OUR DENVER ZOO INTERVIEW
Q- What did you study in school?
Q- Do you have any pets? What are their names?
Q- What misunderstood animals do you have here?
Q- Can we display this info on our website?
Our team went on an interview trip to the zoo. There we met a man named M.M. He gave us an interview about Hippos, Wolves, Bats, and the Komodo Dragon. Here is some information on some of these animals.
Hippos do account for the most deaths on the continent of Africa but not because they’re necessarily hostile toward humans. Hippos are very territorial. If a boat wanders on to their territory they will attack the boat. At night hippos wander away from the water. If something gets in between the hippo and their babies or water home, the hippo will attack. Hippos can easily outrun a human and can snap a crocodile in half with a single bite. Another fact about hippos is they can live longer then most animals.
Bats are perhaps the most misunderstood animal. Vampire bats only need 2 teaspoons of blood a day. They have sensors on their nose to find blood flow. When the vampire bat bites an animal (usually live stock) it isn’t harmful unless the bat has rabies. Insect eating bats find insects using echo location. Echo location is like radar that goes about 100 feet out. Bats almost never hit each other or cave walls. Echo location is so high pitched humans can’t hear it. The reason bats have echo location is that they have very bad vision. Some farmers kill bats only because of myths.
Komodo Dragons aren’t necessarily animals you would want to come across. They can outrun a human and they can smell for up to 7 miles. They hunt and ambush people and the bacteria in their mouths are quite deadly. They aren’t very nice to each other either. They lay 1-30 v-shaped eggs in a burrow. When they hatch they are already 15 inches long. Young spend most of their time in trees due to danger of adults who will eat them for food. They mature at 5-7 years of age.