Connecting People to Nature
Profiled below are a few of the species that OASES currently has in its care. They do not act as ‘Animal Ambassadors’ in OASES’ Wildlife Encounters due to their temperament, or the sensitivities and specialized environments required for their care.
Smaller than a person’s hand, this species is a member of the Tamarin family, an endangered group of monkeys from the rainforests of Brazil. There are two active breeding colonies in North America, one being in our care.
The attractive spiders-web pattern that adorns the shell of the Spider Tortoise is both the reason for its name and, owing to the trade in wild-caught animals, one of the main factors behind its severe decline. It is critically endangered in the wild, with fragmentation of its range in Madagascar also adding to its issues. Received from Crystal Gardens Conservation Centre.
With ten subspecies that range from Indonesia to Papua New Guinea to Australia, the Eclectus Parrot is found in a variety of habitats including secondary growth forest, savanna, coconut plantations and mangrove. The male of the species is bright green, the female bright red, differences that led biologist to believe, at first, that the two birds were separate species. Received from Crystal Gardens Conservation Centre.
Major Mitchell’s Cockatoo
The Major Mitchell’s or Leadbeater’s Cockatoo is a native of Australia. It is classified as vulnerable in its homeland, and as least concern by IUCN. It is threatened by loss of habitat and because it is an ecological specialist has faced downturns in its population. It is also in danger from trapping for wild bird trade. Received from Crystal Gardens Conservation Centre.
Sources: Wikipedia, San Diego Zoo, ARKive, World Parrot Trust