November 12, 2012
Jude's Visit to see the Steinhardt's Exotic Animals
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After Hurricane Sandy knocked out the power in lower Manhattan, my daughter, Alexis, and her two children came to stay with me at the farm in Bedford, which is powered by generator. Despite all of the devastation everywhere, it was wonderful to have their company and we did many fun things together. One sunny day, I took Jude to Michael and Judy Steinhardt's property, my friends and neighbors in Bedford. You may recall my previous blogs about their amazing fifty-four acre property that can be described as an exotic wonderland. Jude was thrilled!
1 Jude loved the exotic farm and she was very comfortable as she wandered freely and easily through the pastures and animal houses. This one is the lemur house.
2 These are ring-tailed lemurs who put on quite a show for Jude. Lemurs are a special group of primates found only on Madagascar off the coast of Africa.
3 The lemurs are very friendly and curious. Of the 50 species of lemurs, 17 are on the endangered species list. Habitat loss is the main threat to lemurs, as people clear their native forests for farm land.
4 These Sebastopol geese are a new breed that recently joined the flock.
5 They originated in southeastern Europe and are known for their long curling feathers that drape elegantly from their wings, bodies, and tails.
6 We couldn't decide if these free-range turkeys were strutting their stuff or doing a turkey trot. Whatever, Jude loved them!
7 An errant western tufted deer stood and stared at Jude.
8 These tiny deer, native to China, are known for the tufts of hair on their foreheads.
9 We entered the greenhouse and encountered several common marmosets. Going from the cold outdoors to the warm humid air caused my lens to go foggy. These new world monkeys are only about 8-inches long.
10 This is a male Eclectus parrot, native to the Solomon Islands. This beautiful and rare bird is unusual in that males are green and females bright red. The female can be seen at the bottom right.
11 A serval shares indoor and outdoor cages with about five others. Native to sub-saharan Africa, these gorgeous cats have large, highly sensitive ears that enable them to zero in on prey that they cannot even see.
12 Large tortoises rest quietly in the warmth of a heat lamp.
13 Jude loved the tortoises, or tortugas, in Spanish!
14 This large land tortoise was basking in the warmth of the sun.
15 These are Stanley cranes, also known as blue cranes, and are the national birds of South Africa. They were very unfriendly, even to this poor turkey who flew into the wrong cage.
16 The binturong, also known as the Asian bearcat, is the only member of its genus. Neither a bear nor cat, the binturong is primarily nocturnal and sleeps high in branches. This beautiful creature was not happy to be moved inside for the winter.
17 The fennec fox is the smallest of all the world's foxes. Native to the Sahara, their distinctive, batlike ears radiate body heat and help keep the foxes cool.
18 This is a Geoffrey marmoset, also called a white headed marmoset and is native to Brazil.
19 The African grey parrot is a highly intelligent bird, known as the "Einstein's" of the parrot world because of their incredible talking ability.
20 We saw several albino wallabies. These rare and beautiful creatures are native to Tasmania, the southern island state of Australia.
21 There is a sizable flock of flamingos. Their pink color comes from carotenoid proteins in their diet of animal and plant plankton. I wonder where they will spend the winter? Without a doubt, they'll be well-cared for.
22 We then went to visit the camels and zebras!
23 Jude was fascinated by the striped zebras.
24 Jude and Melana fed sweet potatoes to the camels.
25 Three gorgeous camels!
26 Jude said bye-bye to her camel friends.