Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Smithsonian National Zoo, Chapter 6

I think the idea of a "Small Mammal House" is an idiosyncratic one.  It's not one that many other zoos have.  Besides this one in Washington, D.C., I have only encountered it at the Philadelphia Zoo.  In the instance of Philadelphia's--it needs to be overhauled and possibly just replaced out right.  The one here in DC is more in keeping with the quality of habitat afforded small animals at zoos--but even here, I would prefer something more expansive.  Images from the Small Animal House at the Smithsonian National Zoo, in order are: Fennec Fox, Prehensile-tailed Porcupines (a family unit with a pup born at the National Zoo), Red-Ruffed Lemurs, Golden Lion Tamarin, Prevost's Squirrel, and Screaming Hairy Armadillo.
Fennec Fox, Vulpa zerda
Prehensile-tailed Porcupine, Coendou prehensillis
Red-ruffed Lemur, Veracia rubra

Golden Lion Tamarin, Leontopithecus rosalia
Prevost's Squirrel, Callosciurus prevostii

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