Photos from the Philadelphia Zoo, pt. I

9 09 2007

As promised, here are some of the better shots from yesterday’s visit to the Philadelphia Zoo. I’m sorry to say that I’m going to soon write up something about the Zoo’s shady dealings involving it’s African Elephants (visit Help Philly Zoo Elephants for a spoiler), but for now I’m going to focus on some of the better photos out of the 500+ I shot yesterday. And away we go…

I absolutely love this fountain.

Highland Cattle
While not particularly exotic, Scottish Highland Cattle are still pretty neat.

Blue Eyed Lemur
A pair of rare Blue-Eyed Lemur, Eulemur macaco flavifrons. The black one is the male, the blonde the female, and they were very excited at the prospect of a snack (the mangabey next door was getting ded fed at the time)

Giant Elephant Shrew
One of my most favorite of all mammals, the Giant Elephant Shrew (Rhynchocyon petersi).

This, by far, was the thinnest Mara (Dolichotis sp.) I think I have ever seen.

Galapagos Tortoise
The Galapagos Tortoise (Geochelone nigra) were just beginning to stir when we arrived. They weren’t nearly as randy as they had been during our last visit (I thought I had heard it all until I hear the deep tones of tortoise-lovin’)

Petunia Elephant
An African Elephant (Loxodonta africana) that we were told was named “Petunia” was also up and about. The Philly elephants will soon be moved out of their rather meager accomodations, although it might not necessarily be for the better.

Amur Tiger Cub
This little male Amur Tiger (Panthera tigris altaica) really loved his tire. He wouldn’t let any of his brothers near it without showing his annoyance.

Amur Tiger Cubs

Amur Tiger Cubs

Amur Tiger Cub

White Lion
The strangely white female lions were relaxing in the early-morning shade. I know that their condition is a regional variation, although I forget the details at the moment.

White Lions

Male Lion

White Nosed Coati
Some of my most favorite Carnivores, White-Nosed Coati (Nasua narica) were scrounging for insects and other morsels when we passed by their enclosure.

White Nosed Coati

Red Panda
And, just for Jeremy, a Red Panda (Ailurus fulgens).

We also came across the most evil-looking Caiman I had ever seen (there was no ID plaque, so I’m not sure what species it was).

Clouded Leopard
And the Clouded Leopard (Neofelis nebulosa), as ever, was asleep in it’s hammock. I have never seen this cat move a muscle in my four visits to the Philly Zoo thus far.

Amur Leopard
Just around the corner, however, was a much more active and curious cat; a male Amur Leopard (Panthera pardus orientalis). He is one of the most beautiful big cats I think I have ever seen, and it’s a shame that he’s essentially “locked up” in his enclosure, and as far as I know the zoo does not keep a female Amur Leopard to run a breeding program for this most critically endangered cat.

Amur Leopard

I still have at least 25 pictures to share, but you’ll just have to wait a little bit longer for them. Check back later tonight for more of our friend the Amur Leopard, some Giant River Otter, White-Handed Gibbons, and plenty more.



9 responses

9 09 2007
Zach Miller

That looks like a great zoo. Question time!
1) Is the elephant shrew’s nose at all flexible like Leptictidium?
2) Aren’t tiger cubs the cutest animals of all time?
3) Did the river otters at your zoo screech at visitors? Because the ones at the Topeka zoo do, and they’re loud and annoying!
4) Any other reptilians?

9 09 2007
Michael Barton

Hi Brian, nice pictures… do you have a photo website, Flickr or something?

9 09 2007
Bora Zivkovic

Great pictures! You really need to put them all 500 on Flickr and then link to the picture-set from here.

10 09 2007

“(the mangabey next door was getting ded at the time)”
Oh please don’t edit that. It was funny.

10 09 2007
Jeremy Bruno

Aww, thanks Brian!

10 09 2007


13 06 2008

The female Amur Leopard Katia is up in Big Cat Falls and they are both the #1 female and male Amur Leopards in the world respectively, as their genetic value is unprecedented!

14 04 2009

Julia’s comment:



That lion is unbelievable too- his head dominates the photo even though he’s in the background behind rock (i like that)

pride rock stuff right there

I got to your blog through google images when I searched tomarctus

good pictures

15 05 2012

Lions don’t produce albinos? That strikes me as odd… every species including fish produce albinos. Find it hard to believe that those cats are not the product of inbreeding instead of some random and most likely unnecessary mutation. The climate of the area in Africa which they are ‘said’ to be found is not any different from the rest of what “normal” African Lions inhabit, questioning the need for a mutation at all. And Lions of Asia that occasionally inhabit the snow are “normal” colored like their African counterparts. Yet somehow the snow Leopard is a mutation for its habitat. Very interesting indeed. So to call these animals white Lions rather than albinos seems awkward at best, and a little misleading.

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