Schoelzel Family Village
The most distinctive feature of an elephant is the amazing multifunctional trunk. The trunk enables the elephant to breathe, locate scents, drink, and seize and manipulate objects from a small coin to a large tree branch. The trunk is used to make sounds, greet or comfort other elephants, guide a calf and even as a snorkel when swimming.
Large mammals like rhinos, hippos and elephants live in hot climates and due to their size can easily over heat. Indian rhinos feed early and late in the day when it's cooler, but spend the hot midday in mud wallows and wetlands. By submerging themselves until the heat passes they keep their cool.
Malayan tapirs are sometimes called "Oreo" tapirs because of their distinctive black and white color pattern resembles an Oreo cookie. The black on the front and back with white or gray in the middle is a form of camouflage that breaks up the tapir's outline in the shadows of the forest. The stripes and spots on the vulnerable babies help them blend into the dappled sunlight and leaf shadows of the forest and protects them from predators.
Fishing cats attract fish by lightly tapping the water's surface with a paw mimicking insect movement. They then dive into the water to catch curious fish using their claws like fishing hooks to spear the slippery fish.
Bats are the only true flying mammals. Like birds, bats have lightweight bones and small bodies. A bat's wing is really its hand. Delicate arm and finger bones form the framework for their wings. Unlike birds that have wings covered with feathers, bats have a double layer of skin that stretches between the side of the body and four elongated fingers on each hand.
Asian Small-Clawed Otter
These otters have very short claws that do not extend past the fleshy pads of their partly webbed toes making their forepaws very dexterous. They forage with their sensitive paws to locate prey in murky water or mud. They also have stiff whiskers called "vibrissae" that can detect the movement of prey in the water. They catch prey with their paws not with their mouths like other otters.