CONTRIBUTED BY DONALD O. "SPEC" CAMPEN, JR.

OSPREYS IN ACTION

panda bears

THESE ARE REAL PANDA BEARS. THEY ARE NOT STUFFED TOYS. AND YES, THEY ARE TOO CUTE TO BE TRUE!

 

animal ambassadors from the 7 continents:

ASIA: Panda

NORTH AMERICA: Buffalo  

SOUTH AMERICA: Llama

EUROPE: Oxen

AUSTRALIA: Koala

ANTARCTICA: Penguin

GORILLA

MEERKATS

AFRICA: Elephant

HAMSTER JAZZ BAND

A BAD HAIR DAY

BUOZITHO GETS A NEW HAT

READING THE MORNING PAPER

RISE AND SHINE

DAILEY STRETCH EXERCISE BRINGS CATNAP

MORNING MASSAGE

 cat lovers corner

more to enjoy from Spec ...

CLICK MY FACE FOR A FIVE MINUTE CHEER UP

PHIL ANDERSON with friend minus Bullwinkle

CLICK PHOTO OF BABY MEERKATS

MEERKAT ON SENTRY DUTY