Mom and Dad were quite protective of their cygnets (baby swans).
The coat of a sleeping male lion.
The big cats are always a big draw at the NEW (North East WI) Zoo near Suamico, WI.
“It is said the eagle was used as [an American] national emblem because, at one of the first battles of the Revolution (which occurred early in the morning) the noise of the struggle awoke the sleeping eagles on the heights and they flew from their nests and circled about over the heads of the fighting men, all the while giving vent to their raucous cries. ‘They are shrieking for Freedom,’ said the patriots.
Thus the eagle, full of the boundless spirit of freedom, living above the valleys, strong and powerful in his might, has become the national emblem of a country that offers freedom in word and thought and an opportunity for a full and free expansion into the boundless space of the future.”
–Maude M. Grant
“I’m wearing a tuxedo because I’m on my way to the Oscars. I’ve been nominated for my starring role in Happy Feet!”
Sharp quills all over his body protect the porcupine from predators. We had to circle this critter to make sure we found his face. His black jaw can be seen above the middle of the fence, his black nose above his jaw, and one eye at two o’clock from his nose.
The colorful and extremely noisy peacock likes to stick out from the crowd. Regal nobility requires attention!
Bobcats prefer a life of solitude rather than live within a pack. After learning to hunt from their mother, they set out on their own when 9 to 12 months of age.
This furry fox shows little concern for the mountain lion lurking nearby.
The giraffe showed his appreciation for the tasty treat.
The white hair frill on this small but scary looking monkey caught our eye.
These raccoons, on the other hand, were content to relax in the shade of their hollow log.
The very popular otters required a diverse environment to showcase their exuberant and playful nature. Their playful antics were indeed fun to watch. (You really otter see ‘em.)
This pelican was bashful and camera shy.
This ground squirrel aka chipmunk was none too happy. Perhaps he considered himself a visitor rather than an inmate at the NEW Zoo near Suamico, WI and objected to being photographed as the latter.