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IT’S A JUNGLE OUT THERE
Every year on Apr. 8, animal lovers from across the nation celebrate their fondness of our furry friends by
visiting their local zoo; this year’s no different. Celebrate Zoo Lovers Day with Jungle Island and get in touch
with The Animal Kingdom like never before through their special “Bucket List” Animal Encounter Series.
T E X T BY R O S PR A D O
PH OTO S CO U R T E S Y O F J U N G LE I S L A N D
Encounter: Lemurs! Up-Close Encounter
The Animals: Meet June, Daisy, Magoo, Storm, Mystery, Houdini,
Sassy and Lucky. They’re Jungle Island’s Black & White Ruffed
Lemurs and Red Ruffed Lemurs.
Age: 10 months
Wild Fact: Female lemurs make all the important decisions…just
like humans. Their nickname is “ghost of the forest” because the
word lemur derives from the Latin word “lemures” which means
ghost or spirits.
Encounter: Winged Wonders Show
The Animal: Meet Mama Cass, a beautiful Cassowary Bird
Age: 25 years
Wild Fact: This is the most lethal bird in the world, but Mama
Cass is one of the only tame ones in her species. A ratite
(flightless bird), the Cassowary is a cousin to the Ostrich and Emu,
yet it resembles a Velocirator with its deadly, long talons.
Encounter: Ultimate Jungle Trek Tour
The Animal: Meet Rama, she’s the cuddliest baby White Tiger in
Age: 16 weeks
Wild Fact: The eye spots on the back of White Tiger ears helps
to prevent predators from sneaking up on them — because, well,
nobody likes to be taken by surprise, especially in the wild.