Under their skin is a dense layer of collagen. From eating the bones of their catch, the hyenas faeces is extremely high in calcium. The zoo is part of a regional breeding program for Sumatran Tigers.


The dingo is an iconic Australian native animal which is loved by some and maligned by others. The Sun Bear is the smallest of the world’s eight types of bears. Alpacas were domesticated around 6000 years ago by the ancient Incans. With their long and powerful legs, emus are able to travel long distances at a fast trot and, if necessary, can sprint at 50km/h for some distance at a time. To prevent sunburn, their tongue is dark blue. General Map Trek. Strictly speaking we should not we call them white lions, but more correctly ‘blonde’ lions. This provides padding, protecting Rhinos from knocks and scraps. Blackbuck was once the most abundant hoofed mammal in India and Pakistan, but their populations have been greatly reduced through excessive hunting and loss of habitat. It is mostly nocturnal, taking cover in the thick undergrowth during the day and emerging at night to feed on close-by grassy patches and herbs. White rhinos are perfectly designed to eat grass. They eat pilchards, sardines, crustaceans and squid, consuming about 10% of their body weight every three days. Dominance hierarchies are passed from mothers to daughters and are maintained through co-operative alliances between individuals.

Navigate the Detroit Zoo from the palm of your hand! Like many forest dwellers, the Goodfellows tree kangaroo is fast losing its habitat. Generally, males are tidier with fewer dung piles than females who tend to stand in a line and all go at once. The Common Eland is a Savannah antelope found in East and Southern Africa. Painted dogs are among the most successful hunters in Africa. For many years it was thought to be descended from Asian wolves but recent genetic studies have found that they are in their own distinct group, not related to wolves or domestic dogs. White Lions are rare in the wild however small numbers are found in some wildlife reserves in South Africa. Servals are also experts at catching birds and insects in flight. This is because their crucial function in the Australian ecosystem (as top order predators), and their regulation and suppression of pest species such as foxes and feral cats, has now been officially recognised. Their strong legs enable them to jump 2.1 metres in the air. The whiskers on their face and front legs allow a devil to feel its way in the dark. Rhinos can consume 60-80kg of food a day and up to 80 litres of water. The Sumatran Tiger is found only found on the Indonesian island of Sumatra. The National Zoo is home to 6 Servals; Souda, Ashaki and their offspring Keta, Ekundu, Kibuluu and Kijani. The Sumatran Tiger is found only found on the Indonesian island of Sumatra. Most Wombats will emerge from their burrows in the late afternoon to forage for food in the evening and throughout the night. As with all antelope, eland are herd living herbivores; browsing on leaves, berries, bushes and flowers in one area until their water source runs out.

It is an opportunistic omnivore, using its long tongue to eat termites and ants, beetle and bee larvae, honey and a large variety of fruit. NEW Wild Lights Show features new songs and more lights. The zoo is part of a regional breeding program for Cheetahs. Relax in the Cafe and watch the antics of the Monkeys on Monkey Island. Koalas have several ‘home trees’ that they choose to visit and sleep in regularly. A lion only catches its prey around 10% of the time. They then need 30 to 40 minutes to recover. The National Zoo & Aquarium is home to 3 male Rhinos; Ubuntu, Kifaru and Eco and is part of a regional breeding program. They are marsupials, which mean that their young are born immature and continue to develop in the safety of a pouch. The stripes of a Zebra make it one of the most distinctive animals on the planet. During the moult, a penguin’s feathers will lose some of its insulating and waterproofing capabilities which forces them to stay on land until their plumage has returned to its optimum condition. Horns are never shed, if they are broken, they will not re-grow.

Their spit is not actual ‘spit’, it is the last thing they ate. The stunning cotton-headed tamarin is one of South America’s most endangered primates. Of the approximate 600 species of Eucalyptus tree in Australia, Koalas only eat around 40–50 of these species. When a potential predator is sighted, Blackbuck leap high into the air, perform a number of smaller leaps and then gallop away at speeds of up to 80 kilometres per hour. The National Zoo & Aquarium is home to 1 koala; Matilda. Experience the spectacular sights and sounds of the Wild Lights Show as a 21-foot-tall computer-controlled tree with thousands of LED lights dances to the beat of popular holiday songs. Wapiti are social animals living in herds of up to 400. This is because their crucial function in the Australian ecosystem (as top order predators), and their regulation and suppression of pest species such as foxes and feral cats, has now been officially recognised. They are classed in their own subfamily within the racoon family. Many of those tigers are unable to find a breeding partner. Scent-communication is important for ring-tailed lemurs, who use glandular secretions to both advertise status and mark territory. Outdoor seating. Females do not grow horns. Individual territories are spread widely throughout their range with feeding areas overlapping. 4pm - 8pm.

Juvenile males leave the group at sexual maturity and seek out new groups in which to mate. Jamala Wildlife Lodge Is the ultimate overnight safari at the National Zoo & Aquarium and Canberra’s first luxury lodge experience. Fallow deer were imported from England to Tasmania in 1836 and then onto other areas of Australia. Giraffes are also known as the ‘lookout of the plains’.

While they are endangered, the Bengal tiger population is the most stable of the 4 types of tigers. Siamangs are intelligent, each having their own distinct character and personality. Get a front row seat to our lights show and live out some of your favorite Polar Express™ scenes! Within a pack, all the females will be related to each but not to the males. Extremely intelligent, they are great problem solvers and are well known for using tools such as rocks and sticks to aid in food gathering. Groups of 14 or more are often seen together. A pack can range in size from 2 to 27 dogs. With a specialised digestive system and a slow metabolism, Koalas are able to detoxify the leaves and maximise the energy absorbed from such a poor nutritional diet. Highly recommend! Koalas are not bears! Unlike us, they protect themselves by wallowing in the mud. Numbers of Sun Bears in the wild are decreasing.

Pairs are often very social with a nesting period between August and January. Relax in your room alongside lions, cheetahs, brown bears, sun bears or tigers as you get to know these beautiful creatures in the most personal and intimate way. Take a look . There is no scientific evidence to prove that it is effective in any way, however, rhinos are killed every day for their horns. Males in the deer family grow antlers. In reality, they are somewhere between a sheep and a goat. Besides being the largest, White Rhinos are also the most social. The zoo’s Capuchin Island is home to family members Gonzo and Monyet, and their children, Gomez and Peanut. View an Interactive Map of The Maryland Zoo Explore the Zoo, our exhibits, amenities, and animals with our interactive map. To minimise the risk of conflict, Tigers leave signs that an area is occupied by scent marking with urine and faeces and leaving scratch marks on trees. Within these groups females are dominant. This is most likely not to attract attention of other predators. In 1975 the population in Nepal had been reduced to just nine.

A lion only catches its prey around 10% of the time. Male and female little penguins bond for life. Originally found only in Turkey and surrounds, fallow deer have made their way around the world and now live in 49 different countries. Measuring 1500lbs per square inch, their jaw power is one of the strongest in the animal kingdom. Oddly enough, while making zebras indistinguishable to other animals, zebra stripes actually help zebras recognise one another. Servals are also experts at catching birds and insects in flight. These captive breeding programs may provide the Devil’s only hope for survival. If food is scarce, such as in the dry season, several of these groups may congregate, forming a herd of up to 20. To overcome this problem the red panda has a very low metabolism rate and spends most of the day eating. Because of this, cheetahs try to hunt when other predators are sleeping. Cheetah sizes vary and range between 45 and 60kg. Many of those tigers are unable to find a breeding partner. Named after our Founder’s daughter, June’s Food Court offers a range of classic dishes. EXPLORE. Males are slightly larger than females. The Ring-tailed lemur (lemur catta) is the most recognised lemur due to its long black and white striped tail. Thirty days after mating they give birth to a jellybean-sized, hairless baby, which drags itself into the Wombat’s pouch with its front legs. Females have a short pregnancy and usually give birth to 2–6 tiny babies, each weighing only 100 grams. Throughout Asia, the Otter’s habitat is being taken over by agriculture such as rice fields.

Counter service only. They are excellent hunters, gliding along the surface of the water, with their head beneath the surface as they scan for tasty crustaceans. When breeding season is over, the herd then forms groups of males, who now all get along, and nursery groups of females and young. Fallow deer have six types of vocalizations: barking, an explosive alarm call; bleating, produced by females during birth or with their young; mewing, made during submission postures; peeping, produced by fawns in distress or contacting their mothers; wailing, an intense distress sound; and groaning, produced by rutting males. Numbers of Sun Bears in the wild are decreasing. Once it has detected its prey, typically small rodents, it jumps up to three metres into the air to strike down with its forepaws. Most primates have flat nails on the ends of their fingers, along with opposable thumbs that allow them to grasp objects.