anonymous asked:

Do you ever have problems (aggression etc.) between different species that are living in the same enclosure?

Many of our cohabitated species would have occurred together in the wild anyways, and most of them have been together for a long time now, so at this point problems are fairly rare. Whenever we want to introduce species to each other we gradually introduce them together in controlled settings to see whether they’re compatible. It took a while to get our Doedicurus used to the other animals that they now share an exhibit with, and we still move them to another paddock during the breeding season just to be safe.

There are problems occasionally, though. For example, ever since they started nesting the Incisivosaurus pair have become noticeably more aggressive towards everything else in the Jehol Aviary. At this point a “rivalry” seems to be forming between them and the Chaoyangopterus trio, who don’t seem to get that they should stay away from the nest.

In my experience, the exhibit with the most unrest overall is Pterosaur Tides, mostly due to Sternberg, the big male Pteranodon. He’s highly territorial towards everyone that isn’t a female Pteranodon - and this includes the Anhanguera they share the exhibit with. The Anhanguera generally keep their distance from him, though, and we feed them separately to prevent food scuffles.

There is an… interesting… interaction that recently happened between two animals in a soon-to-open exhibit, but I’m not at discretion to tell yet.

- Rohan

Chupacabra (at the least the Puerto Rican version) is described as reptilian in appearance, with scaly or leathery skin, black or glowing red eyes, mostly bipedal, with a row of quills on its back
Related sightings mention feathers or wings
It’s not a naked coyote we have on our hands
Open ur eyes people

Guys, we have a half-sider.

I’m literally crying with joy right now. 

The reason I was on hiatus is we had a close death in the family, David, a man who was so beautiful and pure it broke our hearts. It was so sudden, and I don’t even think it’s totally sunk in yet. 

This being said, yesterday while feeding my lovely little parrotlets I happened to double take at what I thought was a green yellow pied - turns out he is a green yellow pi / turquoise pi “half-sider”. If you don’t know what that is, it’s a really interesting phenomenon which you can read about HERE. Since you can’t selectively breed for these birds, they are absolutely priceless and one-of-a-kind. 

It’s as if some sort of miracle happened - and so in honor of it all we named our little half-sider Davie


The Odd Couple

There are more questions than answers in these photographs. Why are the Great Blue Heron and Woodchuck hanging out? Why is the heron “fishing” on dry ground? What happened between these two? They won’t even face each other. At least they parted peacefully.


Listen, this is a very beautiful man. Ladies will find a way to mate with him even if proven difficult.

Managians arnt like domestic turkeys who have been selectively bred for their (detrimental) size and built, but they do have a problem with obesity much like Ocos. Gone are the days of a diet of regular vegetables and the occasional kill, now Managians indulge in a diet saturated in bread, meat, sugar and booze. Unlike Ocos who tend to get very insecure about the topic of their bodies, Managians men are all about being as huge and colorful as possible reguardless of ~means~


Black-throated Sparrow

In Arizona we often call this bird the Desert Sparrow. In the winter small flocks search for seeds and insets hidden under tangles of cactus. Hikers are often startled by the whirring wings of surprised Black-throated Sparrows. 

A while back when I was talking about Petee’s ideal future I mentioned him connecting with other “cross imprinted” people and learning to accept Ardith as being just a good friend and finding love with people who ~understand him~

This completely hypothetical character is Elma, a Managian raise by Daws (to some extent). Seeing that no Dawish attire fits her she grew up wearing any bargain bin Managian clothing her caregivers could find regardless of intended gender. Even as an adult Elma still likes to “crossdress”,  being fond of extremely masculine colors like baby blue and pink.

If Petee and Elma kissed it would probably look weird.

My “high fantasy” setting was essentially in a very Tolkien-like world, only the Mideavel battles and the infamous war with the Orcs a thing of the distant past. The world is in modern day with machines and computers. Magic, a sort of wave-particle radiation, permeates the Earth which much technology and organisms depend on (notable exception of humans…).

Humans were Homo Sapiens as we know them. The most populous of all sapient species which most forms of magic. like fibre, is unabsorbable and goes right though our bodies. 

Dwarves are our closest relatives, a light magic using decendant of Neanderthals and the Denisovan hominins. Ranging from 4′6″-5′4″, Dwarves ate a diet heavy in meat and tubers and often lived in underground cmplexes, tho many now use “human-style” architecture. Humans and Dwarves could interbreed easily and produce fertile young.

Halflings” were a critically endangered species descendent of Homo floresiensis who prefers to stay out of global politics. Originally of no “use” there has been a boom of “interest” in them from Humans and Dwarves due to their possible connection with their mysterious extinct “progenitors” (Homo erectus)

Elves were high magic using decendants of Ardipithecus. Extremely lithe and vaguely gibbon-like, their high intelligence and extended lifespan of the elves is due to their heavy dependance on magic. Like the relation of Humans and Dwarves and Hobbits, Elves are actually a genus consisting of several species, notibly the High elves, Drow, and Wood elves (as humans call them). Elves were resistant to use modern technology and in general the tech of other people, older elves are still more likely to use cervine as transport then own a car, tho the hip younger generation of Elves take far more interest in other species.

Orcs were a sapient offshoot of Australopithicus. While often portrayed to be 8 foot tall, in life Male Orcs are only a bit larger then the average man (tho considerably stronger). Orcs hate how the Human-Orc conflicts are taught  and treated, wars that had a incredibly diminishing impact on their people and ended up driving them to poverty for decades.

Trolls had no relation to other species, instead being a mysterious race of sapient terrestrial echidnoderms. Going though highly complex life cycles, Troll larva start off as mouse size bilaterally symmetrical creatures, to the squat “lopsideders” and eventually becoming their 8 foot tall sexually mature adult form. Trolls are nocturnal, and make a thick mucus “cast” around their bodies when they rest that hardens during the day.

The “High Ones” are somewhat the equivalent to the Maiar, mysterious highly powerful entities seemingly like no other creature on earth. They mostly live in the Arctic (and Antarctic) circle, and have. They have curiosity in other species (and manipulating them), but are secretive of their own lives and tech, killing those who come near their settlements. (They also may or may not of been aliens…)

Ogres existed as a Homo habilis-like species that are raw meat and had the intelligence of dolphins. Dragons are semi terrestrial lobe finned fish that like elves were also highly dependant on Magic.