At the age of 18 y.o., he is considered a young silverback and has a silver coat on his back and his legs. As male gorillas mature, the top of the head known as a sagital crest, will continue to grow. Husani is svelte (~375 lbs.) and tall (~5.5 ‘ ) and may fill out more as he develops and matures. He is taller and thinner than our other silverback, Tino, who is more short and stout. Husani has a very calm demeanor and interacts well to the keeper staff. He has shown a real interest in the guests who visit him, especially the children.
At Hogle Zoo, we will be embarking on a new challenge of managing a bachelor troop of gorillas. With more than 50% of births being males and the strategy of managing gorillas in mixed sexed groups, with one male and multiple females, there is a strong need for AZA institutions to work with the Gorilla Species Survival Plan (SSP) to manage males in bachelor troops. Male gorillas will also live solitary or in bachelor groups in the wild. Most successful bachelor groups are developed by introducing male gorillas when they are black backs or younger. Introducing mature males is more challenging and has had mixed success. We plan to do a long, structured introduction process to increase the probability of managing Tino with Husani together.
born at Santa Barbara Zoological Gardens in August 2000. He was introduced to
our resident female "Candy" over a few week period. The introduction went
smoothly and they got along well right from the start. They have been grooming
each other and are starting to sing a duet together every morning, which is
characteristic of gibbons. This transfer was recommended by the Gibbon Species
Survival Plan (SSP) and we are hoping that someday they will produce an
offspring. Come see Joaquin and Candy in the west outdoor exhibit at the Primate
Building and you may be lucky to hear them singing together.
Spotted salamanders are part
of the mole salamander family due to the adultâ€™s tendency to live underground.
They frequently burrow in loose soil, under a log or leaves or take up
residence in abandoned rodent burrows.
Since they are amphibians,the salamanders require a moist habitat and spend most of their lives within
300 feet of their home pond. As larvae, they have external gills and flattened
tails for swimming. After about four months they transform into their adult
form and lose the feather gills and develop their spotted appearance. The
bright spots are a warning to predators that they are toxic if eaten.
They are also susceptible to pH changes in their habitat due to acid rain. The
increased acidity of the pond water decreases the ability of the eggs and
larvae to survive, and often increases the number of predatory insects that
feed on the salamanders.
seen basking above the water on the limbs of mangrove trees. It also uses the
burrows of fiddler crabs as a resting space. Although it lives in a saltwater
habitat, it does not have salt glands to help it get rid of excess salt.
Instead, it obtains freshwater from rain, coastal streams, or from its prey.
Like all snakes, it is an excellent predator and helps keep prey populations in