Animals

Animals

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Platycercus elegans

A parrot native to eastern and south eastern Australia.

STATUS: LEAST CONCERN

American Alligator

Alligator mississippiensis

 

STATUS: LEAST CONCERN

Capybara

Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris

The capybara or greater capybara is a giant cavy rodent native to South America. It is the largest living rodent and a member of the genus Hydrochoerus. The only other extant member is the lesser capybara.

STATUS:
LEAST CONCERN

​American Kestrel

Falco sparverius

The American Kestrel, about the size of a Blue Jay, is the smallest raptor in America.  They have the ability to hover in the air while hunting their prey.

STATUS:
LEAST CONCERN

African Pied Crow

Corvus albus

The African Pied Crow is native to eastern and southern Africa, south of the Sahara Desert.  They are excellent mimics and need little encouragement to copy sounds and words.

STATUS:
LEAST CONCERN

Bennett's Wallaby

Macropus rufogriseus

The Bennett’s or Red-Necked Wallabies are common in eastern Australia.  A small population of albino Bennett’s wallabies live on Bruny Island, off the southeast coast of Tasmania.

STATUS:
LEAST CONCERN

Barred Owl

Strix varia

The Barred Owl is the only owl of the eastern United States.

STATUS:
LEAST CONCERN

Bobcat

Lynx rufus

The Bobcat is territorial and largely solitary.  It ranges from southern Canada to central Mexico, including most of the continental United States. 

STATUS:
LEAST CONCERN

Black Casqued Hornbill

Ceratogymna atrata

The Black Casqued Hornbill lives in Sub-Saharan Africa.  These birds make their nests in holes high up in the trees, sometimes more than 66 feet above the ground.  The weight of a hornbill’s casque and bill are so heavy that their first two neck vertebrae are fused to support the weight.

STATUS:

Cavy

 

A South American rodent that has a sturdy body and vestigial tail.

STATUS: LEAST CONCERN

Crimson Rosella

STATUS: LEAST CONCERN

Curl Crested Aracari

Pteroglossus beauharnaesii

Native to Southeastern Peru, western Brazil, & Northeastern Volivia. Their diet mainly consists of fruits, eggs, and insects. 

Dromedary Camel

Camelus dromedarius

The dromedary is the tallest of the camel species. They have a single hump, sharp vision and a great sense of smell. Compared to the Bactrian camel, the dromedary has a lighter build, longer limbs, and a greater height at the shoulder.

STATUS: LEAST CONCERN

STATUS: LEAST CONCERN

Eastern Rosella

Platycercus eximius

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STATUS:
LEAST CONCERN

Eastern Screech Owl

Megascops asio

The Eastern Screech Owl is a small owl relatively common in Eastern North America, from Mexico to Canada.  These owls are strictly nocturnal, roosting during the day in cavities or next to tree trunks.  Despite the name, screech owls do not screech; the call of this owl features whinnies and soft trills.

STATUS:
LEAST CONCERN

Fallow Deer

Dama dama

Fallow Deer are common throughout Europe.  The call of the Fallow deer is called “groaning,” and it sounds a lot like burping.

STATUS: [TBD]

Goat

SCIENTIFIC NAME

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STATUS:
LEAST CONCERN

Great Horned Owl

Bubo virginianus

The Great Horned Owl is one of the largest owls in North and South American.  They are most active at night and like to rest in coniferous trees during the day.  A Great Horned owl’s strong talons require a force of 28 pounds to open.

STATUS:
VULNERABLE

Hyacinth Macaw

Anodorhynchus hyacinthinus

Hyacinth macaws are one of the largest species of parrots.  They live in Southern Brazil and Western Bolivia.  Macaws typically mate for life.

STATUS: LEAST CONCERN

Kangaroo

Macropodidae

These marsupials from Australia are herbivores that are powerful kickers and can jump up to 30 feet high depending on the specific species.

STATUS:
LEAST CONCERN

Laughing Kookaburra

Docelo novaeguineae

The Laughing Kookaburra is the largest of the kingfisher family.  Unlike many kingfishers, the Kookaburra does not eat fish; instead, they hunt small mice and mammals.

STATUS: LEAST CONCERN

Marmoset

Callithrix jacchus

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STATUS:
LEAST CONCERN

Ostrich

Struthio camelus

Well known as one of the very species of large flightless birds native to Africa.  As the largest bird species, the Ostrich lays the largest eggs of any bird.  Their acute sense of hearing and vision allows them to spot predators from far distances.

STATUS: [TBD]

Painted Turtle

SCIENTIFIC NAME

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STATUS:
LEAST CONCERN

Parakeet

Melopsittacus undulatus

The Budgerigar, also known as a common pet parakeet and informally nicknamed the budgie, is a small, long-tailed, seed-eating parrot.  Parakeets are ground-feeders that eat seeds and plant material primarily.

STATUS: [TBD]

Parrot

SCIENTIFIC NAME

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STATUS: LEAST CONCERN

Peacock

Pavo cristatus

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STATUS: VULNERABLE

Pig-tailed Macaque

Macaca nemestrina

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STATUS:
CRITICALLY ENDANGERED

Red Ruffed Lemur

Varecia rubra

The word lemur comes from lemurs, which means ghosts or spirits. They live in the rainforests of Masoala in Madagascar. Red ruffed lemurs have a long claw on the second toe of their back leg to brush their fluffy coats.

STATUS:
LEAST CONCERN

Red-Tailed Hawk

Buteo jamaicensis

Red-tailed hawks are common raptor species in North America. They are known for their outstanding hunting ability and are commonly used in falconry. Pairs remain together for years in the same territory.

STATUS:
VULNERABLE

Reindeer

Rangifer tarandus

Reindeer, also known as the caribou in North America, is native to the Arctic and regions of northern Europe, Siberia, and Northern America.  Some subspecies have knees that make a clicking noise when they walk so the animals can stay together in a blizzard.

STATUS:
ENDANGERED

Ring-Tailed Lemur

Lemur catta

The Ring-tailed lemur is a primate from the island of Madagascar.  It is the most recognized lemur because of its long, black and white ringed tail.  It is also female dominant, a trait common among lemurs.

STATUS: LEAST CONCERN

Sloth

Choloepus hoffmani

Known for their slow speeds, sloths have a slow metabolism and sleep between 15-18 hours each day. They spend most of their lives hanging from branches in the rain forests, only coming down once a week to avoid predators. 

STATUS: ENDANGERED

Spider Monkey

Ateles belzebuth

Also known as the white-fronted or long-haired spider monkey, they’re an endangered species of spider monkey. They are herbivorous, have a strong tail that they use as a limb, and are specialists at swinging! 

STATUS:
CRTICIALLY ENDANGERED

Timber Wolf

Canis lupus

Timber Wolves in the wild are usually found in packs of five to 12 animals.  There is one alpha male and one alpha female in the pack. 

STATUS:
VULNERABLE

Red-billed Toucan

Ramphastos tucanus

Native to South America, more specifically to tropical rain forests. They are the second largest toucan in the world. They have a long, narrow tongue that is frayed at the tip which increases their sense of taste. 

STATUS:
LEAST CONCERN

Turkey Vulture

Cathartes aura

It has a wingspan of 63-72 inches.  In-flight, it uses rising thermal air, flapping its wings infrequently.  Commonly seen in North America, it is also found from Mexico south through South America.

STATUS:
LEAST CONCERN

White-Tailed Deer

Odocoileus virginianus

White-Tailed deer are found from southern Canada to South America. “White-tailed” refers to the white underside of the deer’s tail, which it displays and wags when it senses danger. 

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