InternQuest Photo Blog: A Tour of the San Diego Zoo

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The most intriguing fact about the flamingos is that the pigment of their feathers is directly correlated with their diet of pink crustaceans. This unique phenomenon is a breeding ground for investigation as to how the process actually works and how it may apply to other animals that show similar characteristics but at a much smaller scale.
The most intriguing fact about the flamingos is that the pigment of their feathers is directly correlated with their diet of pink crustaceans. This unique phenomenon is a breeding ground for investigation as to how the process actually works.

A distinctive white spot sits directly in the center of the face of the lesser spot-nosed guenon. Some may ask why it would need such a strange mark, as I found myself also asking. It turns out that the white spot acts as a defensive mechanism against animals that prey upon the spot-nosed guenon. The guenon, when spooked, will stare at its predator, the white spot accentuating the fear invoking scream that the guenon produces.
A distinctive white spot sits directly in the center of the face of the lesser spot-nosed guenon. Some may ask why it would need such a strange mark, as I found myself also asking. It turns out that the white spot acts as a defensive mechanism against this animal’s predators. The guenon, when spooked, will stare at its predator, the white spot accentuating the fear invoking scream that the guenon produces.
The face of a camel is almost identical to that of a llama or alpaca. It comes to no surprise that they belong to the same family. Camels are even kept as farm animals just like llamas and alpacas. Camels, like cows, have four stomachs that allow them to digest grasses easier. When the camels feel threatened, they will project the contents of their first stomach, along with some saliva, at the cause of the threat. Let’s just say it’s not a pleasant smell.
The face of a camel is almost identical to that of a llama or alpaca. It comes to no surprise that they belong to the same family. Camels are even kept as farm animals just like llamas and alpacas. Camels, like cows, have four stomachs that allow them to digest grasses easier. When the camels feel threatened, they will project the contents of their first stomach, along with some saliva, at the cause of the threat. Let’s just say it’s not a pleasant smell.
The koalas being themselves, involved a lot of sleeping. Koalas are excellent climbers. A unique adaptation to life in the trees comes in the form of having two thumbs per hand. Even though the koalas are asleep most of the day, they are known to climb 150 foot trees quickly. They are extremely picky eaters, only eating eucalyptus leaves. Just that alone would be hard to maintain, but koalas are even pickier. Each individual koala has its favorite type of eucalyptus and they are known to change their minds often. The Zoo does a superb job at keeping up with them, growing 46 different types of eucalyptus locally solely for the koalas.
The koalas being themselves, involved a lot of sleeping. Koalas are excellent climbers. A unique adaptation to life in the trees comes in the form of having two thumbs per hand. Even though the koalas are asleep most of the day, they are known to climb 150 foot trees quickly. They are extremely picky eaters, only eating eucalyptus leaves. Just that alone would be hard to maintain, but koalas are even pickier. Each individual koala has its favorite type of eucalyptus and they are known to change their minds often. The Zoo does a superb job at keeping up with them, growing 46 different types of eucalyptus locally solely for the koalas.

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