Feb 27

SeaWorld and Busch Gardens Leaping Animals Help Celebrate Leap Day on Live! with Kelly

by Staff

Here’s a segment that can happen only every four years – some of SeaWorld and Busch Gardens best leaping animal ambassadors will join Kelly Ripa on “Live! with Kelly”, Wednesday, February 29.

SeaWorld’s Chuck Cureau will showcase the natural leaping behaviors of a kangaroo, kinkajou, serval, sugar gliders and a North American bull frog.

Live! with Kelly is syndicated nationally, and airs at 9 AM in most markets. Check local listings for the time and station.

Leap Year Fun Facts:

- Although our animals use their natural jumping abilities year-round, leap year and leap day occur just every four years.

- We have leap years because the earth does not make a complete revolution in exactly 365 days; it actually takes 365.24 days.

- This means that every 4 years, the calendar is roughly 1 day behind where it should be.

- If we didn't add a day on February 29 nearly every 4 years, we would lose almost six hours off our calendar every year.

- After only 100 years, our calendar would be off by approximately 24 days!

Leaping Animals Fun Facts:

- Kangaroos are the only large animals that move by hopping. Hopping is a fast and energy efficient method of travel, designed to cover huge distances in search of food and water.

- On land kangaroos can't move their hind legs independently, only together.

- Kangaroos cannot move backwards!

- At Busch Gardens Tampa, guests caninteract with mobs of kangaroos and wallabies at the park’s Walkabout Way.

- Sugar gliders are marsupials native to eastern Australia and love to climb, jump and glide.

- A membrane stretches from their wrists to their ankles and allows them to glide, and they use their long tails to steer in mid-air.

- The sugar glider is named for its preference for nectarous foods and its ability to glide through the air, much like a flying squirrel.

- The sugar gliders on Live! with Kelly traveled from SeaWorld San Diego.

What are your favorite leaping animals? Tell us in the comments