Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Happy National Zoo Lovers Day!

Each year people across the nation celebrate National Zoo Lovers Day on April 8th. Today is the perfect day to plan a trip to a zoo in your area. Enjoy this "unofficial" holiday with the 175 million other people who visit zoos each year. The first public zoo in the United States was opened in 1874 in New York's Central Park. Today the United States has over 350 zoos! Here is a look at some fun things you can do at zoos all over the world!

Getting a grip: A tiger at Busch Gardens takes part in a tug of war contest with visitors

At Busch Gardens in Tampa Bay, Florida you can play tug-of-war with a tiger. 

In this aquarium you can shake hands with otters (Happy Holidays!)

At the Keikyu Aburatsubo Marine Park in Japan you can shake hands with an otter.

elephant sea lion

At the Oregon Zoo an Asian elephant named Chendra likes to take morning walks with her handlers. She sometimes likes to visit some of the other animals, especially Gus the sea lion.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

April Fools Day Animal Pranks

As a kid I always tried to play pranks on my family, which rarely ever worked out. As an adult I've found that the best person to prank is usually my dog. To help you get into the Aprils Fools Day spirit here are some hilarious animal pranks. 

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The Tiny Elf Owl

Elf owls can be found in the Sonoran Desert, mainly around areas with water or with plenty of saguaro cactus. They feed primarily on invertebrates such as moths, crickets and scorpions. They are also the smallest owl in the Sonoran Desert on average only 5 inches tall and weighing 1 to 1.5 ounces.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Irish Animals

St. Patrick's Day is just around the corner, let's take a minute to appreciate the different animals that call Ireland home. Don't bother looking for any snakes in Ireland, you won't find any! There are only 26 land mammal species that are native to Ireland, this is because Ireland was isolated from Europe by the rising sea after the last Ice Age about 10,000 years ago. Some of Ireland's native species include:

Irish Hare

Irish Hare

Connemara Pony

Connemara Pony

Irish Water Spaniel

Irish Water Spaniel

Common Lizard

Common Lizard

Galway Sheep

Galway Sheep

Irish Setter Dog Breed

Irish Setter

Kerry Bog Pony

Kerry Bog Pony

Photos from Vet Street

Thursday, March 13, 2014

A Few Staff Animal Photos

Here at The Jungle Store we have a great love for all animals, ok maybe not spiders, and that means we love taking photos of animals. Here are a few photos our staff have taken from their trips all over the country.

This photo was taken at Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary located in Hot Springs, South Dakota. The sanctuary is home to over 600 wild mustangs which have been named America's Luckiest Wild Horses. They offer a variety of tours that can last from two hours to three days, you can even reserve a cabin.

These photos were taken at the Albuquerque BioPark Aquarium in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The aquarium is part of the Biopark which includes a zoo and botanical garden right next to the Rio Grande.

These photos were taken at the Kansas City Zoo located in Kansas City, Missouri. The zoo opened in 1909 and is now spread across 202 acres. In the fall of 2013 the Kansas City Zoo opened its penguin plaza with interactive learning stations and panoramic viewing windows. The zoo is also planning to add a tiger trail, orangutan canopy and giraffe feeding station in the years to come.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

The Walrus, AKA "tooth walking sea horse"

The walruses scientific name in Latin means "tooth walking sea horse". When the walrus uses its prominent tusks to pull its bulk from the ocean onto pack ice, it looks like an animal is walking on its tusks, hence the name.

Walruses have a lot of skin, actually 20% of their bodyweight is made up of their thick hide. Under that skin, their layer of blubber is about half a foot thick! Its no wonder they can withstand the harsh Arctic weather. Walruses are capable of slowing their heartbeats in order to withstand the frigid temperatures of the arctic waters. Source: Live Science

Thursday, March 6, 2014

A Few Awesomely Weird Products

I don't think I am alone in saying that sometimes I buy things not because I need them, but because they just look cool, weird or whatever. I have put together a list of some of these awesomely weird products that I don't necessarily need but really want. 


The rubber horse head masks have been making their way around the internet for awhile now and are hilarious in pretty much every scenario. It turns out they are even funnier on squirrels.


Sometimes you really need to clean but just want to be lazy, these will make the path from the fridge to the couch sparkling clean.


Mom always said to wear clean underwear! Now all you have to do is soak these tidy whities in water and you're good to go. They may be a little damp, but at least they are clean. 


Because bacon can fix anything


Googly eyes can instantly make anything funny and these are big enough to put on a refrigerator or even your house. 


Few things put a cat in its place better than strapping a unicorn horn to its head

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

The Quetzal: One of the Most Beautiful Birds

Sacred to ancient Mesoamerican people, gorgeously plumed quetzals live in the mountains of Central America.

During mating season, male quetzals grow twin tail feathers that form an amazing train up to three feet (one meter) long. Females do not have long trains, but they do share the brilliant blue, green, and red coloring of their mates. Male colors tend to be more vibrant.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Purple Martins Have Help Finding Homes

Putting up Martin houses used to be so common that John James Audubon used them to choose his lodgings for the night. In 1831, he remarked, “Almost every country tavern has a martin box on the upper part of its sign-board; and I have observed that the handsomer the box, the better does the inn generally prove to be.”

Native Americans used to hang up empty gourds for Purple martins before Europeans arrived in North America. Purples Martins in eastern North America now nest almost exclusively in birdhouses, but birds in the west use mostly natural cavities. 

Friday, February 28, 2014

Prairie Dogs Have Their Own Secret City

Prairie Dogs create underground cities

Photo: A Utah prairie dog eating
Picture from National Geographic

Prairie Dogs live in extensive networks of tunnels underground which are marked by mounds of dirt at their surface entrance.Their burros have distinct changes for sleeping, nurseries and even toilets. They also feature listening posts near the the surface exits so they can listen for dangers outside.  They emerge from the earth during the day to forage and feed on grasses, seeds and roots.