Macaws

Macaws

Tiki, Gizmo, and Pauly are Blue-and-gold macaws (Ara ararauna), Andy and Gadget are Catalina macaws (Ara ararauna x Ara macao), Sergeant is a Military macaw (Ara militaris), and Elmo is a Scarlet macaw (Ara macao). Elmo is one of our special need residents. Elmo joined the Kirshner family because he was plucking out his feathers. He has transitioned well and no longer plucks his feathers but he did permanent damage to the feathers and is missing most of his chest feathers. The Scarlet, Blue-and-gold and Military macaw are all naturally occurring macaw species. Catalina macaws are a hybrid...

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Penny & Lucy – Macaws

Penny & Lucy – Macaws

Penny is a Blue-and-gold macaw (Ara ararauna) and Lucy is a Scarlet macaw (Ara macao). Macaws are famous for their bright bold colors, long tails, and large curved beaks which are designed to crush nuts and seeds. The feathers on a macaw’s face are as unique to the macaw as a fingerprint is to a human. Similar to other parrots, the first and fourth toes point backwards. Macaws are native to the rain forests and wooded grasslands of Mexico, Central America, and South America. Macaws are very intelligent and curious birds that enjoy exploring and playing with interesting new objects. As social...

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Bernie Mundi – White-Nosed Coatimundi

Bernie Mundi – White-Nosed Coatimundi

Bernie Mundi is a female White-Nosed Coatimundi (Nasua narica), born in May 2014. She was given to us to be a companion for our other coati, Nina. There are four known species of coatimundi: South American (Nasua nasua), Brown or White-Nosed (Nasua narica), Eastern Mountain (Nasuella meridensis), and Western Mountain (Nasuella olivacea). A coatimundi is often confused with a raccoon because of the rings on its tail or an anteater because of its long slender nose. While Nina and Bernie Mundi are not raccoons, they are from the same family, Procyonidae. Coatimundis have the same foot structure...

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Bo – Columbian Red-Tailed Boa

Bo – Columbian Red-Tailed Boa

Bo is a Columbian Red-Tailed Boa. He is about 7 years old.  He is approximately 6 feet in length and weighs about 25lbs. Red-tailed boa is a common name.  There are 10 subspecies that fall under the species Boa constrictor.   Species Subspecies Common Name Boa Constrictor Boa constrictor amarali Amaral’s boa Boa constrictor constrictor Red-tailed boa Boa constrictor imperator Common northern boa Boa constrictor longicauda Tumbes Peru boa Boa constrictor melanogaster Ecuadorian boa Boa constrictor nebulosa Dominican clouded boa Boa constrictor occidentalis Argentine boa Boa constrictor...

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Nina – White-Nosed Coatimundi

Nina – White-Nosed Coatimundi

Nina is a female White-Nosed Coatimundi (Nasua narica), also known as Coati (kuh-wah-tee). Nina injured her tail as a baby, and her breeder was unable to place her. Nina required constant monitoring until her injury was fully healed because coatimundis are known to re-injure themselves. Nina and her companion, Bernie Mundi, have joined our educational program as ambassadors of their species. There are four known species of coatimundi: South American (Nasua nasua), Brown or White-Nosed (Nasua narica), Eastern Mountain (Nasuella meridensis), and Western Mountain (Nasuella olivacea). A...

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Juan & Maria – Double Yellow-Headed Amazon

Juan & Maria – Double Yellow-Headed Amazon

Juan and Maria are Double Yellow-headed Amazons (Amazona oratrix). Yellow-headed Amazons have a wide variety of subspecies that are found from Mexico to northern South America. Double Yellow-headed Amazons, like Juan and Maria, are native to Mexico and northern Central America, and are given this name based on the yellow feathers on the crown and nape (back of the neck). They are found in forests near bodies of water. Juan and Maria love to mimic our words and also love to eat peanuts! They talk so much that it sounds like they are talking on the phone! They are a popular pet because of...

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Gabriela – Ocelot

Gabriela – Ocelot

Gabriela is a female Ocelot (Felis pardalis), born on April 6, 2002. Gabriela, nicknamed Gabby for her talkative nature, was given to the Foundation as a gift for some of the work that we do with nutrition. She’s a joy, and we’re happy to have her! The ocelot’s fur gives this medium-sized cat a very distinctive appearance, with its dark brown irregular shaped spots and stripes, edged with black on a yellow/tawny background. No two patterns are alike, and this can be used to identify individuals like a fingerprint on humans. The underlying coloration varies with its habitat, with the base fur...

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Casanova – Argentine Black & White Tegu

Casanova – Argentine Black & White Tegu

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