Zoo Tour With Alex

Zoo Tour with Alex Part 4

This post is part of an ongoing series about Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle, WA, written (well, dictated – I did the typing) and photographed by my 8-year-old son, Alex.

Here are the parts you might have missed:

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

DSCN2256 We are still at the Raptor Center.  This is a Turkey Vulture.  This Turkey Vulture is flying.  It lives in North America and South America.  A Turkey Vulture will eat anything dead on the ground, or if there’s a small mouse, they might go after it.

DSCN2264 The Turkey Vulture is learning how to recycle.  It’s starting to pick up a cup.

DSCN2269 The Turkey Vulture has just thrown the cup into the recycle bin.

DSCN2273 The Turkey Vulture is now eating some meat out of a skull.  I told you it would eat dead things!

DSCN2278 We are not at the Raptor Center.  We are now in some small building that has three different kinds of animals.  This one is the Komodo Dragon – King of the Lizards.

Remember when I said about the Tapirs – that it was one of the animals that I mostly wanted to see at this zoo?  The Komodo Dragon was also one of them.

The Komodo Dragon has some weird kind of poison in his mouth.  Its poison is different from the Gila Monster and the Mexican Beaded Lizard.  It’s not venom, it’s more like a bacteria that comes from their spit, and if it bites a small creature, it’s dead.  If it’s a big creature that it bites, it’ll take a few bites to kill it.

DSCN2280 This Komodo Dragon picture came out a little bit blurry.  But still, you can see the Komodo Dragon, hopefully.

The Komodo Dragon is extremely fast, like maybe around twelve miles an hour.  That’s pretty fast for a lizard.  The Komodo Dragons can probably be like around ten feet or maybe bigger.  A Komodo Dragon is very lazy and aggressive. 

That’s it for the Komodo Dragons.

DSCN2284 These mammals are fruit bats.  Fruit bats live in South America because there’s so much fruit.  The fruit bats are also called Megabats, but they’re not always mega.  Sometimes they’re small.


This is the last type of animal in that small building.  The Meerkats.  The Meerkats are one of the best diggers, so when there’s a giant bird of prey or any other enemy, they’ll just go in their hole and not be found.  These two are looking cute and cuddly.  And if a Meerkat gets stung by a scorpion, the scorpion venom will not hurt it.  That’s why it’s easy for Meerkats to eat scorpions.  Or, a little bit easy.

DSCN2290 This picture came out a little bit blurry also.  These three are all cuddled up in a ball.  Meerkats will eat insects, lizards, snakes, small plants, and small birds.  And probably more.  Meerkats live in Africa.

That’s it.

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