Posts Tagged 'rainforest'

Animal Update – February 7

national aquarium animal update

New Boat-Billed Herons in the Rain Forest! 

Two boat-billed herons, transported to Baltimore from the Buffalo Zoo, have been introduced into our Upland Tropical Rain Forest exhibit!

national aquarium boat-billed heron

Boat-billed herons are found in forested areas near water from Mexico to Argentina.  These stocky birds feed mostly on fish, invertebrates, and small amphibians.

Did you know? The large characteristic beak that gives the bird it’s name is used for both food gathering and for social signaling between other members of the species!

 Both of our herons are females, estimated to be about six-years-old. Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at one of our herons getting a quick exam before going on exhibit:

national aquarium heron exam

Be sure to check back every Friday to find out what’s happening!

Howie the sloth turns 1!

This week the Aquarium is celebrating the birthday of our very first sloth baby! howie2 002 for blog

Baby Howie, a Linne’s Two-toed Sloth was born on exhibit in the Upland Tropical Rainforest on September 2, 2008. His parents, Rose and Syd as well as another adult female sloth, Ivy, have remained on exhibit with Howie as he has grown over the last year.

 At birth Linne’s Sloths weigh only 1 pound and are born with their eyes opened, claws intact and fully furred. They hold tight to their mothers and rely on them for warmth, security and milk for approximately one year. By this age, the baby sloth is normally a whopping 5 pounds and ready to venture out on its own. Howie and Rose parted ways right on schedule on August 31, just 2 days shy of his first birthday. Here is a picture of Howie and Rose, just days before they parted ways:

Howie w Rose blog

Howie can often be seen napping or enjoying his diet of zucchini, squash and grapes. Because the sloths live nestled in the rainforest trees, they are hard to spot! During your next visit to the Aquarium’s rainforest be sure ask an exhibit guide to help you find Howie and the other sloths.

In lieu of presents, you can TXT the word ACT to 20222 to give Howie a gift! Your $5 donation will support the care and feeding of Howie and his 16,000 friends at the Aquarium.


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