Riverbanks Conservation Outpost

Journey through the Riverbanks Conservation Outpost and observe unusual and fascinating small mammals, including Rodrigues fruit bats, golden-lion tamarins, Matschie's tree kangaroos and black-footed cats.

Black-footed Cat

Quick fact: The smallest cat species in the world is so-named for the black undersides of its feet. The black-footed cat may be small (3 to 4 pounds), but it is also a fierce predator.

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Black Howler Monkey

Quick fact: The black howler monkey is the largest New World primate. Females can reach 14 pounds, and males can reach up to 25 pounds. Females are brown; males are born brown but turn black as they mature.

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Crocodile Monitor

Quick fact: The name reflects its predatory nature. Unlike other types of monitors, the crocodile monitor has a decided taste for vertebrate prey such as birds and arboreal mammals.

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Photo courtesy of ©Richard W. Rokes.

Golden-lion Tamarin

Quick fact: A tamarin’ diet consists primarily of insects and fruit, but they also eat spiders, snails, lizards, eggs and small birds.

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Matschie’s Tree Kangaroo

Quick fact: Riverbanks was awarded the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) International Conservation Award for its support of the conservation of Matschie’s tree kangaroos in Papua New Guinea.

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Rodrigues Fruit Bat

Quick fact: Fruit bats are found throughout the tropical forests of Africa, Asia and Australia. Rodrigues fruit bats are only found on Rodrigues, a 36-square-mile island 1,000 miles east of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean.

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