10 Fun Animal Facts for Latin Heritage Month

Oakland Zoo
September 16, 2020

Each year the U.S celebrates Latin American culture, heritage, and contributions to society September 15th – October 15th. In honor of Latin Heritage Month, here are 10 interesting facts about some of the Latin American animals we have at the zoo!

1. Amazon Milk Tree Frog

The toe pads of this fabulous frog can hold up to 14 times its body weight, making it easier to jump to their desired location.

Location at the Zoo: RAD Room

2. Blue and Yellow Macaw

Every bite makes a difference! Macaws play a role in seed dispersal and thus shaping the forest when they eat.

Location at the zoo: Tropical Rainforest Aviary

3. Brazilian Black Tarantula

Females can live up to 20 years and can lay up to 600 eggs at one time.

Location at the Zoo: Education Animal

4. Colombian Red-Tail Boa

Talk about a NON-picky eater: these snakes will eat almost anything they can find, including insects, grubs,  mealworms, spiders, other lizards and their eggs, aquatic invertebrates and fish; as well as their own molted skin and detached tail!

Location at the Zoo: RAD Room

5. Cotton-Topped Tamarin

To look tough, these little guys push their foreheads down to form a bulge that almost covers their eyes, push their lips forward, and raise their head and neck crests.

Location at the Zoo: Tropical Rainforest

6. Great Curassow

Curassows spend much of their time stalking about the forest floor in search of fallen fruits. They scratch the ground like chickens and eat large insects or small animals.

Location at the Zoo: Tropical Rainforest

7. Jaguar

These guys have a more powerful bite than most big cats. And they hate leftovers! They'll eat their fill and leave the rest of a kill for scavengers.

Location at the Zoo: California Trail

8. Mountain Lions

They love to watch and be unseen by others, which is reflective in their choice of habitats. They prefer to live in locations with a lot of stalking cover to ambush their prey.

Location at the Zoo: California Trail

9. Panamanian Golden Tree Frog

Pre-Colombian indigenous peoples considered the frog sacred and crafted talismans in their form. This frog is a now a cultural symbol in Panama, where its image is found on everything from T-shirts to lottery tickets.

Location at the Zoo: RAD Room

10. Red-Rumped Agouti

Agouti are very vocal animals. They have a range of sounds, grunts, squeals, and even hind foot stamping to communicate distress or alarm.

Location at the Zoo: Rainforest Aviary