I had a lovely time at the zoo's Spring Fling despite the cloudy weather.
It didn't really rain -- it spitted.
The primates were the featured species that morning.
I love visiting the lemurs.
They are always entertaining!
"There's the crazy woman with the camera .... again."
"Quick -- turn your back."
"Maybe she'll go away."
The crowned lemur is found in the dry deciduous forests of northern Madagascar. Its diet is made up mostly of flowers, fruits and leaves. It is a medium-sized lemur with a distinctive chestnut-orange crown pattern on their head. They have pseudo-opposable thumbs, binocular vision, are highly intelligent and are on the endangered threatened list. The forests in Madagascar are being destroyed by mining, farming and some lemurs are killed for food or kept as pets.
Thank you to Misty for hosting Camera Critters for 5 years!
I've previously shared with you the beautiful Okapi at the Houston Zoo.
Not long ago, I was fortunate enough to meet Kwame in a behind the scenes tour.
The Okapi has always been my favorite animal at the zoo.
It is a beautiful and unusual looking animal.
Shy, graceful, magical!
With the stripes (great camouflage) the Okapi looks like he might be related to the zebra.
Looking at his face, you can see the resemblance to the giraffe and indeed,
the Okapi is the only living relative of the giraffe.
Like the giraffe, the Okapi has big ears (better to hear you coming) and a long dark prehensile tongue.
The tongue feels like sandpaper -- great for stripping leaves from trees,
not so great for kissing humans!
The tongue is long enough to clean his eyelids and ears!
Only the males have the horns (ossicones).
They are a solitary and shy animal.
Their home is the dense Ituri Rainforest in the Congo.
Their fur feels like velvet and is also quite oily providing them with a natural raincoat.
Petting an Okapi will turn your hand red from the oil on the coat.
They are a threatened animal and I can't imagine Mother Earth without this gorgeous creature.