2024 is right around the corner, and we at Zoology are excited to see what adventures the new year will bring. 2023 was fun, and we had the opportunity to both meet and introduce our West Michigan community to a variety of fascinating animals from all over the world.
We met Salad, the pixie frog. Pixie frogs are one of the largest species of frog in the world, capable of eating whatever they think will fit into their gaping mouths, including small vertebrates, such as rodents. Salad quickly became a staff and crowd favorite with his food-motivated antics.
Sydney joined the Zoology family this summer. Sydney is a young Burmese python with a lot of growing to do yet. Burmese pythons are the third largest species of snake in the world. In the wild, they can grow to lengths of 20 feet and weigh up to 200 pounds. Right now, Sydney is about 8 feet long and about 25 pounds.
In December, we met our water monitor, Gonzo. Gonzo is a smaller subspecies of water monitor known as a yellow-headed water monitor. This species is closely related to the Komodo dragons found in the Galapagos. However, they do not grow as large. Like Komodo dragons, these monitors have bacteria-filled bites and long, powerful tails.
We met so many new friends in 2023, both human and animal, and we can't wait to see what lies in store at Zoology in the coming year. We hope you'll come and visit us, too!