Summer Wind Farms Sanctuary


This page spotlights a few of our many exotic animals, including birds and reptiles. Summer Wind Farms Sanctuary is home to more than 200 animals. To learn more information about the animals at Summer Wind Farms Sanctuary or about any of the animals pictured on this page, please contact us to arrange an educational tour.


A dromedary camel has one hump and a Bactrian camel has two humps. An easy way to remember a camel's type it that the letter B for Bactrian has two humps and the letter D for Dromedary has one hump. They do not store water in their humps, as is commonly believed, but store fatty tissue that provides energy, and through a reaction with the air, produces water. They can survive without water for two weeks and without food for a month. The camel is mostly extinct in the wild and is primarily a domesticated animal today.

 


Throughout history, camels have been used for transportation. They move both legs on a side at one time and their wide feet helps prevent them from sinking into the sand. They can also seal their nostrils to prevent sand from entering.


 

The word Llama is commonly used to refer to four closely related animals, the llama, the vicuna, the alpaca and the guanaco. They originated in North America, but migrated to South America. They were used as a transportation system for the Incas. Their wool is very delicate and soft, and is used for weaving; however, each animal produces very little wool. Llamas have long pointy ears and narrow feet. They do not have humps like camels. Llamas are very friendly animals and tend to be curious.


There are 27 different species of canids that a fox may be a member of. They are omnivorous animals and have pointed muzzles and bushy tails. Other characteristics vary according to their habitat. The arctic fox has thick, white, insulating fur. A desert fox has short fur. A group of foxes is known as a skulk. Most foxes live 2 to 3 years, but can survive up to 10 years in captivity. Unlike dogs, wolves and jackals, foxes are not pack animals but prefer to be solitary. Many fox species are endangered.

 


 

The buffalo, or American Bison, is the largest land mammal in North America. At one time, they inhabited the Great Plains of the United States and Canada in massive herds. They have shaggy, dark, brown winter coats and lighter brown summer coats. They weigh between 900 and 2,000 pounds. Their life expectancy in the wild is 18 to 22 years, and is 35 to 40 years in captivity. Humans are its primary predator due to its large size and the protection it receives from living in herds.


There are three species of Raccoon. Raccoons are nocturnal and omnivorous animals. Their preferred food is berries, insects, eggs and small animals. They also like to dunk their food in water before eating it, although it is not believed they do it to actually wash the food. Raccoons also have thumbs which allow them to open closed containers such as garbage cans or doors. They are also very intelligent, clever and mischievous. This combination of traits are why raccoons are considered to be major pests. They are the most common city pest after the squirrel. It is illegal to keep raccoons as pets in most states. Some states allow it but require exotic pet permits.

 


 

The ostrich is a flightless bird native to Africa. They have long necks and legs and can run at speeds up to 40 mph. Ostriches are the largest living species of bird and are farmed in many areas of the world. An ostrich can live up to 75 years.

The Emu is the largest bird native to Australia and the second-largest bird in the world, after the ostrich. They feed on a variety of insects and plants. They can run at high speeds for long distances. They also make loud loud booming or drumming sounds that can be heard up to two kilometers away. The sound is created by an inflatable sac in the neck.


The Eclectus parrot is native to the Solomon Islands, New Guinea, northeastern Australia and the Maluku Islands. The males are bright green with yellow beaks and the females are red headed and blue-breasted, with black beaks.


Alligators and caimans are reptiles closely related to the crocodile. In general, crocodiles tend to be more dangerous to humans than alligators. With alligators, only the upper teeth can be seen when the jaws are closed compared to crocodiles whose upper and lower teeth can be seen. The largest alligator ever recorded measured 19 feet 2 inches and probably weighed over a ton. Alligators only exist in the United States and China. The caiman lives in southern Mexico and South America.

 


Although alligators tend to move slowly, they are capable of short bursts of speed that can exceed 30 miles per hour. An alligator's main prey are small animals, but they may kill larger prey by dragging it down into the water to drown.

In general, it is normal to describe chelonians as turtles, terrapins, or tortoises depending on whether they live in the sea, in fresh water, or on land, respectively. Turtles vary widely in size, from the great leatherback sea turtle, which can weigh over a ton, to the speckled padloper tortoise which weighs about 5 ounces. Turtles have excellent night vision but poor daytime vision. They are famous for their slow movement due to a heavy shell and inefficient leg structure.


 

Fallow deer were spread across central Europe by the Romans. After the 12th century, the Normans released them into royal forests in the British Isles for hunting purposes. Males are known as bucks and have antlers. Females are known as does and a young fallow deer is known as a fawn. They are grazing animals and prefer to live in a mixture of woods and grassland. The fallow deer is easily tamed and is often kept in parks.