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Serengeti Health Initiative (2006-2018)lpzoo.org/science-project/serengeti-health-initiative-2006-2018
Sichuan takins are large goat-antelopes that can reach up to four feet in height and weigh an average of 600 pounds. Both males and females have thick, curled horns that extend back over their head. These herbivorous mammals graze on shrubs, grasses, and herbs in herds that range from 200–300 individuals. They migrate to higher…
Snowy-headed Robin Chatlpzoo.org/animal/snowy-headed-robin-chat
Snowy-headed robin chats have a dark head and wings and a reddish-orange body and tail. These small perching birds also sport a single stroke of white from their forehead to the nape of their neck.They mainly forage on the ground and at low levels of vegetation, where they hunt for invertebrates and small fruit.
Snowy egrets were named for their all-white plumage, although their black legs and yellow feet are also distinguishable. These herons have orangish-yellow eyes connected by a similarly colored band of feathers that stretches overtop their black beak. Upon maturity, adult birds develop long, fine plumes of feathers along their chest, back, and neck. Snowy egrets…
Snowy owls have white plumage with occasional dark spots. These flying predators feed predominantly on lemmings and mice, but they also eat rabbits, birds, and fish. These diurnal birds are most active during the night but primarily hunt at night. They can locate prey visually or through their sharp sense of hearing. Females lay their…
Solomon Islands Leaf Froglpzoo.org/animal/solomon-islands-leaf-frog
True to their name, Solomon Islands leaf frogs resemble leaves in both color and shape. These small terrestrial frogs have a triangular head and coloration that varies from brown to gold to green. Their appearance helps them blend into their habitat. Nocturnal animals, Solomon Islands leaf frogs hunt for insects at night. Females lay eggs…
Southern Black Howler Monkeylpzoo.org/animal/southern-black-howler-monkey
Southern black howler monkeys are some of the only primates that vary in color from male to female—a trait called sexual dimorphism, which is a broad term that includes differences in size, behavior, and other characteristics between males and females of the same species. Males are black while females are blonde. These primates use their…
Southern Three-banded Armadillolpzoo.org/animal/southern-three-banded-armadillo
Southern three-banded armadillo were named for the three distinct hinges across their mid-section that allow them to curl into a ball when threatened. These small mammals weigh about three pounds and can reach up to 12 inches in length. They typically feed on ants, beetle larvae, and termites. A long, sticky tongue helps them gather…
Spectacled caimans were named for the bony ridge above their eyes, which resembles a pair of glasses. Adults are dull green and can grow to more than six feet in length. They primarily eat fish, insects, frogs, birds, and even mammals. After breeding, females lay eggs in nests built with mud and leaves.
Spotted dikkops, which can stand up to 18 inches tall, have long legs, a brown-and-white speckled coat, a round head, bright yellow eyes, and a short beak. They hunt on the ground, feeding on insects, small mammals, and lizards. These wading birds build their nest in a scrape in the ground, which they line with…
Spotted turtles have smooth, dark shells peppered with yellow spots. While their head is mostly dark, their face has lighter coloration and a few spots. Males and females differ in appearance. Males are more elongated, with larger tails, while females have rounder carapaces and are slightly larger than males overall. They eat a range of…
Staff Participation in AZA Population Management and Conservation Programslpzoo.org/science-project/staff-participation-in-ssps-and-safe
Stardust Hardy Hibiscuslpzoo.org/plant/stardust-hardy-hibiscus