New animals to debut on Jungle Island
Updated On: Mar 22 2013 05:16:55 PM EDT
Jungle Island says it is set to welcome several new animals to its family, making their debuts just in time for the park's Easter Eggstravaganza.
One of the smallest primates, the cotton-top tamarin is easily recognized by the long white crest extending from its forehead to its shoulders.
The species is found in tropical forest edges and secondary forests in northwestern Colombia where it is arboreal and diurnal. Its diet includes insects and plants. Two of these monkeys can be found at Jungle Island.
Also making its debut is the Rhinoceros Iguana, a threatened species of lizard in the Iguana family that is primarily found on the Caribbean island of Hispaniola, shared by Haiti and the Dominican Republic.
The African Crested Porcupine is a mammal most recognizable by the quills that run along the head, nape, and back that can be raised into a crest.
The Great Curassow is a large, pheasant-like bird from Central and South America. Its diet consists mainly of fruits, figs and insects.
The seriema bird is a large, long-legged terrestrial bird that lives in grasslands, savanna, dry woodland and open forests of Brazil, Bolivia, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay.
Finally, the Nigerian Dwarf goat is a miniature dairy goat breed of West African ancestry. The goats range in height from 22.5 inches to 23.5 inches and come in many different color variations including black, white, cream and with or without spots.
You will be able to find all these animals and more at Jungle Island's Easter Eggstravaganza, which takes places March 29 through March 31.
Child admission is $5 with a paying adult. Adult admission is $34.95.