Burmese Python

Burmese Python

(Python bivittatus)

Seneca Park Zoo is home to two Burmese pythons, both males. Garrett and Caulkins, resides inside the Zoo’s E.C.O. Center. They were hatched in 2016 right here at Seneca Park Zoo. Their parents were longtime zoo residents Abby and Mr. Slithers.

Animal Facts

Diet

The Burmese python eats appropriately sized mammals, birds and rodents.

Status in The Wild

International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List status

The jungles and scrublands of Burma, Malasia and Thailand compose the Burmese python’s habitat.

It has been slaughtered to supply the world leather market, as well as for folk medicines and captured for the pet trade. In recent years, extensive captive breeding has lessened the animals threat but unauthorized release of pet Burmese pythons in the Everglades has introduced an invasive species into a fragile environment.

Fire-Bellied Toad

Fire-Bellied Toad

(Bombina orientalis)

Seneca Park Zoo is home to 10 fire-bellied toads that are a part of the Program Animal collection.

Animal Facts

Diet

Tadpoles survive on algae, fungi, and plants, while the adults eat a variety of invertebrates, including worms, insects, and mollusks.

Status in The Wild

International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List status

This species is found in Korea, northeastern China and adjacent parts of Russia.

An introduced population exists near Beijing. This frog is mostly aquatic, inhabiting warm, humid regions at high elevations. They may be found in a variety of different habitats, such as spruce, pine or deciduous forests, river valleys, swampy bush lands, and open meadows. They spend most of their time soaking in shallow pools.

The fire-bellied toad is not currently considered a threatened species.

New Caledonian Crested Gecko

New Caledonian Crested Gecko

(Rhacodactylus ciliatus)

Seneca Park Zoo is home to two crested geckos. Both were born in May 2005, and arrived at the Zoo in 2007. Their names are Crazy-Eye and Hopscotch, and they are a part of the Zoo’s ambassador animal program.

Animal Facts

Diet

The New Caledonian crested gecko feeds on a variety of insects and fruit.

Status in The Wild

International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List status

These geckos are native to the island of New Caledonia, in the southeast Pacific, east of Australia.

This species was once thought to be extinct. It was rediscovered in 1994 and is now listed as endangered.

Red Panda

Red Panda

(Fulgens fulgens)

The Zoo is home to four red pandas, a female named Starlight and a male named Willie as well as their two twin boys, Lukas and Micah, born on June 20, 2021. Born in June 2017, Starlight arrived at the Zoo in spring 2018 from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute. Willie was born in 2015 at the Greenville Zoo in South Carolina and came to us in 2020 from Zoo Knoxville in Tennessee. Willie is distinctive from Starlight based on his predominantly white face, while Starlight’s face markings are more red. The red panda habitat is located next to the Animal Hospital.

Animal Facts

Diet

Although technically omnivores, red pandas are primarily herbivores and prefer to feed on bamboo leaves and shoots. They will also eat berries, blossoms, the leaves of other plants, and occasionally bird eggs, insects, and small rodents.

Status in The Wild

International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List status

Red pandas are found throughout the Himalayan Mountains, living at altitudes between 5,000 and 15,000 feet.

They prefer cool temperate climates in deciduous and coniferous forests. These forests are vital for red panda survival, since they are an arboreal species.

The biggest threat to this species is deforestation, which eliminates nesting sites and sources of food, and isolates populations into small fragments. They are also poached for their fur, and are becoming increasingly popular in the pet trade.

Reef Tank

Reef Tank

Various Species

Reef Tank Species Fish: Yellow tang (Zebrasoma flavescens); Percula clownfish (Amphiprion percula); Ocellaris clownfish (Amphiprion ocellaris); Flame hawkfish; Diamond goby; and Banggai Cardinalfish (Pterapogon kauderni). Corals (soft and stony): tree leather coral, green leather coral; Kenya tree coral; frilly mushroom coral; star polyp; button mushroom coral; bubble (or grape) coral; hammer coral; candy coral Invertebrates: Rose bulb tip anemone; short-armed brittle star; spiny sea urchin The reef tank is also home to four Pacific cleaner shrimp.

Animal Facts

Diet

The reef tank is fed seven times a week a diet of seaweed, marine fish flakes, small shrimp, etc.

Status in The Wild

International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List status

Coral reefs occur in the waters of more than 100 countries and territories around the world

According to the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network (GCRMN), coral reefs are among the most vulnerable ecosystems on the planet with the world losing about 14% of the total world’s population since 2009.

Snow Leopard

Snow Leopard

(Uncia uncia)

Seneca Park Zoo is home to two snow leopards, a male named Kaba, and a female named Timila. Kaba was born in May of 2010 and came to the Zoo in 2011 from the Cape May County Zoo in New Jersey. Timila came to the Zoo in March of 2018 from Metro Richmond Zoo in Virginia, where she was born in May 2016. Their first offspring, Silver, was born to mom Timila on May 27, 2019 and now resides at Rolling Hills Zoo in Kansas. Their second, Kenji, was born April 16, 2021.

Animal Facts

Diet

Snow leopards eat wild sheep and goats, but are known to eat small animals such as rodents, hares and game birds. They stalk their prey and spring from a distance of 30 to 50 feet. Their limbs help them leap up to 30 feet, six times their body length!

Status in The Wild

International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List status

The snow leopard is found at altitudes between 9,800 and 17,000 feet in the high, rugged mountains of Central Asia.

Their range spans Afghanistan, Kazakhstan and Russia in the north, to India and China in the east. China contains about 60% of snow leopard habitat. They have already disappeared from certain parts of Mongolia, part of their historic range.

The snow leopard is very rare in most of its range, with an estimated 3,500 to 7,000 remaining in their natural ranges, and 600 to 700 in zoos worldwide. They are also listed under the Endangered Species Act of 1972 and included on CITES Appendix I. Poaching for traditional customs, lack of prey, conflicts with herders, loss of habitat and the effects of climate change are the cats’ major threats..

Domestic Goat

Domestic Goat

(Capra hircus)

Seneca Park Zoo is home to four goats – Azula, Harley, Beatrice and Bianca . They reside year-round in the Zoo’s A Step Into Africa area.

Animal Facts

Diet

All sorts of plant materials: grasses, leaves and twigs from trees and shrubs, and vines.

Status in The Wild

International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List status

Domestic goats are found throughout the world in a variety of habitats. In some areas such as Australia they have become an invasive species. The range of the domestic goat’s wild ancestor, the wild goat, is in the Middle East in mountainous habitats.

Domestic Rat

Domestic Rat

(Rattus norvegicus)

Domestic rats are a part of Seneca Park Zoo’s ambassador animal collection.

Animal Facts

Diet

Rats are excellent foragers. They feed on many types of food including food discarded by humans. They also eat mice, chicks, birds, small lizards, and occasionally fish.

Status in The Wild

International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List status

Norway rats are originally native to northern China. These rats were native to forests and brushy areas; today however, they prefer a habitat right alongside the rapid expansion of human populations.

Norway rats are common. They are subject to persistent pest control due to the damage they cause and the numerous diseases they spread.

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