CuriOdyssey houses more than 100 mostly native animals. Click below to learn more about some of our animal residents.
We house native, non-releasable mammals at CuriOdyssey. Mammals have three distinct characteristics that distinguish them from other vertebrates. They have hair or fur on some part of their body, they are warm-blooded, and they feed milk to their young.
A beautiful place to view our native, non-releasable birds is in our 4,000-square-foot walk-through aviary. Our aviary is home to approximately two dozen birds. The most obvious distinguishing feature of birds is their feathers. Birds take care of their feathers, preening daily to clean them and keep them flexible. Feathers insulate a bird’s body, helping it maintain its body temperature. Feathers are lightweight and strong, and generate lift and thrust so birds can fly.
We house a number of non-releasable snakes, lizards, tortoises, and turtles. Reptiles are cold-blooded, meaning that they seek sun or shade to adjust their body temperature. Reptiles have scaly, water-tight skin. Reptiles have amniotic eggs, which carry their own water supply and have a semi-permeable membrane that allows for exchange of gases.
Amphibians include frogs, toads, newts, and salamanders. Amphibians start life in the water; they lay their eggs in water and they metamorphose from a water-breathing juvenile form to an air-breathing adult. They are cold-blooded, which means they depend on the external environment to regulate their body temperature. Their skin is moist and covered with protective mucus. Amphibians are known as indicator species, meaning that changes in their climate dramatically impact their ability to survive. All around the world, populations of amphibians have declined dramatically over the past 20 years. Habitat loss, pollution, pesticides, fungal infections, and climate change are impacting amphibians. Scientists are collaborating to find ways to protect and preserve amphibians.
Invertebrates are animals that do not have bones, such as insects, spiders, and other arthropods, as well as slugs and snails.