Sites To See at Salisbury Zoo
The Salisbury Zoo has grown to be home to over one hundred animals since it was founded in 1954 when some animals were being faced with extinction in the city park. The main goal of the Zoological Park is to provide a relaxing and friendly environment where entertaining and educational experiences are formed from interacting with nature. With that being said, there are a few animals in particular that stand out more than others and will definitely be worth the trip when you head over to the Salisbury Zoo located at 755 S Park Dr, Salisbury, MD 21804.
Black Tailed Prarie Dog
Don’t let the name confuse you with these cute creatures because they are no ordinary dogs, in fact, a black-tailed prairie dog is actually a squirrel. Their name comes from the barking sound that they usually make when they sense danger or are alerted in any way. Unfortunately, the species is becoming a bit too rare due to hunting and poisoning over the last century or so. They mainly eat grass and plants while they are at the bottom of the food chain themselves as they are hunted by many wildlife predators.
Many American Alligators can be found in the southeastern parts of the U.S, but we diffidently would recommend trying to observe one up close on your own. The Salisbury Zoo has you covered with a good amount of alligators to observe up close while you still get to keep your body intact. Alligators are dangerous creatures that are basically born hunters that can catch prey easily with their razor-sharp teeth and powerful jaws. Many don’t know this but alligators are actually very important to other animals because they provide a level of protection for smaller animals because of the fear they put into other predators such as raccoons or foxes.
The barred is much rarer to see than your typical “11:00 pm drive to a McDonalds drive-thru” owl. This owl lives in mixed woods in the north and can be found near wetlands and swamps with a foggy atmosphere. A fun fact about this owl is that it is the most vocal of all types of owls with distinctive calls and cries. Its dark streaks and brown tone also help it camouflage well at night and help it escape other dangerous predators at night. If you want to learn more about other animals or just make sure the Zoo stays active be sure to click here to support the Salisbury Zoo!