A common or eastern great horned owl (Bubo virginianus virginianus) named Halsey from a private collection.
Halsey was hit by a car in February 1997. Though nothing was broken, he suffered a concussion and is brain damaged because of it.
He is estimated to be 29 years old as of November of 2020. In the wild a great horned owl lives to be about 20. In captivity, where risks are few, they have lived into their 60’s making them the longest living raptor on record.
Halsey’s caretaker does all the “hunting” and provides him food but he is a generous bird, always willing to share his meal. His well-balanced diet includes freshly thawed rats and mice.
A ranger marsupial frog (Gastrotheca orophylax) at Centro Jambatu in Quito, Ecuador. This animal is originally from Santa Barbara, Sucumbios Province, Ecuador. This species is listed as vulnerable by IUCN. The population is affected due to habitat destruction, such as agriculture, pesticide use, pine and eucalyptus forest plantations. Like all members of the Gastrotheca genus, females of this species have a pouch on their backs from which fully developed froglets emerge.
Red spectacled amazon, Amazona pretrei, at Loro Parque Fundacion. This species is listed as vulnerable.
Marsh mongoose (Atilax paludinosus) named Nino at
Park Assango, ONG Animal’s World in Libreville, Gabon.
The Marsh mongoose occurs in humid forests, swamps, mangroves and marshes. It is well adapted to living in wet areas with its webbed feet. This one-year-old male was brought to the refuge as a tiny furry baby and now lives freely around the owner’s place and garden.