Stuart the fishing cat is our #FelineFriday feature. Unlike most cats, fishing cats are amazing swimmers and are completely at home in the water. Their paws have webbing between the toes to help them swim and walk in muddy wetlands without sinking.
The fishing cat’s fur has two layers: one layer is very short and dense to keep the cat’s skin warm and dry during time spent in the water; longer hairs, called guard hairs, give the cat its color pattern, which is great for camouflage. #FishingFeline#AwesomeAnglers#catstagram#SanDiegoZoo 📷: Debbie Beals
World's most awkward family photo. 😂 For meerkats, there isn’t just safety in numbers—there’s also companionship. The mob is made up of several family groups, with one dominant pair that produces most of the offspring, but they don’t have to be related to belong to the same group. Meerkat mobs spend a lot of their time grooming and playing together to keep the family as a tight unit. This community existence helps the meerkats survive. #MeerkatMonday#MotleyMob#AwkwardFamilyPhoto#SanDiegoZoo 📷: Alison Aber
How do I get this monkey off my back?
These baboon are no buffoons: Once revered by Ancient Egyptians as representatives of the Egyptian god of learning, hamadryas baboons are also referred to as Sacred Baboons. These hardy Old World monkeys display complex social behaviors, and can live in troops of several hundred individuals. Though currently extinct in Egypt, these monkeys can be found in large populations in Ethiopia, Somalia, Saudi Arabia, and Yemen. In fact, no other species of baboon resides as far north as hamadryas baboons. #OldWorldMonkeyBusiness#sandiegozoo#baboonsnotbuffoons 📷: Deric Wagner
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