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Animal fact files, here is just a small example of some of the many fascinating animals you can meet at the ARK, and a few facts to help you get to know them before your visit

 Pet name: ECHO

Pet name: ECHO

  • Species

    Eurasian Lynx (Lynx Lynx)

  • Country of origin/distribution

    Scandinavia, Central and Eastern Europe, Central Asia, Siberia and East Asia

  • Diet

    Carnivore. Small to fairly large size mammals and birds.

  • Lifespan

    20 years

  • Facts
    • These stealthy cats avoid humans and hunt at night, so they are rarely seen.
    • The Eurasian lynx is one of the widest ranging cats in the world and can be found in the forests of western Europe, Russia and central Asia.
    • Once native to the UK.
    • Third largest predatory animal in Europe, behind the grey wolf and European bear.
 Pet name: Sniffy, Scooter & Tails

Pet name: Sniffy, Scooter & Tails

  • Species

    Slender-tailed Meerkat (Suricata suricata)

  • Country of origin/distribution

    Namibia, Botswana and South Africa

  • Diet

    Insectivore. Will eat other small mammals, eggs, fruit and vegetables

  • Lifespan

    12-14 years in captivity

  • Facts
    • A group of meerkats is called a Mob.
    • Meerkats have a built in immunity to the venom of many South African snakes and scorpions.
 Pet name: Rio, Honey & Maple

Pet name: Rio, Honey & Maple

  • Species

    Ring-tailed Coati (Nasua Nasua)

  • Country of origin/distribution

    South America

  • Diet

    Omnivore. Eat a mix of fruit, veg, meat, eggs, nuts and insects

  • Lifespan

    Up to 14 years

  • Facts
    • Coatis use their tails for balance and to communicate with each other.
    • They are also able to walk straight down trees – head first – because their ankles can turn 180 degrees.
    • The coati’s snout can rotate up to 60 degrees in any direction and is used to rub their body or move objects around.
    • Male Coatis are usually solitary and are known as Coatimundi, females live in groups of up to 20 individuals.
 Pet name: Rudolph

Pet name: Rudolph

  • Species

    Spectacled or Common Caiman (Caiman crocodilus)

  • Country of origin/distribution

    Central and South America

  • Diet

    These reptiles eat just about anything they can get their large, strong jaws around, including birds, fish, amphibians, insects and small mammals. As juveniles, spectacled caimans eat aquatic insects, small fish, crustaceans and molluscs.

  • Lifespan

    30-40 years

  • Facts
    • The spectacled caiman is named for the bony ridge between the front of the eyes, which appears to join the eyes like a pair of spectacles.
    • Caimans range in size from the dwarf caiman which measures just over a meter in length, to the black caiman which can to grow to be nearly 5 meters long. The spectacled caiman averages between 1.5 – 2 meters in length.