IN THIS EXHIBIT
A group of bison raise their large shaggy heads to gaze at passersby. Symbols of the successful conservation movement in America, they often command more attention than some of the zoo’s newer, more interactive exhibits.
Here you can also witness the distinctive walk of the Bactrian camel. These two-humped camelids are native to the Gobi Desert of Mongolia and China. Temperatures are extreme there---freezing cold in the winter and very hot in the summer. Bactrians, with their shaggy fur, can handle the frost and shed their layers to cope with heat. Their ears, eyes, and nose are also specially adapted to deal with desert climes.
Nearby, you’ll see stripes as you encounter two different zebra species. The Grevy’s zebras are large and slim, and their belly is white; Grant’s zebras are shorter and stockier, and their stripes run clear around their underside. Each individual has a distinctive striping pattern, as unique as a human fingerprint.
The long, spiraled horns of the addax distinguish this unique antelope in another yard. The horns of older adults can grow three feet long and have three spiraling turns. Dwellers of the Sahara Desert, they were almost hunted to extinction but are making a slow comeback, thanks in part to breeding facilities at zoos.