Last week we received a unique addition to our growing group of rescued/adopted Animal Ambassadors. Solomon, a Solomon Islands prehensile-tailed skink (Corucia zebrata), has had numerous owners in his 17 years of captivity. His home of origin- the Solomon Islands - was certainly the best place for him. Animal Embassy will now be home for the remainder of his life. Erin (pictured above with Chris, Animal Embassy's Director/Founder) provided, at least, the fourth home for this spectacular creature. Erin brought Solomon to us from a Westchester-based nature center where it was felt that our facility could provide a longer-term home as well as more opportunities for this beautiful creature to help educate the community.
Our new addition received a wonderful welcome by Animal Embassy staff and interns. Robin (pictured above) is in charge of the daily care of all of Animal Embassy's adopted/rescued Animal Ambassadors.
Like some monkeys, these arboreal lizards have prehensile tails to aid in climbing.
These skinks can reach a length of almost three feet, and the tail can account for over half of their body length.
Above, Chris getting to know Solomon.
Above, Solomon meets Hanu, the Fly River Turtle (Solomon-the skink is not in the water!)
Logging is a serious threat to the survival of this species in its natural habitat. Pet trade exports have affected wild populations; export of this species from the Solomon Islands is now restricted. With our educational programming, Animal Embassy endeavors to educate children, and people of all ages, about these issues. Solomon will surely help us in our mission.
Come meet Solomon at the Animal Embassy public exhibit at the Stamford Museum & Nature Center!