S.D. Zoo Safari Park - Mombasa Lagoon

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S.D. Zoo Safari Park - Mombasa Lagoon
« on: August 07, 2018, 02:58 PM »
Mombasa Lagoon



Located in the center of Nairobi Village is Mombasa Lagoon, home to pelicans, storks, cormorants, ducks, and local "freeloaders" like herons and egrets. An African fishing village structure dominates the north end of the Lagoon.



About 150 birds, representing 20 to 25 species, live here. Scattered around the lagoon area are paths and walkways to several animal exhibits and fun things for children to explore. This is a favorite spot in the park for bird watchers and photographers.



A pair of Bar-headed Geese, from central Asia.



Black-crowned Night Heron, found throughout the world.



Common Shellduck, found throughout Eurasia.



Swan Goose, from northern and central Asia.



Orinoco Goose, from South America.



A pair of Orinoco Geese.



Pink-backed Pelican, from central Africa.



You'll find a large group of Pink-backed Pelicans making their home here.



Red-breasted Goose, found in eastern Europe and Siberia.



Red-crested Pochard, found in eastern Europe and central Asia.



Scaly-sided Merganser, from eastern Asia.



White-breasted Cormorant, from the western and southern coastlines of Africa.



One of the more striking looking birds here is a freeloader, a California native Snowy Egret, a member of the heron family.



You'll find the herons pretty much anywhere around any large body of water.



Looking like something out of a prehistoric jungle, the Shoebill Stork is one of the most fascinating inhabitants in the area.



The Shoebill Stork can be found in swamps of South Sudan to Zambia. Threatened by habitat destruction, the Safari Park has an off-exhibit breeding aviary to help raise its numbers.



Occasionally, the most interesting sights you'll come across don't involve the actual residents of the park...like this mother Mud Hen and her chicks. Also known as the American Coot, these birds are California natives and considered "freeloaders" at the park.



These have got to be the ugliest chicks I've ever seen.



The mother and father were taking turns feeding the chicks. It was quite fascinating to watch. You never know what you'll come across here, as long as you slow your pace and take your time to stroll through the area. It's one of my favorites spots in the park.



« Last Edit: November 03, 2018, 04:01 PM by shyguy »
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Re: S.D. Zoo Safari Park - Mombasa Lagoon
« Reply #1 on: August 07, 2018, 03:27 PM »
Okay, I guess the Mud Hen chicks are ugly. But, their coloration is beautiful. I wonder what purpose those bright colors serve? And man, that Shoebill Stork! Reminds me of a Dodo, or a Terror Bird.

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Re: S.D. Zoo Safari Park - Mombasa Lagoon (Fishing Village)
« Reply #2 on: August 12, 2018, 05:27 PM »
Congo River Fishing Village



The Congo River Fishing Village is an authentic recreation of an African fishing spot.



Sitting above the Mombasa Lagoon, the fishing village provides a scenic element to the area.



Conical, hand-woven traps catch fish swimming down the falls. These are authentic replicas of traps used by fishermen on the Congo River in Africa.



Above the falls.



You can get a great view of the Mombasa Lagoon from this lookout tower.



Looking down at the Mombasa Lagoon from atop the fishing village tower.









Take a stroll along Mombasa Lagoon and up to the Congo River Fishing Village's lookout tower.
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Re: S.D. Zoo Safari Park - Mombasa Lagoon (Babirusa)
« Reply #3 on: August 24, 2018, 02:20 PM »
North Sulawesi Babirusa



Along the shores of the Mombasa Lagoon is a small enclosure housing a pair of North Sulawesi Babirusas.



The North Sulawesi Babirusa is found in rain forests of Indonesia, and is a member of the swine family.



This one has a face only a mother could love.
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