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Compass E co 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 LOVING LEMURS 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. WINGED WHOA 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. FEROCIOUSLY ADORABLE Encounter: Ultimate Jungle Trek Tour The Animal: Meet Rama, she’s the cuddliest baby White Tiger in the world. 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. 26