The large primate house was a snoozer. Literally, all the Western Lowland Gorillas and Borneo Orangutans were sleeping. Not much to see there. And down at the "Think Tank/end of the O-Line (Orangutan aerial apparatus)" the glass enclosing the Allen's Swamp Monkey's made photography prohibitive.
|Well, there was one large primate who emerged...|
|American Alligator, Alligator mississippiensis|
But I digress.The tour begins with an American Alligator sunbathing amid dandelions and violets in his habitat outside of the actual structure and then inside to see from the many this representative core: A Cuban Crocodile, a Fiji Island Iguana, Boa Constrictor, Grand Cayman Iguana, Australian Snake-necked Turtle, Green Salamander, Sambava Tomato Frog, Vietnamese Mossy Frog.
|Cuban Crocodile, Crocodylus rhombifer|
|Fiji Island Iguana, Brachylophus bulabula|
|Cayman Island Iguana, Cyclura lewisi|
|Australian Snake-necked Turtle, Chelodina longicollis|
|Green Salamander, Aneides aeneus|
|Sambava Tomato Frog, Dyscophus guineti|
|Vietnamese Mossy Frog, Theloderma corticale|
By now the sun was shining beautifully and the air was warm to maybe 70˚. I admit that when I left the house and it was only 53˚, I had a momentary regret for not wearing a jacket! Enough of being inside for a while, so off to the Great Cat "Island" a signature habitat at the National Zoo that rotates the zoo's collections of African Lions and Sumatran Tigers. Here's something to ponder, there are more Sumatran tigers in captivity around the world than in the wild, and there are only about 400 estimated--ESTIMATED--to be alive in the wild. There were more people at the zoo when I observed the Sumatran Tiger on display, than there are Sumatran Tigers in the world!!! It makes seeing him such a privilege and it tears me up inside at the same time. In two of the others spaces a pair of near adult male African lions were out and in the other the lone sire of the pride, but he was curled up in an alcove and not very photographable.
|African Lion, Panthera leo|
|Sumatran Tiger, Panthera tigris sumatrae|