- Tiger Safari, Inc.
Tiger Safari, Inc. is a
501(c)non-profit exotic animal sanctuarylocated in Tuttle, Oklahoma. It was founded in 2003. The park rests on 45 acres (18 hectares), and is currently home to 57 animals.
As of September 2006, the animals exhibited are; two
fallow deer, three African Spur Tortoises, five ferrets, four Burmese pythons and a red-tailed boa, one kinkajou, three African Crested porcupines, one ringtailed lemur, two American alligators, two North American black bears, one albino raccoon, one marmoset, three sugar gliders, one African grey parrot, one bluefront Amazon, two bearded dragons, one albino hedgehog, two macaws, a peach-crested Muluccan cockatoo, one baby white Bengal tiger, one Siberian tiger, one African lioness, one Barbary lion, two Russian wolves, two wallabies, one cavy, two black leopards, one bobcat, two emus, two Savannah cats, one Muntjac deer, one coatimundiand one Kodiak Grizzly bear.
Their names are Fireball (the male) and Clarice (the female). They both are about three years old. Living their entire lives pampered and well taken care of, they never try to escape, preferring the captive life. They love graham crackers...Fallow deer come primarily from
African Spur Tortoise
The tortoises' names are Hummer, H2, and H3. These are the third largest tortoises in the world. When fully grown, they can get up to 200 pounds (91 kg) and live up to 100 years. Hummer is about 9 years and 80 pounds (36 kg), and a very stout tortoise. He lets little kids (and even adults up to 250 pounds, 18 stone or 114 kg) ride him with no strain. Tiger Safari is no doubt the only place in
Oklahomathat offers tortoise-back rides. The other two are significantly smaller and on display only.
There are five ferrets, named Toby, Jake, Snowflake, Zipper, and Gizmo. Zipper and Gizmo are the youngest, and most playful, while the other three are very lazy but very friendly as well. Ferrets are a member of the weasel family, and have scent glands that give them an unpleasant odor. They are very popular pets in America.
There are two albino Burmese pythons, named Banana and Amarillo; two regular Burmese pythons, named Cleo and Tiny; and one red-tailed boa named Xavier. Tiny is the largest snake at the park: she is currently 17 feet (5.2 m) long and 180 pounds (82 kg), while the remaining four snakes are all 60 pounds (27 kg) or less. Pythons (and boas) are constrictors, so they rarely bite. However, they do have teeth and will strike if people get between them and their prey.
The kinkajou's name is Yoda. This name was given to him due to the animal's large ears. These animals come from Central and South America, and resemble monkeys, but are actually a cousin species to the raccoon. They are one of only three animals that are not primates that have a prehensile tail; that is, a muscular tail that functions like an extra hand, allowing the animal to cling to branches and such with its tail to use its hands for other things.
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