Cameron Park Zoo in Waco

Waco's Cameron Park Zoo is much better than zoos in some larger cities, such as Indianapolis. Everything about this zoo was better, with the exception that unlike Indy they didn't have a polar bear. They had a couple of exotic turtles, a poisonous newt, several interesting snakes, a school of piranhas, and the interesting animals pictured below.

First up is a Capybara, the world's largest rodent, which can weigh up to 150 pounds.

Capybara largest rodent

Next up is a Patagonian Cavy. When it was standing up I found this to be a quite attractive animal. Could it be the model for the mythical jackalope. Unfortunately, it had sat down by the time I got my camera out and it refused to oblige me with a better shot.

Patagonian Cavy

The following two pictures are of their Sumatran Tiger. Those bars in the foreground just look like chicken wire, they were actually a bit sturdier.

Sumatran Tiger yawning

Sumatran Tiger staring

[visit date: 11/11/03]


United States
31° 33' 0" N, 97° 9' 0" W
May 6, 2006 – 9:43pm