The $1000 Gift To Animals – Day 3
March 1, 2010 by soda_santa
Ah, so you’re back again. That’s great. Aren’t animals fun? Let’s continue our visit to the New York Zoological Park. Remember, this is the zoo that resulted from Fordham University’s selling the land it sits on to New York City for $1000.
So far, we’ve visited elephants, brown bears, and arctic foxes. Today’s vintage postcards picture the giraffe and hippopotamus.
- Postcard of Giraffe at NY Zoological Park reaching up to man on fence.
The Bronx Zoo
has a wonderful page full of fun facts on this tallest of animals. What I found interesting, was the scientific research being conducted to determine how many species of giraffes exist. This had been mentioned while I was touring Disney’s Animal Kingdom several years ago. If found to be true, some giraffe species may be threatened, due to smaller populations, rather than the current status of “lower risk”. One wonders if there may be subspecies of other lower risk animals we don’t yet know about, that should be protected.
- Postcard of Hippopotamus Pete at the NY Zoological Park
The St. Louis Zoo
has a similar page of info and fun facts on the hippopotamus. For instance – hippos can run faster than humans, and baby hippos can nurse underwater. Be sure to check out the web page of your local zoo. It too might have a page of fun facts on it’s exhibited animals. (note, the hippopotamus is not on the list of exhibited animals at the Bronx Zoo at this time)
Be sure to come back each day, starting Saturday, 02/27/10, thru Wednesday, 03/03/10, to find out which animal on vintage postcards from the New York Zoological Park will be visited that day.
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