Coming soon to Hoppers Animal World - The Hop Farm
Meerkats are mammals and their diet is mainly omnivore. A Meerkats lives in Southern Africa. These gregarious animals are often seen in groups, and several families may live together in a large community known as mobs.
Every morning they leave their burrow, to never return. They move on and find another, and so on and so on.....
Meerkats can also be called Suricates and they work together in numbers. A few will typically serve as lookouts, watching the skies for birds of prey, such as hawks and eagles that can snatch them from the ground. These family groups, called gangs or mobs are led by an alpha pair, with the female being the most dominant. Most of the group’s members are either children or siblings of the alpha pair. We are working away , to ensure that our new friends home will be completed for you by summer 2014!
So come and have a look in the summer, where you could maybe compare the meerkats at Hoppers Animal World.
This is Baldrick the Raven, who is 8 years old and a common raven. Common Ravens can live up to 40 years in the wild, 70 years in captivity and can soar high above the trees, unlike crows which rely on active flight.
Ravens are Intelligent
Ravens are as intelligent as chimpanzees and dolphins and they have taken tests to prove their intelligence. One test they were given was to get a hanging piece of food by pulling up a bit of string, anchoring it with his claw, and repeating until the food was in reach. Some got it on their first try, some within 30 seconds. Ravens can even mimic noises and they have been known to mimic wolves or fox noises to attract them to carcasses that the raven isn't capable of breaking open. When the wolf or fox has finished eating the raven will have the leftovers.
Another show of intelligence from ravens is gestures, where they use their beak to point at where the object is that they want someone to get them, or someone is trying to look for, but if they want to show someone an object they pick it up with their beak and lift it up for the other ravens to look at. Ravens are very adaptable because they can live in many habitats eg. from snow to desert to mountains and forests.
There have also been about ravens, eg. cultures from Tibet to Greece have seen the raven as a messenger for the gods. The Viking God, Odin, had two ravens ,one was called Hugh (thought) and one was called Munin (memory), which flew around the world every day and reported back to Odin what they saw. Ravens are also very playful as you can tell by this link. Their diet is a huge variety of food eg. fruits, seeds, nuts, fish, carrion, small animals, food remains and garbage but for Baldrick, specifically, he loves chocolate especially chocolate buttons. Yes I did just say Baldrick eats chocolate buttons as his favourite food so mind your fingers if you're near him with chocolate buttons!
Ravens even make toys. This is rare animal behaviour simply by using sticks, pinecones, golf balls or rocks to play with each other or by themselves, sometimes making them to taunt or mock other creatures because they find it funny, They are also very tricky when it comes to food, If one raven wants the other ravens food what they will do is get another raven to distract it while they grab it and eat it before that raven notices that his food is being taken.
Despite their mischevious nature, ravens seem capable of feeling empathy. When a ravens friend loses in a fight , it will seem to console the losing bird They also remember birds they like and will respond in a friendly way for at least 3 years Although a flock of ravens is called an “unkindness,” the birds appear to be anything but unkind.
Come and meet Baldrick at Hoppers Animal World at The Hop Farm.
Hawkforce are happy to provide a Christmas gift to you all, from now until the end of 25th December 2013 we are offering our owl encounter for just £25 per person. Orders placed after this date will be charged at full price.
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Merry Christmas from all at Hawkforce.
Did you know?
The song 'Partidge in a Pear Tree' is incorrect. Partidge birds are actually ground dwellers and are rarely seen in trees.
Also the pear tree would infact be out of season in winter therefore wouldn't be a brilliant present as it would have no leaves or fruit.
Ugly gift indeed!!
I'll be back for the Christmas period to bring you a new fun fact each day :D