Glass Lizard (aka Scheltopusik)

The scheltopusik is often overlooked as a snake, but is a great transition species for people afraid of snakes. Their sandy brown coloration and diamond shaped scales are excellent camouflage. They can be hissy and roll in hand, but can also mellow out and relax in hand. Like other reptiles, it needs a specific heat gradient and UVB.

Florida Kingsnake

Latin Name: Lampropeltis getula floridiana Order: Squamata Family: Colubridae Considered an unofficial subspecies of kingsnake Overview Capron Park Zoo has been using a Florida Kingsnake as an Animal Ambassador for several years. It is an easily kept species that is forgiving of a variety of husbandry conditions, a good eater with a curious and non-aggressive…

Ring-necked Pheasant

With plenty of topics to address during programs and a flashy appearance, the Ring-necked Pheasant can be a good addition to an education team. Staff does need to consider lack of motivation during breeding season when planning out program needs.

Leopard Tortoise

Stigmochelys pardalis Order: Testudines Family: Testudinidae Natural History Information Longevity Leopard tortoises live between 50 and 100 years in the wild. Husbandry Information Housing Requirements Life Cycle Natural History Relevant Information Leopard tortoises readily drink standing water. A shallow water dish may be provided, but check it daily, and clean it as required. The size…

Barn Owl

Barn Owl Tyto Alba Order: Strigiformes Family: Tytonidae Overview Although often readily available through wildlife rehabilitation sources, barn owls are not a beginner owl, and acquisition of one should only be considered if facility has experienced handlers. Many facilities have noted they are more challenging than other owl species due to their naturally secretive nature….

Black Vulture

Black vultures can be great ambassadors in the hands of the right trainer.

Turkey Vulture

Cathartes aura Order: Accipitriformes Family: Cathartidae Overview With regard to their availability and suitability as ambassador animals: Turkey vultures can be acquired from rehab and rescue centers. With good training, this species can be reliable in both flighted and non-flighted situations. Turkey vultures are a little more sensitive to large crowds and chaos than some…


Marmota monax Order: Rodentia Family: Sciuridae The name of the order “Rodentia” comes from the Latin word “rodere”, which means “to gnaw”. Groundhogs are part of the marmot group within Sciuridae, and are the largest members of the ground squirrel family. Also known as a woodchuck Overview Groundhogs can be a wonderful addition to an…

Brazilian Black Tarantula

Grammostola pulchra Order: Araneae Husbandry Information Housing Requirements Diet Requirements Wild Diet: they eat a variety of invertebrates, including insects. May also eat small mammals, reptiles and other spiders. Zoo/Aquarium Diet: insects (crickets, dubias, butterworms, etc). After a molt, we do not feed or handle for 2 weeks. Our adults are fed 1 cricket or…

American Crow

Corvus brachyrynchos Order: Passeriformes Husbandry Information Housing Requirements Diet Requirements Fruit and vegetables, seeds, nuts, low-iron softbill diet, harboiled eggs, crickets, mealworms, ground meat, mice. Veterinary Concerns Notes on Enrichment & Training Other Colony or Breeding Management   Individual Identification   Programmatic Information Transportation Temperature Guidelines   Crating: Tips on Presentation Touching Techniques Tips on…