Animal Attraction: The Franklin Park Zoo’s Four Biggest Characters
Illustration by John Ueland
Christopher, an African lion,Â bellows six times daily to â€śconveyÂ to all the other lions in Dorchester that this is his occupied territory,â€ť Linehan says. Golfers on the William J. Devine Golf Course have heard his roar.
The best of Little Joe the gorillaâ€™s 33 tricks? Putting his ear up to the fence so that zookeepers can take his temperature and evaluate him without sedation.
Tito, a 56-year-old California condor with an nine-and-a-half-foot wingspan, has yet to produce an heir. â€śThe first female didnâ€™t like him,â€ť Linehan says. â€śOur current female likes him better.â€ť
Good genes make Beau, the 2,800-pound, 18-foot-tall Masai giraffe, the most desirable sire in North America. â€śHeâ€™s had three viable offspring that are off in other zoos,â€ť Linehan says.
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