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Zoo Ranger Script—**********
Hi and Welcome to the **********. My name is Greg Hudson and I’m the Executive Director here. On behalf of the staff and everyone associated with the zoo I would like to say thank you for your support. Just by you deciding to visit us today you have helped the zoo fulfill its mission of animal conservation and educating the public about our wonderful animals. And, of course, while you’ are here we want you to have a great time. The Zoo Ranger Tour you have in your hand is a new an innovative way to experience one of the greatest animal collections in the world. You are going to see and hear great information about our rare and endangered animals and also get insight to the important conservation programs that we are championing here at the **********. We are trying to help wildlife all over the world. Again, thank you for being our guest today at the zoo. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to make it more memorable. Thanks and have a great time at the zoo.
Hello, I am Gloria Campos, WFAA TV news anchor and long time **********member. It is my pleasure to be your host today as you take your Zoo Ranger Tour through the **********. Come with me and be prepared to see and learn a whole lot about the remarkable animals who live here.
Lemur Lookout - The lemurs at Lemur Lookout welcome you to the first stop on your journey through the **********. Look closely, these primitive primates can be found sitting in the cool canopy of the trees or sunbathing on the ground. Found only on the island of Madagascar, the lemur’s ability to leap quickly through the tree canopy and disappear into their surroundings earned them the Latin name lemures, meaning “ghosts”. But these ghosts aren’t silent. Listen! Did you hear a grunt or a squeak, or maybe a bark or meow? Lemurs reserve their loud vocalizations for locating each other up in the tree canopy. Take a closer look at what sets these primates apart from the rest.
Keeper, Dan - Diversity is the name of the game for lemurs. There are 32 species with their own unique characteristics. However, they do all have one thing in common. Lemurs rely heavily on their sense of smell. We know this because they have long muzzles and a wet nose. Lemurs can communicate with their scent glands. They scent mark their territory, preferred objects, and even each other. Depending on the species, scent glands may be found on a lemur’s wrist, head, chest, shoulder, or rump. Do you see any lemurs scent marking? Look closely; they may be rubbing their wrists or chests on a tree or rock, or even having a stink fight? A stink fight!? Yep, Ringtail lemurs will scent their tail and wave it over their head at another lemur. Hey, it's better than a real fight!
Children’s Zoo - You have just arrived at The Lacerte Family Children's Zoo. Wander on in to the Lacerte Family Children’s Zoo and be prepared to engage all of your senses. Feel the water running over your toes in the stream. Hear the songs from the birds at Bird’s Landing. Feel the soft fur of a rabbit or guinea pig in the Barnyard. Gaze upon the natural wonders in the Nature Exchange. Take a closer look at the Underzone. You’ll discover what it’s like to live life underground. I heard a rumor that it's not just for kids.
Nature Exchange, Lisa –
Discovery House, Deidra –
Farm Yard, Jobi –
Under Zone, Jobi –
Travis and Zach’s Bird Landing, Kirsten -
Flamingo Pond - Come wade into the water or stand on one foot with us at the Flamingo Pond, the first exhibit in Zoo North. Here you can see bright pink flamingos and a lot of other water birds. As you look over the pond, you might see flamingos sweeping their heads back and forth in the water. This is how they eat. They are filtering out food that is in the water with their highly specialized bill. Flamingos get their pink coloring from the food they eat. The pink coloration that you see comes from a chemical called carotene, which can be found in the small crustaceans and other types plankton that they eat. Take a closer look at what the ********** is doing to conserve these beautiful birds in the wild.
Curator – Chris Brown
Wings of Wonder - As you peer into the habitats of the Wings of Wonder, you’ll get a chance to meet some of the largest flying animals in the world! Take a moment to look at our national symbol, the bald eagle. Can you guess how much this majestic bird weighs? It is amazing to think that a bird that stands almost as tall as a 5-year old child only weighs only 7-14 pounds! Even the largest eagle in the world, the harpy eagle, only weighs about 20 pounds. A bird’s feathers and hollow bones help keep them light and agile. Take a closer look and discover why birds truly are the aerial acrobats of the natural world.
Keeper – Lori
Bird and Reptile Building - Hi! Welcome to the **********’s Bird and Reptile Building. This building opened in 1966! Did you know that birds and reptiles are actually very closely related? In fact, some would tell you that birds are really a type of reptile. Well. . . let's let the scientists figure that out. In the mean time, check out the amazingly diverse reptile, amphibian, and bird collection of more then 185 species and over 680 individuals! With more than fifty exhibits, you should find something new to see every time you come, including some of the world’s rarest species such as the Tuatara, Bushmaster, Gray’s Monitor, and Texas Blind Salamander.
Otter Outpost - You are approaching the Betty Moroney Norsworthy Otter Outpost. A generous gift from Ms. Norsworthy allowed us to recreate this tiny otter’s natural habitat. The otter outpost is home to Asian Small clawed otters - the smallest of all the otter species. Small-clawed otters are social animals that live in large family groups. In the wild, it is not unusual to see up to 15 animals in a single group. With big families comes lots of activity. Look for them swimming in the deep pool, frolicking in the stream, and exploring the rest of their home. But, even otters must sleep. So, if by chance you can’t see them in the exhibit be sure to take a peak into their bedroom or “holt”.
Voice Over Otter - Take a closer look at this otter’s hands. They are different from those of other otters but very similar yours and mine. They actually have fingernails (not claws) and their fingertips are very sensitive. This is because they hunt with their hands. They feel around in the mud, in crevices, and under rocks for snails, clams, crabs, crawfish, and frogs – their favorite food.
Elephants - These animals really are living large - and it’s good to be big! At over 10,000 pounds, Elephants are rarely bothered by predators in the wild. Take a look at our elephants – would you want to challenge such a huge animal? You may have noticed their large ears and trunk but did you notice their enormous feet? Just imagine the size of their footprints – they’re about the size of a large dinner plate! Can you believe these huge animals walk on their toes? Elephant feet have three or four toes and a large cushion which acts as a shock absorber. Look closely – can you see their toenails? Take a closer look into how an elephant might use their large feet to communicate.
Keeper, Karen -
Primate Place - Come swing or hang by your tail with us here at Primate Place. As you walk along Primate Place you might see a Spider Monkey hanging by it prehensile tail or playing in an empty tub. You might even see a gibbon swing across its exhibit hand over hand with breath taking speed. As you walk though Primate Place, remember to look up in the trees and keep your eyes peeled! You never know what these primates might do. Make sure you have visited Tamarin Treetops, and catch a glimpse of the Golden Lion and Cotton Top Tamarins. There are a lot of different primates here and they are from all over the world. Take a closer look can you tell what makes a primate a primate.
Voice Over - Look closely and you will notice that all of these primates have a few things in common. For example all of them have five fingers and five toes but the thumb and the big toe are the most interesting. All primates have “opposable” thumbs and big toes. This means the thumb can face and touch the end of each of the fingers of the same hand while the big toe can face and touch all of the toes on the same foot. Try that at home.
Tigers - Watch out! You are entering the realm of the tiger. You will find Asian Tigers in the ExxonMobil Endangered Tiger habitat. This large predator may actually be a little hard to spot. Although they are large, powerful animals and fast runners; they usually cannot outrun their prey. So, they have to be sneaky. They try to get as close as they can before they burst out of the brush and rush forward. Their orange color, striped coat, and excellent vision, smell, and hearing make it easy. Aside from man, this animal is widely considered to be the most effective predator on earth. Unlike man, however, the tiger is highly endangered.
Voice Over - Take a closer look at this beautiful habitat. It is only a small part of the total space the ********** has dedicated to this endangered species. “Behind the Scenes” the ********** has space to allow the animals to breed and raise young. Specially designed areas help our keepers work with and train the animals.
Galapagos Tortoise - Thanks to a gift from Nancy Hamon in honor of Mary McDermott Cook, the Zoo is now home to Galápagos tortoises. This is the largest species of tortoise in the world. Roaming the world before dinosaurs, tortoises are ancient animals. The tortoises you are looking at will probably celebrate many birthdays because they commonly reach ages of 100 to 150 years. In some cases, there have been reports of Galapagos tortoises reaching 200 years of age.
Voice Over – Galapagos tortoises are highly endangered. Discovered by pirates and whalers sailing the Pacific Ocean off the coast of South America in the 1700s, Galapagos tortoises were once used as a source of food and water. Able to survive long periods without food and water, these tortoises were stored on their backs on board ship. Their urine provided water and they were eaten when food supplies ran low.
Bug U! - Really! You can find this bug in TEXAS! Well, it's big enough. Bug U is a great place to discover the good side of critters with a bad reputation. They’re everywhere! Bugs live on land, in the water, fly across the sky, tunnel below the ground and under the bark of trees. They are found on every continent and without them we could not survive! They pollinate crops, help garbage and waste decompose and help make a variety of products we use everyday. All of the animals on display in Bug U are found in the state of Texas, which has more then 30,000 known species! Not all the species are “bugs”, come on in and learn the difference!
Keeper, Tim -
Wilds of Africa - Welcome to the Wilds of Africa! Throughout this 25-acre exhibit, you’ll find yourself surrounded by the sights, sounds, wildlife, and culture of Africa. Take a closer look into life in the six major habitats of this great continent.
Martin Aviary - Welcome to the A.D. Martin Forest Aviary! This exhibit represents the Central African rainforest, which is the second largest rainforest in the world. Located along the equator, this is where you will find half of Africa’s wildlife. In a four-mile area of this rainforest, you may see up to 400 different species of birds. Although you won’t see that many species in this exhibit, you will have the chance to see a wide variety of plants and some beautiful and unusual birds. Did you see that bird?
Penguins - The first animals on your African journey are African penguins. Though they might seem a little awkward on land, penguins are graceful and speedy swimmers. Can you see these graceful creatures “flying” through the water? Penguins have to be fast swimmers so they can catch their fishy meals. That’s no easy task! One African penguin will catch and eat up to 15 fish every day. It may seem strange to see penguins in a hot climate like Texas. Take a closer look to see how these penguins beat the heat.
Voice Over - Did you know some penguins live near the equator? Unlike their cold-weather relatives, these African penguins actually live along the coast of Africa where the weather is mild. In fact, African penguins like their water between 50 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit. This means we heat their pool in the winter and cool it in the summer. Take a closer look and you’ll see our penguins are covered in tiny feathers that almost look like hair. These feathers help to keep a penguin’s skin dry and its body streamlined so can they zip through the cool water.
Saddle Billed Storks - Have you ever stood eye-to-eye with a bird? At 5 feet tall, saddle-billed storks are the tallest of their kind in Africa. Don’t be fooled by their tall, lanky appearance. These birds are skilled predators. In the wild, Saddle-billed storks spend most of their time wading through water in search of frogs, fish, and crabs. If you’re lucky, you’ll get the chance to see these long-legged predators in action – poking around the pool for their lunch. Take a closer look at these beautiful birds and uncover their link to the ancient Egyptians.
Voice Over - Not all storks are known for their beauty, but saddle-billed storks, with their black and white feathers and colorful beak, are quite striking. In fact, these storks are so beautiful they caught the attention of the ancient Egyptians. These early people incorporated saddle-billed storks into their language of hieroglyphics. Images of these birds can be found on the pyramids and tombs of Egypt.
Nile Crocodile - Look carefully into the water and you may catch a glimpse of the top of a Nile crocodile at Crocodile Isle. You’re just scratching the surface. Like icebergs, these cold-blooded reptiles spend much of their day with more than 90% of their body submerged under water. Unlike icebergs, they are found in the rivers, lakes, and swampy areas near the Nile River in Africa. If you’re really lucky, you’ll see all 900 pounds of our male crocodile sunbathing in the grass or on the sandy beach.
Voice Over - Wow! Did you get a look at those teeth? The inside of a crocodile’s mouth probably doesn’t sound like a great place to hang out. But, it’s exactly where most crocs start out in life. Female Nile crocodiles will roll their eggs between their tongue and the roof of their mouth to help the young hatch. When danger approaches these protective moms will scoop their young into their mouths. Hmmm Maybe it’s not such a bad place after all.
Chimps - Welcome to the Kimberly-Clark Chimpanzee Forest. Our eight-member troop calls this remarkable habitat home. Chimpanzees are social animals and have developed a many different ways to establish and maintain their relationships. One way is to groom each other. Grooming is a very important behavior in a chimpanzee troop. Usually the males or the most dominant animals are groomed the most. Mothers and daughters also spend a lot of time grooming each other. Keeping a careful eye on grooming behavior can tell you a lot about who is who in a chimpanzee troop.
Voice Over, Chimp training (female) -
Kopji - Islands of rock in a sea of grassland, kopjes are giant granite outcroppings that often serve as lookout sites for large predators. The ancient granite breaks down to a rocky home for meerkat, klipspringers, rock hyrax, and lappet-faced vultures along with many other types of birds. Look over at that mound and you will see some of the best know residents of the kopje-the market. Host points in direction of the mound.
Voice Over - Did you see a head pop up and look around? It’s probably a meerkat scout checking for danger. Meerkats live in burrows and are members of the mongoose family. These cute carnivores, made famous in the movie “The Lion King” have an unusual social structure. Each colony has a primary breeding male and female. Other meerkats in the colony stand guard, baby-sit, and help feed the young. These fast little mammals can take on a snake, but they usually eat scorpions, beetles, small reptiles, birds, and small mammals.
Gorilla - Do you smell something? What you smell is the rich natural scent of Western lowland gorillas known as gorilla musk. You are entering the Jake L. Hamon Gorilla Conservation Research Center. This exhibit features two troops of gorillas who live in separate habitats. In the wild, gorillas spend much of their day foraging for food or building nests for napping. Look closely and you may see a gorilla peeling the leaves off a plant for an afternoon snack. Check out the view from one of the bunkers if you want to see a gorilla up close. Take a closer look at how similar, and different, the gorillas are to you. We know they’ll be taking a closer look at you.
Voice Over - Some gorillas find us as fascinating as we find them. They always seem to be watching us out of the corners of their eyes. To get a really good look at them, crouch down, turn your body sideways, and look at the gorillas out of the corner of your eyes. This is a way of telling them you are not a threat. Gorillas interpret direct eye contact or staring as aggression. As you watch, notice the expressions on their faces. Can you tell what they are thinking or feeling?
Gorilla Research Station, Gary -
Mandrill - Who are these colorful animals? This is the Mandrill. The Mandrill is the largest of the monkeys with adult males weighing almost 60 lbs. The females are much smaller. The “natural habitat” of this animal is the dense tropical forests of central Africa. We actually have a very small troop at the Dallas Zoo. It is not unusual to find troops with up to 50 individuals in the wild. Imagine what THAT must look and sound like.
Voice Over - Male mandrills are colorful, both coming and going. Take a closer look at the bright blue and purple of the male’s rump. Can you see how bright color might help members of a troop follow him through the dense forest? Male mandrills also have colorful blue and red faces. The dominant male has the reddest face of all.
Okapi - If you look through the trees of the woodland habitat you may find an illusive forest creature, the okapi. With a rump covered with stripes, you may think the okapi is a relative of the zebra. But these shy animals are actually related to the giraffe. Though not nearly as tall, okapi and giraffe share the same sloping hindquarters and head shape – and an extra long tongue. An okapi’s tongue is over 15 inches long! They use their long tongues to wrap around leaves just like their giraffe relatives. Take a closer look at these shy creatures and discover how stripes help okapi survive life in the forest.
Voice Over - How can an animal hide in plain sight? In the African forest, okapi must find a way to hide from predators. They do this by being very quiet and by being hard to see. Black and white stripes on their legs and rump help. Bright black and white stripes for hiding??? Though these stripes may stand out up-close, in the forest; they look like light filtering through the trees! Did you know the stripe pattern of each okapi is unique? Just like your fingerprints.
The Hill - Whew! You made it to the top of The Hill. This rugged limestone hill is home to many rare animals, including the rare black rhino. Beautiful spotted cheetahs and wart hogs also can be found here. This is one of the original parts of the Zoo. Did you know that the Dallas Zoo was founded in 1888 so it is the first zoo in Texas? It is also the largest Zoo with a total of 95 acres.
Rhino - Although we know a lot about rhinoceros, there is still much we don’t know. For example, we are not certain of the exact amount or kind of nutrients a black rhino really needs to eat to stay healthy, so we are conducting studies to figure that out. Rhinos aren’t the only special ones. Each species in our collection, from Anteater to Zebra, has a diet developed specifically for them. In the Commissary, we prepare over 200 diets on a daily basis.
Warthog - The highly adaptable warthog is native to the savannah, grasslands, and woodlands of Africa. It gets its name from the thick skin growths referred to as “warts” which act as padding when males battle each other to see who is the most powerful. Its curled tusks are actually upper canine teeth -- used for digging and for slashing competitors. Because so many animals hunt them, the warthog is a fast runner and can be seen running through the brush with its tail sticking straight up.
Bongo – Even though the East African Bongo is the largest and most colorful of the forest dwelling antelope it is a rare sight indeed. This animal has very acute hearing and quickly disappears into the brush when it hears any unusual sound. But it is not easy to run through the forest. Look at those horns!! When this animal runs it holds its head up so that its heavy horns lie on its back. This way they do not get tangled in the brush.
Giraffe – Hello up there. At heights of up to 19 feet, these giraffes are the tallest animals in the world. Take a look around the exhibit. Can you find where our zoo keepers put the giraffe food? Just like in the wild, you’ll find giraffe food high up where only they can reach it. Giraffes use their incredible height to eat leaves off tall trees unreachable by other animals. But the trees don’t go down without a fight. Many African trees are covered with large thorns. How do you get to leaves surrounded by thorns? Why go around them, of course. Giraffes use their long, sticky tongues to wind around the thorns and grasp the leaves. Script for auditioning purposes
¡Hola! Bienvenido al Edificio de Reptil y Pájaro. ¡Este edificio abrió en 1966! ¿Supo usted que pájaros y reptiles son realmente muy estrechamente relacionados? De hecho, algunos le dirían que pájaros son realmente un tipo de reptil. Bien. . . Permitamos la figura de científicos eso. ¡Mientras, averigüe el reptil asombrosamente diverso, el anfibio, y la colección de pájaro de más que 185 especie y más de 680 individuos! Con más de cincuenta exhibiciones, usted debe encontrar algo nuevo ver cada vez usted viene, inclusive parte de la especie más rara de mundo tal como el Tuatara, Bushmaster, el Monitor Gris, y Tejas Ciegan la Salamandra.
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