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Alastair: Male Red Deer by KritterKid
Alastair: Male Red Deer
Name: Alastair
Species: Red Deer (Cervus elaphus)
Conservation Status: Least Concern
Sex: Male
Age: 8 years-Born on April 7, 2006
Exhibit: Europe-Western Woods-Red Deer Habitat
Personality: Alastair is very protective over his harem and will warily watch the keepers as they do their duties in the enclosure, keeping a safe distance from them. However he does enjoy an occasional scratching from the keeper's rakes.
Appearance: Alastair is a large male red deer, he is 250 cm (98 in) long and weighs in at 240 kg (530 lbs). His has large and impressive antlers and several notches in his right ear.
Origin: Born in early spring in 2006, Alastair was the first male Red Deer born at the zoo in ten years. He is the dominant male of the zoo's red deer herd and has sired over fifteen calves. 
Other Animals in Exhibit: 8 other Red Deer (1 male, 7 females)
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Yellowstone: Male American Bison by KritterKid
Yellowstone: Male American Bison
Name: Yellowstone
Species: American Bison (Bison bison)
Conservation Status: Near Threatened
Sex: Male
Age: 9 years-born on March 18, 2005
Exhibit: North America-Prairie-Prairie Habitat
Personality: Yellowstone appears mellow and mild-mannered. However, like all bison, he can have spurts of rage when startled or scared. He and the other bison love to have the keepers scratch them with rakes when the keepers drive through the prairie exhibit in their trucks doing landscape maintenance. He is often found grazing in the northern part of his enclosure located on a low hill or resting in the shade of an oak tree grove in the southern end of his enclosure.
Appearance: A large male bison, Yellowstone is around 3.5 m (11.5 ft) long and weighs in at 907 kg (2,000 lbs). He has light colored fur on his body and darker fur on his head and forelegs.
Origin: Yellowstone was born during the late winter of 2005 in the zoo's bison barn. Since his birth he has taken over as the dominant male of the herd and has sired over eight calves with five females. 
Other Animals in Exhibit: 9 other American Bison (2 males, 7 females), 8 American Elk (2 males, 6 females), 12 Pronghorn (5 males, 7 females), and 7 Sandhill Cranes (3 males, 4 females)
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Nadador: Male Brazilian Tapir by KritterKid
Nadador: Male Brazilian Tapir
Name: Nadador
Species: Brazilian Tapir (Tapirus terrestris)
Conservation Status: Vulnerable
Sex: Male
Age: 8 years-born on August 2, 2006
Exhibit: South America-Marshlands-Tapir Habitat
Personality: Kodogo is a very bad-tempered and surly animal, he is very aggressive towards the keepers and often stares warily at them through the bars of his off exhibit quarters. However he acts differently towards his mate, Beleza, being over protective and often standing over her when she is sleeping. He is usually found wallowing in his exhibit's pool or swimming beneath the water, he also often sleeps in a bush thicket located near the rear of his enclosure.
Appearance: Nadador is a large male tapir, he is 2.5 m (8.2 ft) long and weighs about 225 kg (496 lbs). 
Origin: Nadador was shipped to the Carolina Park Zoo from the San Antonio Zoo in San Antonio, Texas in 2008. He was brought to the zoo to be a potential breeder for Beleza, the zoo's female tapir, and has sired one young male named Stormy who was shipped back to San Antonio. 
Other Animals in Exhibit: One other Brazilian Tapir (Female)
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Goliath: Male Polar Bear by KritterKid
Goliath: Male Polar Bear
Name: Goliath
Species: Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus)
Conservation Status: Vulnerable
Sex: Male
Age: 9 years-born on November 30, 2005
Exhibit: North America-Polar Frontier-Polar Bear Habitat
Personality: Goliath, despite his large size and intimidating appearance, is a playful and energetic bear. He can often be found in his deep water pool playing with toys provided to him by the keepers. However he is still a dangerous and predatory animal and has made several futile attempts in the past of swatting at keepers through the bars of his off-exhibit holding pens.
Appearance: As evidenced by his name, Goliath is a very large polar bear. He stands at 3 meters (10 ft 2 in) tall on his hind legs, is 1 meter (4 ft 4 in) high at the shoulders, and he weighs in at around 450 kg (1,000 lbs).
Origin: Goliath was shipped to the Carolina Park Zoo and Aquarium from the Alaska Zoo in Anchorage, Alaska in 2007. He shared his exhibit with an older male named Vetur who sadly passed away at age 22 from a ruptured stomach, since then two females have come to take his place and the zoo hopes for possible cubs in the future.
Other Animals in Exhibit: Two other Polar Bears (2 females)
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Caesar: Male African Elephant by KritterKid
Caesar: Male African Elephant
Name: Caesar
Species: African Bush Elephant (Loxodonta africana)
Conservation Status: Vulnerable
Sex: Male
Age: 38 years-estimated to be born on June 23, 1973
Exhibit: Africa-African Plains-Elephant Habitat
Personality: Caesar is mild-tempered and calm, he has been raised around people and enjoys treats given to him from the keepers. He recognizes faces of the keepers and sometimes gets riled up when new people come into the elephant barn. 
Appearance: Caesar is a 3.9 meter (13 ft) tall male elephant, he is 38 years old and weighs about 7,000 kg (7 tons). He has two large tusks that grow evenly and several notches in his right ear. His skin is stained red from the dust baths he takes using North Carolina red soil and not only is he the largest animal at the zoo, he is also the largest elephant.
Origin: Caesar was wild caught in Tanzania when he was four years old in 1977. Spending five years at the San Diego Zoo and then being shipped to North Carolina in 1982. He was one of four members of the zoo's then young elephant herd and he was often referred to as a giant shadow because he would follow the keepers around as they did their daily duties in the exhibit. As he grew older he and the other elephants started to become rambunctious and would often do friendly sparring with their tusks. He has sired several calves in his thirty eight years of life, one of which (a female) still lives with the zoo's female herd. 
Other Animals in Exhibit: Six other African Elephants (1 male, 5 females)
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I am fascinated by animals and love to draw them. I want to eventually go to NC State University and study to become a Zoologist.

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:iconzuseher:
ZuSeHeR Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thank you so very much for your watch :heart:
You are so nice to me :love:
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KritterKid Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome :) (Smile) 
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deskridge Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015   Digital Artist
Thanks for the :+fav:, James!
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:iconkritterkid:
KritterKid Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
You're Welcome!
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Ankylosaurornis Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015  Student General Artist

Thanks for the watch! It means a lot to me :) 

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KritterKid Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome!
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Kimi-Parks Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi there! Thanks for the fave!

Also, I see you either live in North Carolina and perhaps work at that zoo or are at least a frequent visitor.... Coincidentally I have a job interview in North Carolina in a week and a half (it's a huge deal since I've been searching for something with my degrees for like 2 years). Any suggestions on things to see? And also what the zoo is like from a personal perspective?
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KritterKid Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
For things to see, I guess it depends on where in North Carolina you go. The Mountains, Piedmont, and Coastal Plain all have their own attractions and things to see. Biltmore House, Grandfather Mountain, Cape Hatteras, Wright Brothers National Monument, The USS North Carolina, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, are just a few of the places to see.

This might be of better help: www.visitnc.com/things-to-do

As for the zoo, it a great place to see some of the most iconic animals from Africa and North America. There are over 1,100 animals of over 200 species, including elephants, rhinos, giraffes, alligators, seals, polar bears, grizzly bears, bison, lions, gorillas, chimps, and others. The zoo is a trek however, there are about five miles of pathway and North America is set on an incline. The African Pavilion used to have animals in it, but it was closed down because it is old and outdated. Other than that, the zoo is a great place to go and spend a day seeing the animals.

Zoo's website: www.nczoo.org/
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Kimi-Parks Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! The zoo was recommended to me before but actually everyone who recommended it to me had never been there, weirdly enough, so it's good to hear from someone who has actually been there! How many hours would you say is a comfortable amount of time to set aside to see everything there? I only have a couple days so I'm trying to plan in more detail than I normally would.

My job interview is in Raleigh but I'm going to rent a car so I can go other places, so I'm up for almost anything.
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KritterKid Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
It takes about 2 to 3 hours each to see North America and Africa, so 4 to 6 hours maybe.
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