8 Cute Animal Crafts for Kids

Learning about animals is great for younger kids. There’s just something magical about being able to identify the animal sounds and funny faces they make when teaching children about animals. While we spend a lot of time talking about animals, it’s also great to show how the animals look. Animal crafts for kids allow that learning and creativity to combine perfectly together to help young minds grow.

Here are a few animal crafts that will have kids excited and engaged for many weeks to come! 

  1. Lions, Tigers, Bears - Oh My!

Take kids into the dark and lush forest jungles, where the wildest of animals live.  These wild animal crafts are great for older kids or younger ones.

How to:

  1. Color the paper cup in orange, leaving a small squared white patch, as shown in the image.
  2. Using the black oil paint, draw the stripes on the tiger. Add the nose as well.
  3. Stick the googly eyes above the nose.
  4. Cut the pipe cleaner into two small pieces for the ears. Use the remaining piece to make the tail.

The cup-o-tiger is ready!

How to:

  1. Cut the yellow foam sheet in length and breadth of the toilet paper roll. Stick it around the roll using the glue and let it dry. This will be the body.
  2. Using the heart-shaped puncher to cut out 12 little hearts from the orange foam sheet. These will be used to create the mane.
  3. Cut a small round from the yellow sheet for the lion’s face.
  4. Draw the eyes, the whiskers, and nose on the yellow circle.
  5. Stick the googly eyes to complete the face.
  6. Stick the face to the foam-wrapped toilet paper roll.
  7. Cut three thin, small strips from the yellow foam sheet for the legs and the tail.
  8. Stick a heart to one end of each of the strips.
  9. Attach them to the body, as shown in the image.

Oh, they just can’t wait to be King!

How to:

  1. Cut the brown foam sheet such that it covers the toilet roll entirely. Or, you can paint the toilet roll brown using oil or pastel colors.
  2. Cut out two hearts from the pink foam sheet – a small one for the nose and a slightly bigger one for the bear to hold.
  3. Cut out the shape of the bear’s face and the hands. Cut out the paws (small spheres) from the brown sheet.
  4. Punch two small circles from the pink sheet – these will go on the paws.
  5. Stick the googly eyes and the smaller heart on the face. Draw the mouth using a black sketch.
  6. Attach the larger heart in the center of the roll.
  7. Use glue to stick the hands, paws, and face to the toilet paper roll.

Your valentine bear is ready to give lots of love!

  1.  It’s Better Under the Sea!

This is an excellent way to help your kids learn more about sea creatures or perhaps get them ready for a trip to an aquarium!  

How to:

  1. Flip a paper plate upside down.
  2. Cut out several green squares and glue the squares to the plate’s flat part to make the turtle’s shell.
  3. Cut out a head, legs, and tail to add to the paper plate.
  4. Stick the googly eyes on the head. Draw the mouth using a black sketch.
  5. Get creative! Add unique features, colors, or textures to your turtle.

Turtle Power!

How to:

  1. Take two pieces of construction paper, and accordion fold each. 
  2. Lie the papers one above the other. 
  3. Press them together and staple them right in the middle. 
  4. Pull down the bottom of each side, so it fans out and glue the sides together where they meet at the bottom. Do the same on the top side of the fish.
  5. Once you pull them around together, you will have a full circle. Glue them together.
  6. Cut out a triangle and glue it on the circle for a tail, and add a googly eye to each side of your fish.
  7. Punch a hole through the top of your fish, tie a string through the hole, and hang!

Go FISH!

How to:

  1. Paint the ice cream sticks green. Let them dry.
  2. Cut two one-inch pieces of white foam sheet, as wide as the ice cream sticks. Cut the longer edges of the foam in a zigzag pattern to indicate the teeth. Stick this to one side of the ice cream stick.
  3. Cut the pipe cleaners in two. Roll the halves around the center of the ice cream stick while leaving a small portion towards the edges of the feet. See picture for reference.
  4. Stick the googly eyes, as shown in the image to complete the crocodile.

These little crocodiles will make you smile!

  1.  Down on the Farm

Farm animals are lovable, cute, and cuddly. With these crafts you can bring your own farm to life using everyday objects such as buttons, cotton wool and newspaper.

How to:

  1. If you do not have a pink drum bead, you can choose a white one and paint it pink.
  2. Cut out the ears for the pig from the pink foam sheet. See image for reference.
  3. On one end of the bead, stick the pink buttons using the glue.
  4. Cut a small piece of the pipe cleaner and twist it like a pig’s tail. Stick that to the other end of the bead.
  5. Attach the ears and use a black sketch to draw the eyes of the pig.

This little piggy is ready to go wee wee wee all the way home!

How to:

  1. Make small balls of cotton from wool.
  2. Roll the newspaper into a small ball and hold it tight.
  3. Apply glue all over the paper and stick the cotton balls on it.
  4. After the newspaper is covered entirely in cotton, press it using both your hands – this will ensure that the cotton stays intact.
  5. Dip four toothpicks in glue and stick it on one side of the cotton wool ball for the feet. Let it dry.
  6. Cut the black straw into equal lengths (two-three inches) and stick them over the toothpicks.
  7. Cut out the face and the sheep’s ears from a black foam sheet and attach them as shown in the image.
  8. Add the googly eyes, and you have an adorable sheep ready.

These fluffy little sheep will be baaaaaaa-utiful !

Doing animal crafts with your kids allows you to teach them all about the animal world. What’s your child’s favorite animal? How was your experience making animal crafts with your child? Share it with us here!  

21 Ways to Fight Climate Change in 2021

From increased extreme weather events to rising sea levels, extended wildfire seasons, and prolonged droughts that put pressure on food crops, our climate is changing right before our eyes. And many wonder: will we be able to adjust quickly enough to fix it?

Yes! We can all take notice of our environment. We can learn how our planet works. We can learn how to live on it without making a mess of it. We can help to keep it magnificent for ourselves, our children and grandchildren, and other living things besides us.

The good news is that although there are many challenges to overcome, we’re not alone! As demonstrated by several national and global movements, millions of people are concerned enough to take direct action by protesting, organizing, and speaking truth to power.

So what can you do today to stop climate change in its tracks? There’s plenty you can do right now to make a difference. And who knows? Maybe you’ll inspire a movement of your own!

  1.  Recycle, Recycle, Recycle!

You’ve heard this a million times before, and it’s hard to know what is recyclable these days. But recycling remains a useful and important way to reduce your carbon footprint. 

Recycled aluminum products use 95 percent less energy than creating new ones. About 50 percent of recycled materials come from households; if that number were to increase to 65 percent, at-home recycling could prevent 2.8 gigatons of carbon emissions. However, recycling wrong can slow the system and create more waste, so be sure to rinse out your recyclables and stay up to date on local regulations to ensure what you recycle isn’t causing contamination.

  1.  Minimize Use of Plastics

Plastic is present in pretty much every aspect of our lives. However, the durability of the material (which also makes it so popular) is also its most extreme disadvantage.  We're struggling to get rid of it. Plastic has found its way pretty much everywhere - on streets, in rivers, on the beach, in cosmetics, in wastewater, in our clothing, even in the air we breathe. And there's also a close connection between climate change and our massive global plastic problem. Almost every plastic is produced from fossil fuels - and in every single phase of its life cycle, plastic emits greenhouse gases. But there are already a lot of alternatives available. Use items like metal or paper straws for drinks. Opt for paper options when buying disposable plates or cups. 

  1.  Use Renewable Energy Sources

It’s no secret that extracting fossil fuels is wrecking our planet. But even if you can’t afford to buy a Tesla, there’s plenty of ways you can reduce energy consumption! A simple first step is to replace all of your light bulbs with LEDs. LEDs (light-emitting diodes) use 90 percent less energy than incandescent bulbs and half as much as compact fluorescents. Switching your home to LED lights will reduce cooling bills. They also last longer than other bulbs, so choosing them will bring long-term savings. According to Project Drawdown, universal adoption of LEDs could prevent 7.8 gigatons of carbon emissions.

  1. Install Better Insulation in Your Home 

One of the most cost-effective and accessible tools to fight the climate crisis is better insulation. Older homes can lose up to 35 percent of heat through their walls. Modern insulation reduces the energy needed to heat a home, therefore reducing emissions and saving you money. If even half of existing buildings installed thicker insulation, 8.3 gigatons of emissions could be avoided. That’s more than overhauling efficiency for the entire international shipping industry!

  1. Explore Solar Power Options 

Installing solar panels can decrease greenhouse gas emissions! The benefits of using solar energy have been campaigned repeatedly, and with a purpose. Utilizing it to generate power for your home or business can significantly reduce the emissions of CO2 by decreasing the demand for fossil fuels. This will minimize greenhouse gas emissions and can reduce our carbon footprint.

  1.  Green Up Your Commute

Much like replacing fossil fuel necessities for powering your home, gas-powered vehicles guzzle up fossil fuels, clogged highways, and spew out toxic greenhouse gases! That adds up to a TON of pollution each year. Whenever possible, hop on a bus or train, or lace up your walking shoes! The planet will thank you!

  1. Take More Bike Rides!

Still the number one form of sustainable transportation: The bicycle! In the age of electric scooters and mopeds, the pedal-powered bicycle is still the best solution when it comes to protecting the climate. You can travel faster on a bike in most cities than by car, bus, or train. And to make the whole thing even more fun: Whether you're looking for a nice new cycle route to work, want to do some sports, or discover nature, many apps can track your miles or show you new routes to take. 

  1. Rethink Transportation

Using alternative ways to get around day to day, less use of the world’s transportation systems, both commercial and personal, would save as much CO2 as one billion acres of regenerative agriculture. For example, commercial trucks account for six percent of the world’s emissions, which is more than the collective emissions of airplanes worldwide. While individuals can’t revolutionize the shipping, flight, and automobile industries overnight, we can work towards changes to our public transit systems so they can use electric or hybrid vehicles.   

  1.  Fly Less

Of course, there are no other means of transport that can get us from Point A to Point B as fast as the airplane. But, at the same time, there is hardly any other activity in which a single person can emit such large quantities of CO2 in such a short time. So a simple solution is to minimize air travel as much as possible. By doing so, you will feel better about working towards saving the environment. And for those few flights that you simply cannot avoid, there is always the chance to offset your emissions. It doesn't cancel out the damage done, but at least it goes some way towards fighting for climate change. 

  1. Minimize Water Use

It may not seem like much, but it can be easy to waste water when it flows freely from the tap in your home faucets. Those whot live in water-stressed areas and have to walk miles to get it, know how precious fresh water can be. You can reduce your water usage by taking shorter showers, watering your lawn less frequently, fixing leaky pipes, and even making changes to your diet and food selections!

  1. Eat Less Meat! 

There’s no getting around it: eating factory-farmed animals from thousands of miles away is just plain bad for our health, the planet, and our wallets. Try incorporating more local, plant-based meals into your diet. You might be pleasantly surprised by how delicious vegetables can be! Recent statistics show meat and dairy production is estimated to be responsible for 12-17% of total greenhouse gas emissions just in Europe alone! The global livestock industry produces more greenhouse gas emissions throughout the world than all cars, planes, trains, and ships combined. That doesn't mean that everyone has to become vegan or vegetarian - even a small shift in diets, with a reduction in meat and dairy products and more plant-based foods instead, could reduce the pressure that agriculture places on the environment. We could reduce carbon emissions by 66 gigatons!

  1.  Eliminate Food Waste

Food waste in the US occurs mostly in stores and at home, either because it spoils on the store shelf or before we can eat it. According to a recent study, Americans throw away up to 40 percent of the food they buy. We can combat food waste by shopping for what you need, eating leftovers, composting scraps, and donating excess to food banks. You can find a local food bank in your area that will take donations anytime. Curbing food waste could avoid close to 70  gigatons of CO2! That’s a bigger impact than restoring 435 million acres of tropical forest.

  1.  Learn About Composting

We waste a lot of food for a world plagued by food insecurity. Thankfully, anyone can compost their waste at home. It’s simple, effective, and packs a powerful nutritional punch for plants. Look for compost guide information at your local library or learn how to reduce waste at home! The compost that soil produces contributes to climate change mitigation by improving the soil's ability to stabilize carbon and by increasing plant growth, thereby pulling more carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere. Simply, composting is good for several reasons: It saves water by helping the soil hold moisture and reduce water runoff. It also benefits the environment by recycling organic resources while conserving landfill space.

  1.  Buy Less, Save More

Choosing to buy less or not at all is the original mantra for saving money. Add “Refuse” to the three R’s you’ve already heard of: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle! When you don’t buy, you cut down on the amount that you contribute to landfills. The carbon footprint of refusing is hard to calculate because it varies from person to person, but just tracking your finances and spending habits can help you determine your current ecological footprint and offer actionable solutions for change, including buying less that you don’t necessarily need. If we own less and use more things collectively, we need to produce fewer things, which saves on resources. Sharing cars, exchanging clothes, lending and borrowing tools -- there are multiple possibilities for collective consumption. 

  1. Shrink Your Digital Footprint

Every time you use the internet, you release CO2. Search queries we type, emails we send or receive, even songs we stream cause CO2 emissions. Why? Because energy is needed for all the data we’re producing - and a lot of it! The use of digital technologies has overtaken even the aviation industry in terms of CO2 emissions. Let’s tackle the root of the problem.  Consider the number one power-guzzler in the digital world: streaming video services. In order to view our screens on-demand, streaming video services need a lot of bits and bytes. One single provider, such as Netflix, currently consumes 15 percent of the world's internet bandwidth. If you're a fan of a certain playlist or show,  maybe try downloading them rather than streaming them each time you want to watch or listen. You can also help by switching to a "green" search engine. Even just cleaning up your email inbox can help you save on emissions each day!

  1. Get Involved

Countless reports have stressed the urgency of taking action now. If we are to stand a chance of halting the most devastating consequences of climate change, people of all ages should get involved. Far too little has happened thus far, but the voices from a growing, concerned society are getting louder. There are a number of movements and organizations in which people regularly take to the streets to demonstrate for more political action to protect the climate. Using civil disobedience and non-violent resistance allows anyone to join and take a stand for the climate today!

  1. If You Can, Vote!

Climate change has implications on local, national, and global levels. While the average person isn’t responsible for governing a nation, we are responsible for deciding who does. Vote for a climate activist, support comprehensive climate policies, and use your voice as a citizen to contact legislators when you disagree. Results of elections will determine how elected leaders will work to fight catastrophic climate change. Make sure to vote for climate-conscious representatives. Urge them to commit to setting science-based targets to reduce emissions, implement clear plans for addressing climate change, and shift to clean energy efforts. 

  1. Volunteer Locally

Yes, the greatest threat this generation will face is climate change. Without a habitable earth to live on, what do we have left? What can we do to tackle the problem? Wait for politicians to act and hope that they'll make the right decisions before it's too late? So far, waiting hasn't proved to be an effective solution, with little, if any, effective action being taken. So it's more important than ever to take matters into our own hands. Look for ways to Volunteer locally in your area to empower and educate fellow environmentalists on ways to fight climate change. Support mentoring programs and participate in microeconomics initiatives that help people start small but grow sustainable businesses!

  1. Plant Trees and Pollinator Friendly Plants

When it comes to protecting the climate, trees are the real, reliable way to help the planet. Planting them has consistently ranked as the #1 climate change solution. That’s because trees help clean the air, stabilize the soil, protect biodiversity, offset carbon, and so much more. You can also turn your yard or balcony into a pollinator oasis! Support your local environment by planting native, pollinator-friendly flowers and herbs in containers on your patio or directly in the ground in your backyard!

  1. Divest and Be Money Smart

The largest source of greenhouse gas emissions comes from fossil fuels. Divesting means taking your money out of institutions that fund fossil fuel expansion, which can eventually dry up funding to those projects. So far, the fossil fuel divestment movement has removed $9.94 trillion from fossil fuel companies. You can learn more about using your money wisely and being socially responsible by talking with financial advisors.  Keep in mind that just 100 fossil fuel companies are responsible for 71% of global greenhouse gas emissions, leading many schools and faith groups to divest fossil fuels altogether. Make sure that your workplace, university, or bank doesn’t invest in them. If they do, start a divestment campaign of your own! 

  1. Stay Informed!

You are already on a fast track to helping fight climate change in 2021 by researching and staying informed on the latest environmental news and updates. Making a choice to take steps to protect the climate and environment will ensure you are doing your part to make the world a better, and more sustainable place, for years to come!

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Happy Holidays from Our Animal Stars!

Happy Holidays!

As the holiday season is upon us, we all reflect on what we are grateful for. Staff, team members, and visitors to SeaQuest are something we genuinely value and look forward to seeing many more of you in 2021!  But we are most thankful for the love and joy our animal family at SeaQuest brings to millions of guests each year!  They bring such happiness and meaning to so many people, young and old, and it’s easy to see how they open the hearts of everyone! Bringing peace and positivity to you and your family this year, here are some fun seasons greetings from the animal stars at SeaQuest locations around the country!

Snowflake Greetings!

Are you dreaming of a White Christmas? Birds may fly South for the winter, but our cockatoos are happy to bring you warm winter wishes and snowflake dreams this December!  

Santa Claus is coming to Town!

Visiting Santa may look a little different this year, but he’s still keeping a naughty and nice list!  Here’s Bruce the Shark stopping by to say to Mr. Claus in the Mall! 

Santa also stopped by to say Hi! to our Honey, our fun-loving kinkajou!  She’s been a pretty good girl this year, so she asked Santa for lots of sweet treats for Christmas!

Run, Run Rudolph!

Well, he may not be flying Santa’s sleigh this year because we all know pigs can’t fly!  But here’s one of our cuties channeling his inner Rudolph!  No red nose, though we couldn’t find one big enough for him!

Don’t Forget the Presents!

Are you still shopping for last-minute presents??  Stop by any gift shop at your nearest SeaQuest location for holiday gift options!  Not only are passes and gift cards available, but various merchandise and apparel items are abundant in our gift shop storefronts.

Certain locations may be temporarily closed due to CoVid restrictions, but each site’s gift shop is still open for retail sales. Visit the SeaQuest website for hours of operation in your area. 

From our zoo aquarium family to yours, we wish you a season of joy and peace!  Happy Holiday greetings from the animals (and humans) at SeaQuest!

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Best Stocking Stuffer to Spoil Your Fur Baby!

Christmas will be here before we know it!  For most people, their beloved fur babies are more than just pets – they’re family! Don't forget about them when it comes to giving gifts this Holiday season!  Show them a little love with a special treat or a toy! You don't have to spend a fortune but it keeps them from feeling left out on Christmas morning. Whether your special pet is a dog, cat, bird, ferret, or guinea pig --  we have the perfect stocking stuffer gift ideas just for them! 

  1. Dog or Cat Toys

Kids aren't the only ones who get excited to receive new toys for Christmas! Try giving your dog a new squeaky ball, frisbee, or chew toy so they too can enjoy the fun on Christmas morning. Pet stores are packed with holiday-themed toys to keep playtime festive. And like dogs, cats will enjoy seeing a new shiny toy left in their stocking! Maybe buy your feline friend a new red dot teaser toy, crinkle mouse, or jingle ball. If you really want to give your cat a fun game, buy a challenging toy – perfect for stuffing with a tasty treat!  

  1. New Leash or Collar

Give your animal a festive look with a new leash or collar!  Shop for fun holiday designs and colors. They will enjoy getting spruced up and fancy for the holidays along with the rest of the family. Even a new walking or running leash will be a great stocking stuffer gift. Let your dog or cat rock their Christmas collar while you showcase your Christmas sweater fashion!

  1. Bandanas and Sweaters

Is your furry friend a fashionista? Does your pet get cold or have to wear clothes for other reasons?  Or are you the pet parent who thinks it’s cute to dress them up? Stuff their stocking with a new outfit! You can shop for fun holiday attire online – just make sure to snap a quick pic of the new outfit before your pet scampers off in her new duds. Get your best buds outfitted for New Year’s Eve with a cheerful bandana for their neck!  Some dog and cat lovers prefer the bandana look over a collar, and this is the perfect time of year to stock up with new duds!

  1. Tunnels and Tubes 

Ferrets love tunnels. Hamsters and Guinea pigs like fun play tubes!  There’s a great variety of fun options for new play pieces just for the little fur babies running around! And they fit perfectly into a pet stocking. Ferrets are known to run crazy in crinkle tunnels! They have the advantage of making irresistible noises when your ferret runs through them. 

  1. Puzzle and Forage Toys

Highly intelligent creatures, birds are excellent pet companions!  This holiday season, take the time to nurture your relationship with your pet bird by filling their stocking with special gifts that can bring you closer together!  Foraging toys are a fun choice to mentally and physically engage your bird by recreating a foraging environment in their cage. Puzzle toys are also a great educational option that can occupy your bird's time and help stimulate their minds. These types of toys for birds can be placed in a stocking made out of paper or shreddable material. Birds love to shred and chew - the crunch sound of the paper will keep them entertained on Christmas morning! 

  1. Holiday Themed Treats!

Show your fur babies some extra love this Christmas in the form of special holiday treats. We all love to indulge in seasonal favorites during the holiday season, so why should your pets be any different? Santa gets cookies, you get cookies, and now your dog can get festive cookies, too!  Here's an assorted collection of special holiday treats ideas that would be great for stuffing their stockings!

Remember to include your furry loved ones in the Christmas celebrations this year! If you’re hanging a stocking for your pet by the chimney with care this holiday season, make sure to fill it with a variety of toys and treats your pets will love!

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Animal Therapy for Humans

2020 has been a year for the record books. It’s during these times of hardship and social isolation, and your mental health can suffer. Since the outbreak of COVID-19, Americans are reporting higher levels of anxiety, emotional distress, and depression symptoms. Fear and worry about family, friends, school, and a person's livelihood can have an enormous impact on our stress levels, leaving many adults and children feeling overwhelmed with uncertainty.  Our SeaQuest family is no exception, as we have also struggled with concern over our staff’s safety and health and, more importantly, our animals. But we realize just how unique the human/animal bond is. And we are more than happy that visiting SeaQuest can bring a smile to any guest or visitor that walks through the door!

Water Therapy

Humans are fixated by water. It’s our DNA, literally. The earth is made up of 70 percent water! It sustains the human body, animals, and crops that feed us. Studies have found that individuals are more relaxed and calm when in the presence of water. It’s known to stimulate the same senses that occur when in the presence of green lushness and nature outdoors. It develops a sense of peace in people. 

Perhaps it's the calm blue waters filled with vibrant coral reefs that produce serenity. Or maybe it's the freshwater sea creatures that welcome you from corner to corner. Whatever it may be, animals, and more specifically aquariums, alleviate stress. 

The life of exotic creatures and marine life has spiked an interest in people, and specifically children! During times of high stress, engaging with animals is proven to be very therapeutic. Think about your last visit to a doctor or dentist's office.  There always seems to be a tank filled with colorful fish and waving seaweed.  It’s there for a reason and not just decoration. According to a study on the environment and behavior, fish in environments that can trigger anxiety  (teeth drilled!) can decrease anxiety and reduce stress—fish therapy. While watching aquariums, individuals' blood pressure and heart rates tend to lower. 

These creatures bring light to our eyes!

An Animal Connection

When humans feel anxious, it means we are probably overwhelmed with thoughts too heavy for the brain to process. Everyone experiences anxiety differently but are ways to cope and mitigate worries and fears in a healthy manner. As we have learned more and more, science continues to prove how beneficial it is for humans to interact with animals. 

By surrounding yourself in nature or an underwater adventure escape, you are engaging in self-help! It’s a chance to let go of negative thoughts and to bring yourself in tune with the present that surrounds you. When you come nose to nose with an otter, pet a sloth, or swim with the stingrays,  you will instantly see and feel how therapeutic it really is! 

A little love from our furry friends!

Zoos and Aquariums have been proven to be good for your mental health and well-being. But, if aquariums or fish therapy doesn’t speak to you - don't worry!  At attractions like  SeaQuest, we are more than just an interactive aquarium. With 1200 animals and 300 different species, you are bound to find a connection with one of our furry, scaly, or feathery friends! 

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Those Krazy Kookaburras!

Much like our wallaby friend, the kookaburra is a tree bird native to Australia and New Guinea.  With a fun and unique little stance, this bird is most commonly known for its laughter-like call. Yes, the laughing bird! While it may appear unassuming, the little laughing kooka never fails to impress with its fancy voice! A one-of-a-kind species you don’t hear about every day, though the staff at our SeaQuest locations get to listen to them chuckle daily! Read on to learn more and where you can visit one in your area!

The Hysterical Laughter 

The kookaburra has a broad, spectacular range to its voice. Though it may sound like human laughter, it acts as a territorial call that the bird uses to warn other animals and make its presence known. These calls start as a hiccup type chuckle followed by a burst of almost uncontrollable laughter. Cackling groups of kookaburras can be heard all times of the day, but most frequently at dusk and dawn. 

Despite their unique voice, kookaburra birds have an effortless outward appearance. With plainly colored feathers and brown stripes across their heads, kookaburras have long bills that are heavy and can grow up to 4 inches long!  As carnivorous birds, they use their beaks to quickly snatch up food such as insects, worms, and even small frogs. Ribbit! 

The laughing little tree bird

“Kooky” for Kookaburra Facts!

Here are some fun facts about the Krazy kookaburras and their spunky little characteristics!

The early bird gets the.... Snake!

This bird has one heck of a laugh, an audacious personality, and a bold voice!  They have adapted within human development and environments and often inhabit suburban areas where food and shelter are abundant. 

Want to hear the laughter in person? Come visit our krazy kookaburras at your nearest SeaQuest location!  We can’t wait to show our fantastic bird habitat exhibit!

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From the Land Down Under - Meet our Wallaby friend!

Native to Australia, New Guinea, and New Zealand, the wallaby may look like a mini-kangaroo, but don’t let that fool you!  These little guys have their own unique traits and characteristics that set them apart from their bigger, more recognizable, and distant cousin!

What is a Wallaby?

Wallabies are part of the marsupial group of mammals called macropods, which means 'great-footed animals' — and there are many types of wallaby species. Some well-known family sub-groups are shrub, brush, and rock wallabies. Wallabies can be small to medium-sized animals. Like all macropods, wallabies have strong back legs with long feet. They hop on their back legs when traveling fast, using the tail as a balance. Like bouncing on a spring, it is an energy-efficient way of traveling great distances. Wallabies tend to be active at night and rest during the day. They often eat the leaves of bushes as well as grass and plants.

Baby Wallaby at SeaQuest Littleton, Colorado

Wallaby vs. Kangaroo: What’s the Difference between the Two

Kangaroos are the larger of the two members in the group of macropods. Wallabies share some kangaroo characteristics, such as the pouches in which females keep newborns. Some of the largest kangaroo species can grow over 6ft in height and weigh up to 200 pounds!  However, an average male wallaby only grows to about 2ft to 3ft and weighs between 30 to 40 pounds. Kangaroos also tend to have a longer lifespan ranging from 20-25 years versus the wallaby at 16 to 20 years. Physical characteristics tend to differ between the two as well. Wallabies have smaller facial features but larger ears in proportion to the rest of their face. They also can have distinct color and fur textures, which set each sub-group apart. On the other hand, Kangaroos have evenly proportionate facial features, and their fur color tends to be pretty monochrome. Grey kangaroos have color patterns that fade around the face and neck. Red kangaroos have some white patches on their head and neck areas. Overall, wallabies have become aptly known as a “mini-kangaroo” in the marsupial group of animals. 

Wallaby Fun & Important Facts:

The Wallaby Interaction at SeaQuest

See & Interact with our adorable Wallabies!

SeaQuest is home to several wallabies in our animal family! For an up-close visit with these adorable little mini ‘roos, hop on over to the SeaQuest in your area
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A Sloth’s Journey - Part THREE

Read the conclusion of the story about Perry and new baby Sydney!  

Perry is now able to crawl around…

It’s been a few weeks since the feeding tube was removed and Perry is thriving! She has regained strength and energy, allowing her to eat better and get great exercise. Though she is not nearly as graceful as before, she can flop her arms and limbs over the bar or branches, showing her willingness to climb again.  Last week, for the first time since she got sick, she was able to scratch her head with her foot successfully! We are seeing Perry improve a bit more with each passing day. Getting regular practice at her jungle gym at Dr. Ford’s house, she is more eager to play and crawl outside. Though she is not able to climb trees solely on her own, with extensive therapy we anticipate she could be back to normal in due time.

Perry shines her bright eyes to the camera as Baby Sydney snuggles up

Baby Sydney is a happy, healthy little guy...

With so much concern surrounding Perry and her health condition, it was natural for all of us to worry if baby Sydney would be okay. All new babies crave the nurture and care of their mom, but because Perry had been unable to give full attention to Sydney, we were concerned about how that would affect Sydney’s own growth and progress. However, he has never had any issues! Not only has he been surrounded with oodles of love from the staff and the medical team, but Dr. Ford also made sure that Sydney got plenty of one on one time with Mom whenever they had the chance!  He became very attached to Dr. Ford and her husband while living with them, and was spoiled with lots of toys and treats during mom Perry’s recovery.  

Baby Sydney plays with his new stuffed toy

Perry is doing great with her water therapy!

A few weeks ago, Perry began her water therapy sessions at the Sierra Ranch Pet Rehab center in Roseville, California. We made sure to make a special trip to Folsom just to be there for Perry’s first appointment and we were joined by the film crew for our new reality TV show Fishy Bidness! Set to premiere Friday, November 10th on YouTube, Fishy Bidness! Got to see all of Perry’s recovery.  Perry did great! The staff at the rehab center did a thorough evaluation of her case and created a custom therapy plan for Perry. These sessions have helped Perry improve both mobility and muscle movement. Now that Perry is on the path to a full recovery, she and Sydney have been able to return to her SeaQuest home exhibit, where she will get to visit with guests and visitors again very soon!  Visit the SeaQuest Folsom website  for times and availability to have a special encounter with Perry and baby Sydney!

Perry in her water therapy session at Sierra Ranch Pet Rehab Center in Roseville, CA

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Our new reality show Fishy Bidness! Will feature a three-part series on Perry’s journey. Make sure to follow our SeaQuest Folsom Facebook page for updates on series news and episode premieres. 

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A Sloth’s Journey - Part Two

Perry and new baby Sydney’s story continues in part two; keep reading to find out how their story concludes. 

Sadly Perry still had no use of her hands...

After the surgery to give Perry a feeding tube, she needed round the clock care. Dr. Samantha Ford and her husband, Trevor, took Perry to their home, where she would live with Dr. Ford full time to get plenty of rest for recovery. Since Perry was a new mama, she could not be separated from Sydney for long. Sydney joined her mom at the Ford's. Over the months that Perry and Sydney stayed with Dr. Ford, they faced a grueling recovery. Perry would receive her liquid food and medications through her feeding tube at least twice per day. To get her arms and legs moving, Perry had strict regimented physical therapy sessions with Dr. Ford. Slowly over the course of her stay, she began to improve and was able to start eating small amounts of solid food on her own.

"The first time she ate a grape… I absolutely bawled my eyes out!" says Dr. Ford. It had been such a long road for everyone involved. To see Perry come from the brink of death to her finally being able to eat solid food again, it was an emotional experience the team at SeaQuest Folsom will never forget.

Dr. Ford with Perry and baby Sydney

We built Perry and Sydney an in-home jungle gym...

In order to keep both Sydney and Perry active and thriving, they needed to have an environment setup similar to the trees or limbs they would normally climb in the wild. Dr. Ford and her husband took great care to build an in-home jungle gym out of PVC pipe to keep the pair active. What a difference it makes having individualized daily care. This one-on-one care allowed Dr. Ford the ability to work with Perry on building muscle strength and getting grip back into her limbs and forearms. Sydney took advantage of the new jungle gym toy and loved spending time swinging through the pipes. Part of the development process for a baby sloth is to climb and roam trees with their Mama. This allows mommy sloth to teach her baby how to move which contributes to their growth and survival in the wild. Since Perry was unable to climb with Sydney, the jungle gym at Dr. Ford’s house became Sydney’s own paradise of fun! Trevor and Dr. Ford took it upon themselves to help Sydney with learning to grip and climb.  Both mom and baby were getting the best attention and individualized care possible.

Baby sloth Sydney plays on his jungle gym

 

She immediately started eating better!

Finally, some good news! After two months Perry was strong enough to have the feeding tube removed, dramatically improving her progress. We could tell Perry was feeling better! She immediately started eating solid foods, though they were smaller portions. She also began to have her lovely personality back. Though Perry can be a bit sassy, she was upbeat and moving along nicely. After all this time, she could finally crawl and go out on her own for some playtime in the dirt, or when mealtime would come around. Missing her mom, Sydney also enjoyed having her back. Though not at 100% yet, Perry was able to give more nurture and love to Sydney than she could before. As any typical baby animal would be, Sydney was so attached and dependent on mom that he overwhelmed her a bit. Taking some much needed "Mom Time," Perry would separate from Sydney for a few minutes just to give herself time to rest. Baby sloths are active in their own way, and while Perry is definitely a protective mama, even mom's need a quick break from their kids from time to time! 

More to come in Part Three!

Mama sloth Perry and baby Sydney get some playtime in the sunshine

Follow Perry’s journey and visit her home exhibit!

Our new reality show Fishy Bidness! Will feature a three-part series on Perry’s journey. Make sure to follow our SeaQuest Folsom Facebook page for updates on series news and episode premieres. 

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A Sloth’s Journey - Part One

One of the most unique and fascinating creatures on our planet, the Sloth has grown in popularity as a “favorite” among animal lovers. And at our Folsom SeaQuest our gentle and loving two-toed sloth, Perry, is more than just a favorite. She and her baby, Sydney, have come a long way since they first arrived here. This has been a tough year for most everyone, but Perry’s journey to becoming a new mom and her postpartum experience will tug at anyone’s heartstrings.

We began to notice Perry had been gaining weight...

In September of 2019, our animal care team became a bit concerned when they saw that Perry was putting on some extra weight, despite her very controlled diet. At the time, our Vet felt it was normal and that Perry may need more exercise. As months progressed, we just knew something was not right. Then on December 30th, our morning team was making their rounds and saw something in Perry’s exhibit that shouldn’t be there. In the middle of the night, a new baby sloth was born! We named the baby Sydney, in honor of the fires that were ravaging Australia at the time. It turns out Perry had been pregnant all along, and our former Vet wasn’t aware. Wanting to get the best health care for Perry and baby Sydney, we immediately sought new veterinary services - and found Dr. Samantha Ford, who was a wonderful addition to our SeaQuest family.

New mama sloth Perry (left), and baby sloth Sydney (right)

She couldn’t move her legs or grip onto anything....

Months later, SeaQuest Folsom was closed due to the CoVid 19 shutdown across the country. Again, during a morning check, we saw Perry up in her basket with little Sydney, but she didn’t look quite right. Her eyes seemed glossed over, her arms were flailing and she couldn’t move on her own at all. We immediately called Dr. Ford, who rushed over to do an examination. When she arrived, Perry was distressed but Dr. Ford gave her fluids and vitamins. With little outward signs of injury, Dr. Ford felt the best thing would be to take Perry and baby Sydney to the clinic for observation for the next few days. In case something were to happen, she would have immediate medical care.  

Perry in surgery

We had little hope that she would survive....

That week Perry’s condition worsened and the outlook was grim. Dr. Ford was very concerned about her disorientation, inability to eat, and severe lethargy. She began to have minor tremors in her muscles (no seizures, thankfully) but no grip in her hands, and within days no movement in her limbs.  We were so worried we would lose her. Dr. Ford said the only option to give any chance for survival would be to give Perry a feeding tube. Typically, these types of surgeries for animals like Perry are extremely risky. We had little hope she would survive just the anesthesia. However, we learned she did great! Perry’s long road ahead with a feeding tube would be hard for her, for little baby Sydney, and for her SeaQuest family who were desperately hoping both mommy and baby would be back home soon. Stay tuned for Part Two!

Perry recovering at the vet clinic
Perry after her feeding tube surgery.

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