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Ambassador Animals

About Our Ambassador Animals

Ambassador animals are the heart of our mission at Mississippi Aquarium. Our ambassador animals represent the Aquarium in the community through in-person off-campus visits, media appearances, and daily visits to the Aquarium's campus. Our ambassador animals range from Pele, our Brazilian three-banded armadillo, to an entire 11-bird colony of highly endangered African penguins.

Ambassador Schedule

Monday
Nacho, Guinea Turaco

Tuesday
Tito, Two-toed Sloth

Wednesday
Andreas, Gopher Tortoise or
Wilbur, Hognose Snake

Thursday
Rebel or Diesel, Baby Alligator or
Andreas, Gopher Tortoise

Friday
Nacho, Guinea Turaco or
Todd, Green-winged Macaw

Saturday
Pele, Three-banded Armadillo or
Bobbie, Ball Python

Sunday
Todd, Green-winged Macaw

*Ambassadors are subject to change

Featured Ambassadors

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Todd

Todd

Green-winged macaw
from Central & South America

Parrots are highly intelligent and social animals, mimicking calls and sounds to help them identify family and flock-mates.

Parrot flocks are known to develop specific calls and often have their own dialects!
 

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Tito

Tito

Linnaeus's Two-toed sloth
from South Africa

Sloths are known for their slow movements, but are surprisingly strong.

In fact, sloths are 3x stronger than the average person!
 

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Nacho

Nacho

Guinea turaco
from West Africa

Guinea turacos are frugivores and their diets consist of mostly fruits, figs, seeds, flowers, and occasionally insects.

These birds have integrated human-grown produce into their diet, as cultivated lands provide ample food.
 

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Rebel & Diesel

Rebel & Diesel

The American alligator is Mississippi's state reptile and the largest reptile in the United States.

They have 80 teeth that get replaced several times throughout their lifetime.

Alligators stop feeding when the ambient temperature drops below 70°F, and become dormant below 55°F.
 

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Pele

Pele

Southern Three-banded armadillo
from South America

They are the only species of armadillos that is capable of rolling into a complete ball to defend and protect themselves.
 

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Andreas

Andreas

Gopher tortoise
from Southeastern United States

They spend 80% of their time in burrows averaging 15 feet long and 6.5 feet deep.

These burrows provide shelter for at least 360 different species!
 

Snakes

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Bobbie

Bobbie

Ball Python
from Central & Western Africa

Ball pythons are generally terrestrial, but can be found in water or in low stumps and foliage.

When frightened, ball pythons will tuck their head and curl into a ball.
 

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Wilbur

Wilbur

Hognose Snake
from North America

Hognose snakes get their name from the upturned scale at the end of their snout which they use to dig in loose sand and soil.

These snakes are carnivores that prey on toads, frogs, mice, birds eggs, lizards eggs, and bugs.
 

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