Least Concern

A species achieves Least Concern status when there is a low risk of being threatened. Hemker Park & Zoo holds the following Least Concern species.

Pronghorn Antelope

The pronghorn is the only surviving member of the family Antilocapridae.

Though not an antelope, it is often known in North America as the prong buck, pronghorn antelope, or simply antelope because it closely resembles the true antelopes of the Old World.

Pronghorns form mixed-sex herds in the winter. In early spring, the herds break up, with young males forming bachelor groups, females forming their groups, and adult males living solitarily. Some female bands share the same summer range, and bachelor male bands form between spring and fall.

Musk Ox

The muskox is an Arctic mammal noted for its thick coat and for the strong odor emitted by males, from which its name derives. This musky odor is used to attract females during mating season.

Muskoxen primarily live in the Canadian Arctic and Greenland, with small introduced populations in Sweden, Siberia, Norway, and Alaska.

Dall Sheep

The Dall sheep, is a species of sheep native to northwestern North America, ranging from white to slate brown in color and having curved yellowish brown horns.

Sable Antelope

The sable antelope that inhabits the wooded savannah areas in South eastern Africa.

Males are around 46-55 in. (117-140cm) at the shoulder. The females are a bit shorter. The males weigh around 518 lb. (235kg) and the females weigh in at around 490 lb. (220kg).

They form herds of around 10 to 30 females with one male known as a bull.

Sitatunga

The sitatunga is a medium-sized antelope found throughout the marshes and swamps of Central Africa, centering on the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Cameroon and parts of Southern Sudan as well as in Ghana, Botswana, Zambia, Gabon, Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya.

As an adaptation to its swampy and marshy habitat, the sitatunga has a shaggy, water-resistant coat. The coat colour varies geographically, but, in general, is a rufous red in juveniles and chestnut in females.

Emu

The emu is the largest bird native to Australia. It is the second-largest extant bird in the world by height, after its relative, the ostrich.

The emu is common over most of mainland Australia, although it avoids heavily populated areas, dense forest, and arid areas.

Emus use their strongly clawed feet as a defence mechanism. Their legs are among the strongest of any animal, allowing them to rip metal wire fences. They are endowed with good eyesight and hearing, which allows them to detect predators in the vicinity.

Ostrich

The Ostrich a species of large flightless birds native to Africa.

The ostrich is distinctive in its appearance, with a long neck and legs, and can run at up to about 43 mph, the fastest land speed of any bird.

The ostrich is the largest living species of bird and lays the largest eggs of any living bird. The ostrich's diet consists mainly of plant matter, though it also eats invertebrates.

African Porcupine

The African Porcupine is a species of rodent that lives mainly in mainland Italy, Sicily, North Africa and sub-Saharan Africa.

Brown Capuchin

The Brown Capuchin is a New World primate from South America. As traditionally defined, it is one of the most widespread primates in the Neotropics.

The capuchin is an omnivorous animal, mostly feeding on fruits and invertebrates, although it sometimes feeds on small vertebrates (e.g. lizards and bird chicks) and other plant parts. It can be found in many different kinds of environment, including moist tropical and subtropical forest, dry forest, and disturbed or secondary forest.

White Faced Capuchin

The white-headed capuchin is a medium-sized New World monkey native to the forests of Central America and the extreme north-western portion of South America, the white-headed capuchin is important to rainforest ecology for its role in dispersing seeds and pollen.

Among the best known monkeys, the white-headed capuchin is recognized as the typical companion to the organ grinder.

In recent years the species has become popular in North American media. It is a highly intelligent monkey and has been trained to assist paraplegic persons.

American Badger

This nocturnal omnivore can be found in North America, and are incredibly strong for their size, and the world’s fastest diggers. All badgers have a low slung body, shovel-shaped head and strong, sharp claws. Most are dark gray or black with distinctive white stripes down their face and sides. They all prefer sandy, porous soil and dig extensive tunnels and burrows which are called setts.The American Badger is the most carnivorous of the species, using their stellar digging skills to unearth chipmunks, ground hogs and rabbits.

Red Tail Boa Constrictor

The Boa constrictor is a large snake, although it is only modestly sized in comparison to other large snakes such as the reticulated python and Burmese Python, and can reach lengths of anywhere from 3–13 feet depending on the locality and the availability of suitable prey.

The coloring of Boa constrictors can vary greatly depending on the locality. However, they are generally a brown, grey or cream base color, patterned with brown or reddish brown "saddles" that become more pronounced towards the tail.

Arctic Fox

The arctic fox also known as the white fox, polar fox, or snow fox, is a small fox native to the Arctic regions of the Northern Hemisphere and is common throughout the Arctic tundra biome.

It is well adapted to living in cold environments. It has a deep thick fur which is brown in summer and white in winter.

Alpaca

An alpaca is a domesticated species of South American camelid. It resembles a small llama in appearance.

Alpacas are kept in herds that graze on the level heights of the Andes of southern Peru, northern Bolivia, Ecuador, and northern Chile at an altitude of 11,500 ft to 16,000 ft above sea level, throughout the year.

Miniature Horse

Miniature horses are found in many nations, particularly in Europe and the Americas.

The designation of miniature horse is determined by the height of the animal, which, depending on the particular breed registry involved, is usually less than 34–38 inches as measured at the last hairs of the mane, which are found at the withers. While miniature horses are the size of a very small pony, many retain horse characteristics and are considered "horses" by their respective registries.

Canadian Lynx

The Canadian lynx is a North American mammal of the cat family. It is a close relative of the Eurasian Lynx (Lynx lynx). However, in some characteristics the Canada lynx is more like the bobcat (Lynx rufus) than the Eurasian Lynx.

It ranges across Canada and into Alaska as well as some parts of the northern United States.

Chicken

The chicken is a domesticated fowl. As one of the most common and widespread domestic animals, with a population of more than 24 billion in 2003. There are more chickens in the world than any other species of bird.

Chickens are omnivores. In the wild, they often scratch at the soil to search for seeds, insects and even larger animals such as lizards small snakes or young mice.

Chickens may live for five to ten years, depending on the breed. The world's oldest chicken, a hen, died of heart failure at the age of 16 according to the Guinness Book of World Records.

Black Swan

The Black Swan is a large waterbird, which breeds mainly in the southeast and southwest regions of Australia. The species was hunted to extinction in New Zealand, but later reintroduced. Within Australia they are nomadic, with erratic migration patterns dependent upon climatic conditions.

Black Swans are large birds with mostly black plumage and red bills. They are monogamous breeders that share incubation duties and cygnet rearing between the sexes.

Black Neck Swan

The Black-necked Swan is the largest waterfowl native to South America.

Adults average 40 to 49 in and weigh 7.7-14.8 lbs. The wingspan ranges from 53 to 70 in. The body plumage is white with a black neck, head and greyish bill. It has a red knob near the base of the bill and white stripe behind eye. The sexes are similar, with the female slightly smaller.

Spectacle Eider

The Spectacled Eider is a large sea duck that breeds on the coasts of Alaska and northeastern Siberia.

The lined nest is built on tundra close to the sea, and 5–9 eggs are laid. This species dives for crustaceans and molluscs.

The winter range is poorly known, but satellite tracking has led to observations of large flocks of the birds about 100 km southwest of St. Lawrence Island in the Bering Sea during March–April.

Sacred Ibis

A wading bird of the ibis family, the Sacred Ibis breeds in sub-Saharan Africa, southeastern Iraq, and formerly in Egypt, where it was venerated and often mummified as a symbol of the god Thoth. The African Sacred Ibis occurs in marshy wetlands and mud flats, both inland and on the coast.

Zebra

Zebras are several species of African equids (horse family) united by their distinctive black and white stripes. Their stripes come in different patterns, unique to each individual. Unlike their closest relatives, horses and donkeys, zebras have never been truly domesticated.

The unique stripes of zebras make them one of the animals most familiar to people.

They occur in a variety of habitats. However, various factors have had a severe impact on zebra populations, in particular hunting for skins and habitat destruction.

Coscoroba Swan

The Coscoroba Swan is a species of waterfowl endemic to southern South America. It is the smallest of the birds called "swans", but still a large species of waterfowl.

The Coscoroba Swan feeds mainly on grasses and small water plants, but also mussels and fish. The female incubates the eggs, while the male stands guard and aggressively helps to protect the fledglings against predators after hatching. Coscoroba Swans live to an age of approximately twenty years.

Big Horn Sheep

The bighorn sheep is a species of sheep in North America named for its large horns. These horns can weigh up to 30 lb, while the sheep themselves weigh up to 300 lb. Sheep originally crossed to North America over the Bering land bridge from Siberia.

Bighorn sheep live in large flocks, and do not typically follow a single leader ram. Prior to the mating season or "rut", the rams attempt to establish a dominance hierarchy to determine access to ewes for mating.

Red Kangaroo

The red kangaroo is an abundant species in Australia.

This species is a very large kangaroo with long, pointed ears and a squared-off muzzle. Males have short, red-brown fur, fading to pale buff below and on the limbs. Females are smaller than males and are blue-grey with a brown tinge, pale grey below, although arid zone females are coloured more like males.

It has two forelimbs with small claws, two muscular hind-limbs, which are used for jumping, and a strong tail which is often used to create a tripod when standing upright.

Reindeer

Originally, the reindeer was found in Scandinavia, eastern Europe, Greenland, Russia, Mongolia, and northern China. In North America, it was found in Canada, Alaska, and the northern conterminous USA from Washington to Maine.

Reindeer have been herded for centuries by several Arctic and Subarctic people.

Domesticated reindeer are shorter-legged and heavier than their wild counterparts.They are raised for their meat, hides, and antlers and, to a lesser extent, for milk and transportation.

Budgie

The famous Hemker Budgie Buddy House is one of the most popular exhibits at Hemker Park & Zoo.
Watch the video and view the photos below to see why!

Family fun

Here's a list of fun activities to do on your family's next visit to Hemker Park & Zoo.