OUR ANIMAL FRIENDS
Sylvia – This sweet capybara might have the biggest heart of all of our residents. Capybaras are known to be social animals. Just look up the species on the internet, and you’ll find them hanging out with a variety of different animals from mammal to birds to even cold-blooded reptiles. Sylvia is especially cuddly, which is a good thing since she has the job of snuggling our zoo’s orphans. She’s currently taking good care of our cougar cubs. Capybaras are the largest type of the rodent and originate from South America.
Rosie-the-Rocker – Rosie is a sulpher-crested cockatoo with an attitude. She loves headbanging to rock-and-roll, punk, and any music with a driving beat. When she’s not shaking her tail feathers, you can find her in our reptile house, hanging out in her exhibits. Cockatoos are considered part of the parrot family, and Rosie’s species comes from Australia and New Guinea. Her dance skills aren’t unique among parrots either. The phenomenon has been researched by scientists over the past decade, and one study even involved watching birds shake their tail feathers videos on the Internet!
Fleur, Tonks, and Dobby – These three little cougar cubs are the zoo’s newest residents. Named by our zoo director’s daughter for Harry Potter characters, they’ve brought a little magic into all of our lives. There’s nothing more fun than watching one of them clumsily explore the nursery or drink formula from a bottle. This little trio still have their spots and blue eyes, which surprises some of our zoo visitors, but they’ll acquire their tawny-coats and yellow-gold eyes soon enough. Also called mountain lions, pumas, catamounts, panthers, painters, and many other names, cougars are native to Sagebrush Flats and used to roam over most of the United States.
Fluffy — Our rascally honey badger loves to escape his habitat, but don’t worry. He won’t leave the zoo grounds. He enjoys his honey-covered larvae too much. When he isn’t snacking on treats or upsetting garbage cans, you can find him snuggled up in his den…plotting mischief. Although Fluffy is a honey badger, he’s not actually a true badger but a mustelid more closely related to a weasel. Honey badgers come from Africa and Southwest Asia where they have a fearsome reputation for challenging lions and hyenas. Its tough skin helps protect it from snake bites allowing it to take on cobras and other deadly venomous snakes.
Lulubelle — If you’ve ever visited the Sagebrush zoo, then you’ve probably met our camel Lulubelle. Her enclosure is near the entrance, and she’s appointed herself our official greeter. She loves welcoming visitors with her goofy smile. Watch out though. If you get too close to her home with food, especially an ice cream cone, she won’t be able to resist taking a bite, which isn’t good for her. A herd animal, she lives with the llamas, but she’s longing for a mate of her own species. Lulubelle is a dromedary or one-humped camel native to the Middle East and Africa.
Frida – Our resident grizzly bear is getting along in years, so visitors may find her sleeping. She still loves ice treats, especially when they’re studded with fruit. Frida joined our zoo family when a ranger at Rocky Ridge discovered her as a juvenile with her foot caught in a trap. Unable to return to the wild, she’s lived with us ever since. Grizzlies are also native to Sagebrush Flats.
Boris and Daisy — Our red river hogs enjoy wallowing in mud, sunning themselves, and chomping down on fresh apples. This species of pig originates from West Africa, where they enjoy a life of foraging.