10 Unique Animal & Wildlife Species
There are millions of identified
species inhabiting the great planet of earth.
Evolutionary traits have given each individual organism a purpose and method
survival. Different animal species thrive in different habitats and they adapt based
geography, population, and climate of the region. Lately, different animal
populations have become
threatened by weather changes, disease, human hunting,
I love to look at pictures and learn about various creatures in this world.
gathered some of my favorite pictures of animals and included a short description
10. American Beaver
The American Beaver is a semi-aquatic
species of rodent living in Canada, the
United States, and parts of northern Mexico. It was
introduced in the most
southern province of Argentina, Tierra del Fuego and has since adapted, expanded,
and evolved into its natural environmental form. The beaver is the largest rodent
found in the United
States and second largest in the world. The largest being the
South American capybara.
It has a scent gland that admits an oily substance
known as castoreum, which is used to waterproof its fur.
The beaver has the ability to see underwater. There are 25 different subspecies
the American Beaver. These animals are usually active at night and are rarely
seen by people.
They prefer to stay in the water and can remain submerged for
more then 15 minutes. Beavers
construct their homes out of sticks, twigs, and mud
in lakes, streams, and tidal river deltas. They
are well known for building dams
across streams, which can be a problem for land owners.
9. African Wild Dogs
African Wild Dogs are carnivorous mammals found in
the savannas and lightly
wooded areas of Africa. They are a member of the Canidae family and have
Bite Force Quotient of 142, which is amongst the highest rating given to any
Dogs run in packs and they have separate male and female
hierarchies. The animals kill ratings are
better then any other species, 80% of all
hunts end in a kill. They are quickly becoming an endangered
population numbers are drastically dropping with the biggest cause of this problem
being habitat loss
These dogs are internationally loved and the Botswana Wild Dog Research Project
is one of the longest running and most influential predator research projects. They
sociable and family oriented animals.
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8. Bald Eagle
The Bald Eagle is a bird a prey found in North America. It has been recognized
as the national
bird of the United States. The Bald Eagle is the largest raptor in
North America and has a wingspan
averaging 180-234 centimeters. They can
fly to an altitude of 10,000 feet and can reach speeds of
30-35 mph. They are
strong swimmers, have 7,000 feathers, and a lifespan of around thirty years.
This eagle was an endangered species in the 1990’s, but has since expanded its
They prefer a habitat near seacoasts, rivers, large lakes,
oceans, and other large bodies of open water
with an abundance of fish and
other prey. They are usually found in places with little human activity,
readily be seen in many areas of the U.S. and Canada. These eagles are truly
creatures and watching them soar is a magical experience.
Otters are semi-aquatic mammals and are part of the family Mustelidae. There are
thirteen different species and an almost worldwide distribution. Some of the
specific types of otters
include the Sea otter, Eurasian otter, Spotted-necked otter,
Northern river otter, Giant otter, and
the African clawless otter. They mainly feed
on aquatic animals and routinely stay home in
their surrounding habitat. Otters
have long and slim bodies with short limbs, webbed paws, sharp claws,
They also have an insulated under-fur, which helps trap a layer of
air and keep
them dry and warm under water. They must eat 15% of their bodyweight in food
day and usually display short whiskers. Some species of otter are endangered
today, but as a whole
they have come a long way since they were hunted, trapped,
and almost brought to extinction by fur traders.
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6. Hyacinth Macaws
Hyacinth Macaws are the largest flying parrot species in the world and are native
to central and eastern South
America. These are extremely smart and popular
birds. Their immense popularity
as pets is damaging the breeding population
and a bird can fetch around $10,000 American dollars. Hyacinth
a very strong beak for eating their natural foods. They feed on palm, pine nuts,
macadamia nuts, fruits, vegetable matter, and various types of hard
nuts and seeds. These birds are
among the smartest species in the world. They
can easily be trained to mimic human speech, identify
objects, shapes, colors,
and numbers, understand the difference between big and small, over and under,
form small sentences. Hyacinth Macaws are an endangered species,
but measures are being taken by many
conservationists, including programs at
the Minnesota Zoo with BioBrasil and World Wildlife Fund.
5. Red Panda
The Red Panda or Firefox
is a mostly herbivorous mammal found in the
Himalayas, Bhutan, southern China, Pakistan,
India, Laos, Nepal, and Burma.
It is a small creature and only slightly larger then a house cat. They
extremely endangered species with fewer then 2,500 mature individuals. The
of this is habitat fragmentation due to geological processes and
human activity in the area. The Red
Panda has its own independent family
iluridae, which is part of a trichotomy similar to skunks, raccoons,
It is not a bear like the Giant Panda.
Red Panda’s are specialized
as a bamboo feeder. They usually live high in the
mountains and forests. They are
crepuscular, which means active at dawn and
dusk. This animal spends a lot of time in the shade and
can’t tolerate temperatures
over 25°C. They are extremely acrobatic animals and spend most
of their time in
trees. Red Panda’s are solitary animals and usually seek a partner only for
4. Siberian Huskies
Husky is a general term used to describe several breeds of dog. Siberian Huskies
are a medium
sized dense-coated working breed noted for incredible strength and
stamina. They originated in the
cold terrain of eastern Siberia and are considered
great pets. The breed was imported to Alaska during
the Nome Gold Rush and
from there spread into Canada and other areas of the United States. They are
noted for their wolf-like appearance and unique eye color combinations. One eye
may be brown and
the other blue, that in normal for this breed.
Siberian Huskies are very dominant and stubborn
animals and do well with good
training programs. They are smart dogs and have a lifespan of 12-15 years.
dog’s passion is to run and perform in sled dog racing competitions.
3. Eurasian Eagle Owl
The Eurasian Eagle Owl is a species of horned owl native to much of Europe and
Asia. It is
a powerful bird and the world’s second largest owl, with the Blakiston's
Fish Owl being slightly
bigger on average. This owl has a wingspan averaging
138-200 cm and measures 58-75 cm long. It feeds on small mammals, but can kill
prey the size of
a fox or small deer. This species is largely nocturnal and inhabits
mountains and forests, usually
with in cliffs and rocky terrain. They build their
nests on the cliff edges and have a lifespan of
around 20 years, although larger
species can live up to 60 years.
Eagle Owls have often
been observed living in many European cities. In one case,
an owl caused havoc in the crowded Helsinki
Olympic Stadium during the
European Football Championship qualification match between Finland and
The match ended up being interrupted for six minutes. Eurasian Eagle
Owls have a steady breeding population,
but are diminishing in some areas of the
world. They are truly beautiful creatures.
A lynx is any of four different medium-sized wild cats. Lynx have short tails and a
patch of black hair on tip of their ears. They have long whiskers and
padded paws for walking in the
snow. Lynx are not very good hunters and often
struggle to find enough nourishment. The
Bobcat and Canadian Lynx are the
smallest species, with the Eurasian Lynx being the largest. They
animals, but will occasionally travel in packs. Lynx feed on a range of animals,
including white-tailed deer, reindeer, chamois, snowshoe hares,
fish, fox, sheep,
squirrels, mice, and various species of birds.
They live in high
altitude forests, are skilled tree climbers, and talented swimmers.
The Eurasian Lynx ranges from central and northern
Europe across Asia. Recently
it was considered extinct in many areas and successfully reintroduced to the wild
in Slovenia and Croatia. The Canadian Lynx breeding population is abundant in
the boreal forests
of Canada and Alaska. The Iberian Lynx is almost extinct and
any poaching of these animals is a serious
crime. The lynx is the national animal
of the Republic of Macedonia and Romania.
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1. Sun Bear
The Sun Bear is a species found primarily in the tropical rainforests of Southeast
is the smallest member of the bear family, standing approximately 4 ft.
tall. The animal has large
paws with naked soles, small round ears, and they
are excellent climbers. These bears have a
short stouts and use their long slender
tongue to extract honey from beehives. Sun Bears have a wide
from lizards, birds, and other mammals, to fruit, eggs, termites, the young tips
of palm trees, berries, sprouts, and various insects. They
nocturnal creatures and do not hibernate.
There has been a steady decline
in the Sun Bears breeding population, mainly due
to poaching and their categorization as “nuisance bears.”
The bear has loose skin
on its neck, which allows it to turn and bite a formable attacker. Recently,
have been bred to become house pets in many areas of Asia.
- July 6, 2010
I'm sorry, but how the HELL did an otter get on this list and not something like the
are cute and fuzzy and all but there is nothing absolutely
fascinating about them. I call Shenanigans!!