Friday, June 21, 2013

Meeting some of the residents at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (four legged and winged types)

2013.06.21-IMG_4355Had a nice tour of the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute yesterday. Got to see what a conservation animal breeding facility looked like. Much different from a zoo (as you might expect). We got to see a number of animals in our couple mile, 90 minute tour of the facility.

We didn't get to see the Cloud Leopards and only had a glimpse of the cheetahs (as it was breeding season). Saw the rare Black Footed Ferret compound (but none of the creatures). A good selection of cranes, some very friendly Scimitar-Horned Oryx, a number of Przewalski's Horse, the National Zoo's retired bison pair, and the Maned wolf.

Here's the list (with Encyclopedia of Life links):

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Maned Wolf from the Biodiversity Heritage Library:

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