Red Moose

After that long trip through the Imagitoons Zoo you could probably use a little energy boost! Why not try Red Moose, the energy drink that gives you so much energy it literally gives you laser eyes! That's both an advertisement and a warning...drink at your own risk!

Colossus Bird

The colossus (co-loss-us) bird is one of the largest birds on the planet and by far the largest bird at the Imagitoons Zoo! Colossus birds are so large that they need four stout legs to hold them up! Their small wings have no hope of allowing the birds to fly so instead they are used to cool the bird in the Sun's heat! These birds really ham it up for a crowd, which is why they are one of my favorites! This particular bird eats A LOT - anything we give it - and we are constantly having to clean its fact it looks like we need to now!

Well my friends, that's the Imagitoons Zoo thus far! You've been our first guests through since we opened - I'm sure we'll add more animals soon! Now back to your regularly scheduled Imagitoons...

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Ghost Bird

Here we have one of our creepiest creatures, the ghost bird! This nocturnal creature gets its name from its ghastly gray feathers...and the fact that it's eggs always have markings that resemble "R.I.P." on tombstones!! They also get their name from the ghostly howls that they make - no happy little chirps come from these birds! These birds tend to stay in groups which can become very menacing very quickly! Here you can see that ghost birds like mud - lots and lots of mud so we've done our best here at the Imagitoons Zoo to provide for them!!

Well, it looks like we're coming to the end of our visit, but we've saved one of my favorites for last!!

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Emicolo Bird

We go from a bird that goes crazy when it sees color to a bird that emits color while it flies! It's the emicolo (em-E-co-low) bird! This bird is fun to watch especially since you never know which colors are going to be made when it flies! The emicolo is a bird that spends most of its time flying because its small stubby legs make it hard to for it to get around on the ground. These birds typically live in heavily wooded rain forests, which makes their colors easy to see in the shade provided by the trees. The length of the color trail depends on the age of the bird - the older it is, the longer the color trail! It is said to be good luck to walk through a emicolo's color trail which is relatively easy to do in the wild since they fly in groups. You can often find a trail of several colors lingering after a group of emicolos fly through!

We could stand here all day and watch these amazing birds...but we should make room for others to see them! Let's move along, Kiddos!

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Hello again, Kiddos! Here we have a twit (t-wit). As you can see, we keep this bird in an all white room - this is because twits can be very excitable when they see multiple colors. We are currently viewing the twit through a false window - the twit sees a blank white wall on the other side. These creatures are very dangerous and hostile in the wild. This is because all of the colors that exist in nature. Once the colors are removed, twits behave peacefully, just like the one you see here! Even in an all white room though we sometimes have problems because the twit can see the color on its own wings and beak!

We'll leave this peculiar bird alone, let's see what's next!

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Welcome to the Imagitoons Zoo Aviary!! Our first stop brings us to the small purpala (perp-all-uh). These birds perch on small branches and sing nearly all day long, stopping only for a meal of bugs. They really like to stay in groups - in fact, it is very rare to see a lone purpala. Purpalas have naturally purple feathers and pink beaks, which makes them easy to spot in the wild. These aren't your average everyday backyard birds - if you ever do see one in your backyard it's probably only because they are in the middle of their bi-yearly trans-continental worldwide migration which no one is really sure why they take!

Let's keep moving along, there are a lot of interesting creatures in our aviary!!

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Swatat Turtle

Finishing out the Imagitoons Zoo Reptile House is the swatat (sw-at-at) turtle. Visitors always compare this creature to the Star Wars "AT-AT" vehicle, for obvious reasons. In truth, it is a good comparison because as few people know, the "AT-AT" was modeled after the swatat turtle! Swatat turtles can be very menacing as once full grown they can stand nearly 4 ft (1.22 m) tall! Swatat turtle legs alone can grow up to 3 ft (0.91 m) long!! These creatures are dwindling in numbers because their legs are seen as delicacies in remote parts of the world. The turtles that do remain stay in groups, wandering across open fields in search of a nice shrubbery lunch!

Well kiddos, it's time to hit the Aviary!! See ya Monday!

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Moving from one that likes it hot to one that seems to have a cold, this is our reptyle (rep-tile). The name comes from the fact that it is hard to tell which group of animals this creature belongs to - some refer to it as the "platypus of reptiles". This creature has a very poor immune system and gets sick quite often. When the reptyle is feeling better he usually is a pretty jubilant creature and romps around outside entertaining our guests here at the zoo. In the wild these creatures stay in groups which actually encourages the spread of illnesses, but the reptyles are good at taking care of their own when they are sick. We're hoping to get another reptyle here at the Imagitoons Zoo soon!

Well, let's let this guy sleep and hopefully he'll feel better in the morning!

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Welcome back, kiddos! Here you can see one of our pterodragons (tare-o-drag-un) enjoying herself under the heat lamp. Pterodragons like to be as hot as they can, so we have several of these lamps installed. Temperatures can reach up to 125°F (52°C) in the exhibit, and the pterodragons thrive in those conditions. These creatures have small wings which do not enable them to sustain flight, instead they help them to jump higher by providing a little bit of lift. This helps them in the wild to climb to the top of rocks and bask in the sunlight with other pterodragons.

I'm getting hot just looking at this one - let's move along and cool down some!

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Lumina Lizard

Here you can see our lumina (loom-in-uh) lizard...oh wait, no you can't - let me hit the lights. Ahh! There we go! As you noticed, lumina lizards can't be seen in the light. They have very unique skin that makes them impossible to see during the daytime, but at night it causes them to glow brightly. Most people would expect a creature like this to be nocturnal, but in reality the lumina lizard lives half in the day and half in the night. The first part of their day (in daylight) is spent sneaking up on insects and eating them - the second part of their day (in the night) is spent avoiding their nocturnal predators who can see them quite easily as they glow! You can see here that one lumina lizard is hiding under the water to avoid detection!

We'll leave the lights off so others can see the lumina lizards when they come by!

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Captelum Snake

Our first exhibit in the Imagitoons Zoo Reptile House is the captelum (cap-tell-um) snake. The captelum snake is not the only snake in the world with two heads, but is the only snake with arms. Its arms are not very useful to the snake, but it does allow the snake to sit upright (as seen here) and still eat. Here you can see that a lightning spider has got into the exhibit and has scared our captelum snake. This isn't uncommon since the captelum snake is afraid of almost everything - often times even its other head!

We should probably move along before we scare it too!

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Treygus (tray-gus) are one of the most intelligent creatures here at the Imagitoons Zoo. The building we're in was actually designed by our most famous treygus named "Treygor". Treygus are very playful creatures and are not in the least bit shy. When we go in to feed them their fruit bowls and hot dogs we have a hard time leaving because they make such great hosts! This is a creature that is very much endangered in the wild because trappers use them to do manual labor. We're lucky enough to have a family of 3 of them here with one baby on the way!

Be sure to pick up your free Treygor model at the zoo giftshop!

I'll see ya back here next week for our tour through the Reptile House!!

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The grazzel (graze-ul) is a very peaceful creature which spends most of its day grazing on grass. Grazzel stay in large groups which are very mindful of the amount of grass in an area. They make sure to eat only the tall grass (acting almost like lawn mowers), leaving the short grass to continue to grow for later consumption. As you can see here, males and females have their own distinctive traits. Females have a distinct mark on their foreheads and have utters. Males (in the background) do not have the forehead mark or utters, but instead have antlers and more spots on their backs.

These are great creatures to watch...but honestly they're probably not going to do anything exciting, so we can move along!

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Voligna (vole-ig-na), aka "Sitters", are very strange creatures. Most people don't think they are in the exhibit, but then I tell them to look up. As you can see, they're still hard to see because they're so high! They like to sit on top of that pole most of the day and just talk. Sitters are very rare creatures in nature - they live at such great heights that the few that exist don't get noticed too often. I don't know if you can tell from this far away, but sitters do not have any fur or hair on their bodies but they do have wings. They fly up to the top of that pole every morning, and then fly back down at night. Being mammals, sitters give birth to live young. Baby sitters are born a gray-ish color and depending on what they are fed they become male (blue) or female (pink). Odd, huh?

We'll give your neck a rest and move on to the next exhibit!

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Berry Dog

Berry dogs gets their name from the berry bushes they call home. When they were first discovered several hundred years ago, they had only started to grow green-ish colored fur to blend in with the berry bushes. As you can see, berry dogs are now fully green and have even grown berry like spots in their fur. This often leads visitors to our zoo to believe that their isn't a berry dog in the exhibit when in fact there are several! Berry dogs can be very territorial over the bushes that they inhabit. Here you can see we have red berry dogs but there are berry dogs for just about any color of berry there is. This is one of the few animals that lives throughout the world - if you've got berries, you've probably got berry dogs somewhere!

Ooh, it looks like one of our most obscure mammals is next!

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Our first stop at the Imagitoons Zoo mammal exhibit is this wonderful girothum (jur-oth-um). Girothum live in a large group which allows there to always be members watching for danger. In the even that the group is threatened, the male girothums call out in a low to high pitch grunt in an attempt to scare away the threat. Most of the time, however, girothums just wander around eating from bushes and shrubery. They have been known to live in amongst giraffes and even fought with the giraffes victoriously against the ostriches.

We'll let this fisty little guy be - let's move along, kiddos!

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Optipluralis Whale

Our last stop at the Imagtioons Zoo Aquarium brings us to the largest aquatic creature at the zoo - the optipluralis (op-ta-plur-al-us) whale. Its most distinct feature is of course its size. What most people notice next is its distinct tail shape. The large fan like tail enables the optipluralis whale to swim quite fast for its size. The feature most people miss, and the feature for which the whale's name is derived, is its multiple eyes. The optiplralis whale's eyes can act together to help the whale see for long distances, or they can work seperately to help the whale see most of its surroundings. The optipluralis whale is pretty rare to see in the wild and we're even one of the few zoos to have one of these wonderful creatures!

Well kiddos, that wraps up our walk through the Aquarium - now it's time to go see the Land Mammals exhibit! See ya back here Monday!

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Despite the name, the gelfish (jel - fish) is not a fish at all - it is merely a floating sentient blob. As you can see by looking at this one, gelfish are slightly translucent. We have yet to figure out why this is significant, but it does let us see some of its insides! (*gross*) These guys float along eating plant life, and have been known to occasionally eat parts of themselves or one another. (*ewww*) This isn't a problem since gelfish can slowly regenerate themselves and even add to their own size by collecting more blob-matter. The size of a gelfish is limited, however, by the ability of its organs to sustain it. For this reason, most gelfish remain relatively small.

For our last stop in the Aquarium we'll go from really small to REALLY BIG!!

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Rainbow Ridge Fish

Rainbow ridge fish are the result of breeding goldfish and rainbow trout. They tend to stay in groups where they crack jokes at anything they see. These fish live in shallow water and eat mainly algae and other plant life. Rainbow ridge fish are very fast swimmers which helps them to avoid being eaten by many of their predators. The lack of fins reduces the agility of the fish, but the species has adapted to this and can turn and twist their bodies to steer quite effectively.

I think they finally started cracking jokes at us so it's probably best that we move along!

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Here you can see a fairly rare tentesca (ten - tess - ka). This aquatic creature has what looks like a lure protruding from its head. Truth be told, that "lure" serves mainly as a device to entertain the tentesca as it floats along - moving it back and forth in a playful manner. However, the tentesca can also us the "lure" as a club to hit fish as they swim by. Usually only temporarily stunning the fish, the tentesca must then propel itself over to the fish to devour it. The tentesca's tentacles pack quite the sting - coupled with the club-like "lure", the tentesca can be a threat from above and below to any unsespecting fish.

Well, we'll let this guy float along in peace - let's move along, kiddos!

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Corillia Fish

Our first stop at the Imagitoons Zoo brings us to the Aquarium. It's not hard to spot this bright corillia (core-ill-E-uh) fish against the dark colors of its deep coral home. The corillia fish is one of the few fish with small hands which it uses to pick up small objects. The corillia fish primarily eats small snails, but also enjoys gnawing on the surrounding coral. Corillia fish live in groups, but typically go exploring alone, like this one here!

Let's see what's next...ooh! I like this next one...

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One year anniversary!

To celebrate, we're going to be going on a field the Imagitoons ZOO!!! Every weekday in August we're going to be stopping by an exhibit to check out the wonderful creatures that the newly opened Imagitoons Zoo has to share! Bring a friend (the buddy system you know) and grab a map - first stop, the Aquarium!

See ya back here Monday!