Meet The Animals

Meet the Animals Archive

Each month we feature a different animal on our Fun and Learning page! 
Check here to learn interesting facts about past month's featured animals.

 

Meet Ray and Charlie

  • The two brown pelicans in our care, that we call Charlie and Ray, are both female. They both have neuroligical conditions that make it impossible to survive on their own in the wild.
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  • The brown pelican is a great example of an endangered species recovery success story. In the early 1960s and 1970s brown pelicans nearly vanished. A pesticide that was widely used was making pelican egg shells very thin. Pelicans incubate their eggs by using their feet to keep the eggs warm - and the thinned shells were breaking under the weight. By regulating the use of the DDT pesticide, the brown pelican has made a full recovery.
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  • Brown pelicans can spot fish from as high as 60-70 feet in the air. They plunge-dive into the water headfirst, stunning the fish. The pelican drains all the water out of its pouch before swallowing its prey.  
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  • The pelicans pouch acts as a cooling mechanism during warmer weather and can hold three times more than its stomach - up to three gallons. There are air sacks beneath the pelican's skin that cushion the bird's dive into the water.

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