Coccothrinax miraguama: Miraguama palm

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Coccothrinax miraguama is a palm which is endemic to Cuba.

Four subspecies are recognized are: Coccothrinax  miraguama subsp. Arenicola; Coccothrinax miraguama subsp. Havanensis; Coccothrinax miraguama subsp. Miraguama; Coccothrinax miraguama subsp. roseocarpa.

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Coccothrinax miraguama has single trunk, fibrous at first, later cleans to a barky smooth trunk.

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It has fan shape leaf makes an attractive fan palm that is medium sized with a not too large crown.

Photo: Chinese Heritage Garden, GBTBSingapore 20120719

Source: Wikipedia

Bambusa vulgaris: Golden Bamboo

Bambusa vulgaris, also known as Common Bamboo, Golden Bamboo, or Buddha’s Belly Bamboo, is an open-clump type bamboo species. Among bamboo species, it is one of the largest and most easily recognized.

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^ Bambusa vulgaris ‘Vittata’ [Golden Hawaiian Bamboo]

Bambusa vulgaris forms moderately loose clumps and has no thorns. It has lemon-yellow culms [stems] with green stripes and dark green leaves. Stems are not straight, not easy to split, inflexible, thick-walled, and initially strong. Culms are basally straight or flexuose [bent alternately in different directions], drooping at the tips. Culm walls are slightly thick. Nodes are slightly inflated. Internodes are 20–45 centimetres [7.9–18 in]. Several branches develop from mid-culm nodes and above. Leaf blades are narrowly lanceolate.

Photo: Chinese Heritage Garden, GBTBSingapore 20120719

Source: Wikipedia

Panthera onca: Jaguar

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The jaguar [Panthera onca] is a big cat, a feline in the Panthera genus, and is the only Panthera species found in the Americas. The jaguar is the third-largest feline after the tiger and the lion, and the largest in the Western Hemisphere. The jaguar’s present range extends from Southern United States and Mexico across much of Central America and south to Paraguay and northern Argentina. Apart from a known and possibly breeding population in Arizona [southeast of Tucson], the cat has largely been extirpated from the United States since the early 20th century.

Photo: Singapore ZooSingapore, 20120716

Source: Wikipedia

Callimico goeldii: Goeldi’s marmoset

Goeldi’s marmoset or Goeldi’s monkey [Callimico goeldii] is a small, South American New World monkey that lives in the upper Amazon Basin region of Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru. It is the only species classified in the genus Callimico, and the monkeys are sometimes referred to as “callimicos”.

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Goeldi’s marmosets are blackish or blackish-brown in color and the hair on their head and tail sometimes has red, white, or silverly brown highlights. Their bodies are about 8–9 inches [20–23 cm] long, and their tails are about 10–12 inches [25–30 cm] long.

Photo: Singapore ZooSingapore, 20120716

Source: Wikipedia

Erythrocebus patas: Patas monkey

The patas monkey [Erythrocebus patas], also known as the Wadi monkey or Hussar monkey, is a ground-dwelling monkey distributed over semi-arid areas of West Africa, and into East Africa.

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The patas monkey grows to 85 cm [33 in] in length, excluding the tail, which measures 75 cm [30 in]. Adult males are considerably larger than adult females. Reaching speeds of 55 km/h [34 mph], it is the fastest runner among the primates.

Photo: Singapore ZooSingapore, 20120716

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Source: Wikipedia

Ara ararauna: Blue-and-yellow Macaw

The Blue-and-Yellow Macaw [Ara ararauna], also known as the Blue-and-Gold Macaw, is a member of the group of large Neotropical parrots known as macaws. It breeds in forest and woodland of tropical South America from Trinidad and Venezuela south to Peru, Brazil, Bolivia, and Paraguay.

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These birds can reach 76 to 86 cm [30 to 34 in] long and weigh 900 to 1500 grams [1.9 to 3.3 lbs], making it one of the larger members of its family. They are vivid in appearance with blue wings and tail, dark blue chin, golden under parts, and a green forehead. Beaks are black, and very strong for crushing nuts. The naked face is white, turning pink in excited birds, and lined with small black feathers.

Photo: Singapore ZooSingapore, 20120716

Source: Wikipedia 

Choloepus didactylus: Linnaeus’s two-toed sloth

Linnaeus’s two-toed sloth [Choloepus didactylus], also known as the southern two-toed sloth or unau, is a species of sloth from South America, found in Venezuela,  Guyana, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Brazil north of the Amazon River.

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It is a solitary, nocturnal and arboreal animal, found in rainforests. It is able to swim, making it possible to cross rivers and creeks. The two-toed sloth’s main enemies are man, large birds of prey like the Harpy Eagle and Crested Eagle, and wild cats like the Ocelot and Jaguar.

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Two-toed sloths have a gestation period of between six months and a year [depending on the exact species]. The mother gives birth to a single young, while hanging up-side down. The young are born with claws, and are weaned after about a month.

Photos: Singapore ZooSingapore, 20120722

Source: Wikipedia 

Saimiri sciureus: Common squirrel monkey

The common squirrel monkey [Saimiri sciureus] is a small New World primate from the Cebidae [squirrel monkey] family, and native to the tropical areas of South America.

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The common squirrel monkey can be found primarily in the Amazon Basin, including territories in the countries of Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Peru, Suriname, Paraguay and Venezuela; a small population has been introduced to Southern Florida and many of the Caribbean Islands. The common squirrel monkey prefers to live in the middle canopy, but will occasionally come to the ground or go up into the high canopy. They like vegetation that provides good cover from birds of prey in the rainforest, savannah, mangroves, or marshlands.

The squirrel monkey’s tail is not prehensile but it used in balancing as the animal jumps through the trees. Their body length is about 32cm [12.5 inches] with a slightly longer tail 41cm [16 inches]. Males are heavier [750g] than females [500g]. Their coat is short, greyish or olive in colour except for its bright yellow-orange legs. Its white face has a peak of dark fur on the forehead and a dark muzzle.

Photo: Singapore ZooSingapore, 20120722

Source: Wikipedia, Bristol Zoo Gardens

Callithrix penicillata: Black-tufted marmoset

The black-tufted marmoset [Callithrix penicillata], is a species of New World monkey that lives primarily in the Neo-tropical gallery forests of the Brazilian Central Plateau. This marmoset typically resides in rainforests, living an arboreal life high in the trees, but below the canopy.

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The black-tufted marmoset reaches a size of 19 to 22 cm and weighs up to 350 g.

Photo: Singapore Zoo, Singapore, 20120722

Source: Wikipedia