If you haven't been to the zoo in a long time, summertime is a great time to go! There are so many great animals to learn about, and what better way to learn about them than up close and in person! Here are a few facts from Genetipetz about the animals you can find at the zoo:
Giraffes. The easygoing Mooraffe shares its long neck with the giraffe, the tallest animal to walk the planet. Standing nearly 18 feet tall, giraffes are native to the continent of Africa, and they use their long necks to eat leaves in the acacia trees on the savannah. Although their necks can reach nearly 8 feet long, they have the same number of neck bones as us human beings.
Elephants. With their long flexible trunks, large flapping ears and thick legs, elephants are instantly recognizable, but it's an amazing treat to see one up in person. Like Mousephant which shares its DNA, elephants are highly intelligent and can recongize their own reflection in a mirror or pool of water. Their trunks are made up of more than 40,000 muscles, and they can lift up to 770 lbs! Although they constantly face dangers from ivory poachers after their long tusks, elephants can live up to 70 years.
Penguins. These stout, flightless birds are best known for their dapper tuxedo-patterned feathers, a trait they share with Piguin. Penguins are native to the Southern Hemisphere, and while they may not be able to fly, they are excellent swimmers, and some species can reach speeds up to 22 mph in the water!
No matter which animal is your favorite, the zoo is a great place to learn about the many, many different kinds of creatures that make up our world. Bring your own special mixedUPPET with you to meet the animals!