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Mature male leopards are not only at least 60% larger than females, but they also are broader, have larger chest girths and larger, longer heads. There is something else that you may notice about mature male leopards – their large necks are adorned with a loose fold of skin that hangs from the underside of the neck. These skin folds are called dewlaps. Dewlaps are often seen in different species throughout the… Read More

I study two of the most elusive spotted cats – the leopard and the serval. I am fascinated with both. The solid-built silhouette of the leopard that stalks through the shadows, with every step muscles ripple, exuding pure power and the elegant, light framed several – the long-legged spotted beauty that’s athleticism would make even an Olympic athlete green with envy. Both of these cats are just downright incredible. Now the problem… Read More

Here’s your weekly (has it been weekly? I don’t think so but let’s pretend) zoo update. Elsie and Annabelle, the mini longhorns that mom brought up, are doing well. Elsie (the mom) has figured out the petting zoo routine and will come up and eat grain out of guests’ hands. The fainting goats are also doing well, just refusing to faint so everyone thinks their duds – I swear they are fainters!… Read More