These giant guinea pig looking fur balls are called Cabybaras. I immediately got excited to see them as I had remembered studying them at school, but have never seen one so up close. The animals in this part that I was most fascinated with however were these little guys, the Mara. Giant rabbits!! Even though they didn’t have antlers, all I could think of was jackalope, the mythical jackrabbit-antelope hybrid. They were really timid though so you couldn’t get too close to them, and they would zip by you. One of the keepers told us this naughty little monkey was the only one out of all the monkeys who wanted to make friends with all of the other animals. He would follow them around, and kind of just sit with them like he was one of them. She had also told us they caught him jumping off a branch and onto the back of a Rhea one day and riding it along for a bit. The keeper had said she thought he must have been planning that one for a while. Good to know the animals are having fun too. This is a Rhea, they look a bit like an ostrich, but are quite a bit smaller. We went in search of the Ostriches after seeing the Rhea to see the differences, the size of the Ostrich was about double the Rhea!
Today I’m showing you some more of Yorkshire Wildlife Park, if you missed the last two posts, you can catch up here and here. These animals weren’t originally part of the park when we first went, but they added this area last year I believe. This is the South American area, and all the animals here are apparently found on the continent.
I love the addition of the South American part, as it’s fun to walk amongst the animals. They have the area fenced in and secure doors to get in and out of in case an animal gets brave/curious and tries to get out. You need to watch yourself around the monkeys, one climbed right up Adam’s leg to get a closer look, so no food or drink is allowed in this area. If you want to learn more about Yorkshire Wildlife park, you can check out their website here. My last post coming will be a look at the Lions, Tigers, and my personal fave, Giraffes!