Two weekends ago me, my sister and my Mom went to the Aloha Zoo and Rescue Center. It’s about an hour away from Raleigh near Sanford. I was inspired by Mr. Lee Crutchfield who owns the place. He is on a mission to rescue and help all types of animals in need. He is my inspiration. He loves animals like me. He started the zoo when he was 18 years old when his High School principal helped him to buy the land from him as a special favor. Back then it was only farm animals and now it has grown to over a hundred or more types of animals.
This place is cool because you can tell it is his personal home and he really loves each animal. He uses his own money and what he makes to run it and build it. I bet it costs a lot to feed all of the animals he has there. Lee built every thing you see there. He said the structures are all built for hurricane strength and the habitats have special ultra violet light because the animals need vitamin D. He has some nice people that help him too. I want to volunteer there when I am old enough.
The Aloha Zoo and Rescue Center has pigs, goats, horses, donkeys, mini horses, zebras, water buffalo, the endangered Ibexes, Camels, orphaned fawns, a special giraffe named Stretch, emu and ostriches, lots of different birds and reptiles, a bear, tigers, a funny skunk that sleeps on his back and much, more more. Each one has a special story.
When you get there you can see peacocks walking around everywhere. Did you know that the word Peacock is just for the boys and Peahens are the girls and together they are called Peafowl? The girls don’t have the pretty feathers. Babies are called Peachicks.
Peacocks are large, colorful pheasants and they are known for their iridescent tails. These tail feathers are more than 60 percent of the bird’s total body length and have really pretty markings of blue, gold, red, and green. The large train of feathers is used to impressed the girl Peahen to be their mate. In people terms it is like wearing a fancy suit on a date!.
- Did you know that a group of Peafowl is called a party?
- The peacock tail is called a covert.
- White peacocks have a genetic mutation that causes the lack of pigment in the feathers.
- A peafowl can live to over the age of 20 years, the peacocks plumage looks its best when the male reaches the age of 5 or 6.
- Peacocks have spurs on their feet that are primarily used to fight with other males.
Peafowl are omnivorous, they eat many types of plants, flower petals, insects and seeds and lizards.
Did you know that Peafowl can be cranky and some do not mix well with other domestic birds? Lee told us that theirs will eat all of the flowers they can find. Except they won’t eat the flowers on the zoo’s favorite pig’s grave named Maxwell. I met this pig Maxwell a few years ago and he was really sweet and everyone loved him. I think that the Peacocks not messing with his grave is really special and shows that the animals have a special bond at this place. This is one of the reasons that I think the Aloha Zoo and Rescue Center is one of the best places for rescue animals to go and live. I hope to visit there as much as I can.
Go Crazy for animals!