Fossil Rim, Glen Rose

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    The Zebra

    by keeweechic Updated Oct 21, 2003

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    You will start seeing the Zebra’s on the 2nd half of the tour around the park. My first vision was of one was its massive rear end. The Grevy’s species are the largest and most solitary of the zebra family and is also one of the most endangered because of poaching. The other species of Zebra at the park is the Grants Zebra which normally avoid other species except during feeding at which time they can become aggressive in competing with the other species.

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    Amongst The Long Grass

    by keeweechic Written Oct 21, 2003

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    You will have to look hard in the long grass behind the fencing to see the cheetahs unless of course you are there at a time when they are up and active. In the warmer weather they spend 85% of their time lounging around in the long grass back from the fence lines.

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    The White Rhino

    by keeweechic Written Oct 21, 2003

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    On your way out of the park you will see the Rhino’s. Rhino is derived from the German word ‘weit’ which describes their wide lips. Unfortunately for centuries, the Rhino has been hunted and killed for their horns which have been used for folk medicines and dagger handles which has caused the white Rhino to become almost extinct on two occasions over the centuries.

    Behind the scenes they have the Southern Black Rhino which is endangered in Eastern and Southern Africa. There is less than 2,500 in the world today.

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    Wild American Turkey

    by keeweechic Updated Oct 21, 2003

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    Halfway around the park are some roaming wild turkeys. The turkey is one of the most well-known birds in North America. Apparently Benjamin Franklin wanted to make the wild turkey the national bird of the US instead of the Bald Eagle. Of course the turkey becomes even more popular in November and December for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Wild turkeys have dark feathers which help them blend in with their woodland homes. Their throats are bare skin and the head of a turkey can change colour from flat grey to striking shades of red, white, and blue when the bird becomes anxious or excited.

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    The Giraffes

    by keeweechic Written Oct 21, 2003

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    The Giraffes are beautiful graceful creatures and the tallest living land animals. The males and females live separately at Fossil Rim as they are not in any kind of breeding program. An early explorer thought that the giraffe resembled a cross between a leopard and a camel and name it ‘camelopardalis’ – the scientific name.

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    Arabian Oryx

    by keeweechic Written Oct 21, 2003

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    These creatures became extinct in the wild in 1972 because of excessive hunting. It is only because of facilities like this around the world that have been able to protect those that have been captive and breed from them. Because of this, they have been reintroduced in Oman and now the numbers are slowly increases.

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    The Gemsbok

    by keeweechic Written Oct 21, 2003

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    This is a beautiful gazelle from Southern Africa. They hae striking facial patterns and their horns are longer than most other antelope species – they can range up to 48 inches. Many African tribal masks have been inspired by the facial markings of the Gemsbok.

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    Fossil Rim: Giraffe

    by sswagner Written Aug 7, 2005

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    Giraffe

    The Reticulated Giraffe is always a favorite among visitors, and th vast majority of people who come to Fossil Rim should be able to encounter them somewhere. They often are on hand to accept food from vehicles. They are also frequently observed to be eating vegetation from the branches of trees. The savannah like areas dotted with trees are an ideal habitat for them.

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    Fossil Rim: Guanaco

    by sswagner Written Aug 7, 2005

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    Guanaco

    This South American native can now be found among some of the herd animals of Fossil Rim. They were actually brought here in the hope that they will become a protector of some of the smaller species since they have been known to do this. Coyotes can sometimes cause trouble in this area. This animal will be among those that hope you have a handout for them as you drive by.

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    Fossil Rim: Scimitar-Horned Oryx

    by sswagner Written Aug 7, 2005

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    Scimitar Horned Oryx

    This fascinating herd animal is now extinct in the wild. It was once found in North Africa. Fossil Rim contains quite a few specimens, and they are often seen very close to the road. Their horns are impressive, and from some points of view, they appear to only have one horn. The ongoing joke was that this was a "unicorn". This animal is being bred here so that they may survive into the future.

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    Fossil Rim: Zebra

    by sswagner Written Aug 7, 2005

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    Zebra

    Grant's Zebra can be found here in decent numbers, and visitors typically look forward to seeing them. There was a herd of about a dozen that we encountered, and they will readily approach a car looking for food. I was watching zebras approaching the two people in the front seats. With my window rolled down in the back, I did not notice the ones coming from behind us, so it was startling and funny to suddenly be staring at one directly in the face. These animals are a favorite among visitors, most likely due to their beauty.

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    Fossil Rim: Fallow Deer

    by sswagner Written Aug 7, 2005

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    Fallow Deer

    These deer are some of the most common types of herd animals that can be encountered. They come in many colors, and can often be distinguished by the unique antlers, although only the males will have them. They are from Europe and Asia and the deer tend to be spread out in many areas. It is common to see them mixing with other animals as well.

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    European Red Deer

    by keeweechic Updated Oct 21, 2003

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    This particular deer is closely related to the American elk – the largest American deer. The red deer has been eliminated in much of its original area but is protected ion Scotland, Germany and Austria.

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    Mating Time

    by keeweechic Written Oct 21, 2003

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    At this time of year (Autumn/Fall) you can see the males Red Deers rutting, making their loud bugle noises while they endeavour to collect their harem.

    They will also come up to your vehicle for food.

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    The Aoudads

    by keeweechic Written Oct 21, 2003

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    We thought these were actually mountain goats but it turns out they are commonly known as Barbary sheep and well suited to steep slopes. Originally from Africa they were introduced to areas of the South West US.

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