Sunday, March 31, 2019


The most adorable red pandas. 
Hyena watching Xavier eating crackers. Yikes
Patagonian cavies classified as rodents and hail from Argentina.
California sea lions

I needed a zoo refresher, so we picked the first spring day that was above 60 degrees for our first visit. Some of the animals won't be out for another month.

My new goal is to "meet" each of the Utica Zoo Animals, so we bought a membership. I have not been to the zoo since my son was little, and I do have very fond memories of my parents bringing us. This is good for my brain, as I need to be half as smart as my grandson. LOL

Here we go, I expect you to memorize all this! Have a great week folks. My blog posts are certainly random these days, and I am only humoring myself. 

Full list of Utica Zoo Animals:

If an animal has a conservation status, it will be listed next to the species name. **Starred animals are located in more than one area**

Wildlife Hall

  • Spiny Stick Bug* – New Guinea, New Caledonia, and the Solomon Islands
  • Brazilian Flying Cockroaches* – Brazilian Rainforest
  • Pueblan Milk Snake – Southeastern and Central Mexico
  • Sonoran Mountain King Snake – Southeastern and Central Arizona
  • European Glass Lizard* – Northern Eurasia
  • Cotton Top Tamarins (Critically Endangered) – Northern South America
  • Carpet Python (Stable) – Australia, Indonesia, New Guinea
  • Pine Snake (Stable) – Eastern North America
  • Burmese Python* (Vulnerable) – Sub Tropical areas of Southern and Southeast Asia;  Myanmar
  • Prehensile Tailed Skink* – Solomon Islands
  • Chilean Rose Haired Tarantula – Northern Chile, Bolivia, and Argentina
  • Gold Dust Day Gecko (Stable) – Northern Madagascar, Australia, and the Comoros
  • Eastern Fence Lizard (Stable) – United States
  • Golden-Headed Lion Tamarin (Endangered) – Northeastern South America
  • Rhinoceros Iguana (Vulnerable) – Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and surrounding west Indian islands

Primate Hall

  • Mexican Spider Monkeys (Critically Endangered) – Mexico and South America
  • White Handed Gibbons (Endangered) – East Asia, including Thailand, Sumatra, and the Malay Peninsula
  • Argentine Black and White Tegu – South America
  • Golden Lion Tamarin (Endangered) – Atlantic coast of Brazil
  • Red Panda (Endangered) – Southern and Central Asia, the Himalayas, and southern China

 Asian Realm

  • White Naped Cranes (Vulnerable) – Southeastern Asia, including Mongolia and China
  • Chinese Alligators (Critically Endangered) – Eastern China;  Only found in small area along the Yangtze River Basin
  • Bactrian Camel – Central Asia; Mongolia, and China; Also Domesticated
  • Reeve’s Muntjac (Stable) – Southeast China and Taiwan
  • Indian Peafowl (Stable) – Pakistan through India, into Sri Lanka
  • Transcaspian Urial (Vulnerable) – Middle East and into India

African Alley

  • African Lions (Vulnerable) – Sub-Saharan Africa
  • African Crested Porcupines* (Stable) – North Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Ruppell’s Griffon Vulture (Critically Endangered) – Central Africa
  • Hartmann’s Mountain Zebra (Vulnerable) – Southwest Africa and Western Angola
  • Common Ostrich (Stable) – Central and Southern Africa
  • Serval (Stable) – Central and Southern Sub-Saharan Africa;  Also found in small pockets of Northern Africa
  • Ring Tailed Lemurs (Endangered) – Madagascar
  • Striped Hyena (Near Threatened) – Africa, the Middle East, Pakistan, and Western India

North Trek Nature Trail

  • Canadian Lynx (Stable) – Northern North America
  • Mexican Wolves (Endangered) – Southwestern United States and Mexico
  • Arctic Fox (Stable) – Northern Hemisphere
  • Bald Eagle (Stable) – Throughout North America
  • North American Porcupine (Stable) – Northern and Western North America
  • Common Raven (Stable) – North Northern Hemisphere

Children’s Zoo

  • Snowy Owl (Stable) – Across the Northern Hemisphere
  • Nigerian Dwarf Goats – Domesticated;  Originated in West Africa
  • Jacob Sheep – Domesticated;  Originated from England
  • California Sea Lion (Stable) – Pacific Coast of North America
  • Red Fox (Stable) – Northern Hemisphere
  • Barn Owls (Stable) – Every continent except Antarctica
  • Black Crowned Night Heron (Stable) – Every Continent except Australia and Antarctica
  • Vietnamese Pot Bellied Pigs* – Domesticated; Originated in Asia
  • Rhode Island Red Chicken – Domesticated;  Developed in Rhode Island and Massachusetts
  • Araucana Chicken and Rooster – Domesticated;  Originated in South American
  • Partridge Rock Chicken – Domesticated;  Originated in Massachusetts
  • Buff Orpington Chicken – Domesticated;  Originated in England
  • Field Mice – Every Continent except Antarctica
  • Corn Snake* – Eastern United States
  • North American Beaver (Stable) – Throughout North America
  • Emus (Stable) – Mainland of Australia
  • Alpaca – Domesticated;  Originated from South America
  • Zebu – Domesticated;  Originated and considered sacred in India
  • Domestic Donkey — Domesticated
  • Flemish Giant Rabbits* – Developed in Belgium
  • Bennett’s Wallaby (Stable) – Eastern Australia and Tasmania

Educational Animals

  • Four-Toed Hedgehog (Stable) – Central and Eastern Africa
  • North American Porcupine (Stable) – Northern and Western North America
  • Flemish Giant Rabbit* – Developed in Belgium
  • Chinchilla – Western slope of the Andes Mountains in Chile
  • Degu (Stable) – Lower Elevations of the Andes Mountains in Chile
  • Short Tailed Opossum – East Central South America; Amazon Basin
  • Vietnamese Pot Bellied Pig* – Domesticated; Originated in Asia
  • African Crested Porcupine* – North Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Hyacinth Macaw (Vulnerable) – Amazon Basin; South America
  • Salmon Crested Cockatoo (Vulnerable) – Moluccan Islands, between Australia and Indonesia
  • Red-Tailed Hawk (Stable) – Every Continent except Antarctica
  • Barred Owl (Stable) – Eastern North America
  • Merlin (Stable) – North Northern Hemisphere
  • Sumatran Chicken – Domesticated; Originated from Sumatra
  • Indian Runner Ducks* – Domesticated;  Originated from the West Indies
  • Wood Duck (Stable) – Central and Eastern North America
  • Indian Star Tortoise (Vulnerable) – Scrub forests of India and Sri Lanka
  • Leopard Tortoise* – Savannahs of Eastern and Southern Africa;  Sudan
  • Sulcata Tortoise (Vulnerable) – Southern edge of the Sahara Desert in Africa
  • Eastern Box Turtle (Vulnerable) – Eastern and Central United States
  • Wood Turtle (Endangered) – Northeastern United States
  • Common Snapping Turtle (Stable) – Everywhere East of the Rocky Mountains in the United States
  • Spiny Soft Shelled Turtle (Stable) – Southern United States
  • Grey Banded King Snake (Stable) – Chihuahuan Desert
  • Corn Snake*(Stable) – Eastern United States
  • Brazilian Rainbow Boa — Amazon Basin
  • Ball Python (Stable) – North Western Africa
  • Burmese Python* (Vulnerable) – Sub-Tropical areas of Southern and Southeast Asia;  Myanmar
  • Leopard Geckos – Pakistan, Afghanistan, Middle East
  • Bearded Dragon – Central Australia
  • Prehensile Tailed Skink* – Solomon Islands
  • Egyptian Spiny Tailed Lizard* (Vulnerable) – Deserts of North and Northeast Africa, Middle East
  • Blue Tonged Skink – New Guinea
  • European Glass Lizard* – Northern Eurasia
  • Whites Tree Frog (Stable) – Tropical forests of Northern Australia and Indonesia
  • African Bullfrog (Stable) – South Western Africa, Botswana, Kenya, Zimbabwe
  • Cane Toad (Stable) – Central and Northern South America;  Invasive in Australia
  • Cuban Tree Frog (Stable) – Rainforests of Cuba
  • Brazilian Flying Cockroaches* – Brazilian Rainforest
  • Chilean Rose Haired Tarantula – Scrub forests and mountain bases in Chile
  • Spiny Stick Bug* – New Guinea, New Caledonia, and the Solomon Islands
  • Giant African Millipedes – Lowlands and Rainforests of East Africa
  • Feigning Death Beetles – South Western United States
  • Hermit Crab – Tropical areas of the Indo-region, western Atlantic, and western Caribbean
  • Western Hognose Snake (Stable) – Southern Canada, Central US, and Northern Mexico
  • Kenyan Sand Boa – Kenya and East Africa
  • Texas Vinegaroon (Whip Scorpion) – Western Texas
  • Gargoyle Gecko (Stable) – New Caledonia
Debbie@Mountain Breaths
Debbie@Mountain Breaths

Hello, I'm Debbie.I enjoy hiking, kayaking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing in the Adirondack Mountains (thus Mountain Breaths). I live in Upstate NY with my supportive husband and have three precious sons..


  1. Deb, your grandson is such a cutie pie. It's wonderful that you had such a fun day at the zoo and are both learning so much in the process about all the different animals there. Those pandas especially are pretty awesome.

  2. Love your pics from the zoo! We went in the fall & it was so much fun. I love all the animals.

  3. Isn't it fun to get back into the zoo scene with the young grands. Seeing the animals through the wide eyed children is wonderful. Your little Xavier is a doll. Have a wonderful week.......Hugs.

  4. e's adorable! What fun:) I miss these outings:)

  5. Great fun for all! I know Xavier was in awe of these beautiful animals. The Cavies were familiar to me because of the capybara. Not many know about these large rodents of Argentina. If you can find Bill Peet's Cappyboppy, it is a fun read for Xavier. Happy April!

  6. What a fun day to spend at the zoo with Xavier! That little guy with his big brown eyes, is just adorable, Debbie! I used to take my own kids to the Columbus Zoo, which is an amazing place. I've been to the Fort Worth Zoo, but never to the Dallas Zoo. I'm sure you and Xavier will enjoy many fun days with your membership.

  7. Beautiful photo captures! A very special day for Xavier & Grandma!


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