Bess, the Orangutan

Bess, the Orangutan

Yesterday we visited different Phoenix Zoo exhibits than we viewed the previous Sunday. Just inside the Arizona Trail section of the zoo we watched two snowy egrets interact with three different species of iguanas. The black-tailed prairie dog community was actively enjoying the warm fall day. The burrowing owl was camouflaged against a log. Two collared peccary scrounged for lunch. We moved to the Tropics Trail where we viewed two Komodo dragons born in January 2013. We learned that both Ivan and Gaia had died of old age. Interesting fact: a female Komodo dragon can give birth to offspring without fertilization from a male; the process is called parthenogenesis. A Chinese alligator took advantage of the outdoor water pond in the Komodo dragon exhibit. Multiple birds such as crowned pigeons, a ferruginous duck, straw necked ibis, and chestnut-breasted molkola were active in Tropical Flights. Bess, one of the orangutans, posed near the glass window while baby Kasih sprawled on his back under a rope net. The zoo was much less crowded with humans this week.

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