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Aardvark

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Aardvarks have large fleshy ears, a long tail, a prominent snout, and a long sticky tongue that can slip inside termite mounds to capture prey. These distinctive mammals have a gray body that is lightly covered in hair. They can reach up to four feet in length and weigh 120 pounds. Nocturnal, they forage for…

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Abdim’s Stork

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Abdim’s storks are long-limbed birds with black feathers accented by white portions under their wings. They have a blue face with a bright red patch around each eye. Among the smallest storks, these birds still stand nearly three feet tall, although females are slightly smaller than males. In some regions, Abdim’s storks are known as…

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African Painted Dog

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African painted dogs have richly patterned coats with yellow, white, brown, black, and red markings. Adults are roughly the same size as large domestic dogs, weighing up to 80 pounds and reaching three and a half feet in length. They live and hunt in packs of up to 30 members that allow them to capture…

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African Penguin

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African penguins are a smaller penguin species, standing about 18 inches tall and weighing around seven pounds. They use strong, flipper-like wings to propel themselves through the water and webbed feet to steer. Dense bones help them conserve energy while swimming, and backward-facing spines across their tongue help them catch prey. While in water, their…

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African Rock Python

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African rock pythons, Africa’s largest snakes, can measure up to 25 feet long (10 to 15 feet is more typical) and are covered in brown, olive, and yellow blotches. These snakes have a triangle-shaped head marked with a brown spear-head shape outlined in yellow. Although they spend most of their time on the ground, they…

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African Spoonbill

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African spoonbills have striking white plumage, a featherless red face, and long red legs. Their elongated, thin beak ends in a flat, extended bulge resembling a spoon that helps with capturing fish, crustaceans, and insects. They build nests made from sticks and leaves in trees above water. During breeding season, females lay three to five…

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Allen’s Swamp Monkey

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Allen’s swamp monkeys are strong primates with a long tail and covered in grayish-green fur. Males are much larger than females. These tree-dwellers forage on the ground and browse for fish and insects in shallow water. Like most other guenon monkeys, they are quite intelligent and curious, and are often seen manipulating objects.

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American Avocet

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American avocets are long-legged shorebirds with a long, thin bill that curves upward and distinctive black-and-white stripes on their back and sides. These birds got their colloquial name, “blue shank,” from their bluish-gray legs and feet. During breeding season, their head and neck are a pinkish-tan color, and during the winter, they turn grayish-white. They…

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American Beaver

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American beavers are brown, semiaquatic rodents that can weigh up to 71 pounds and reach up to three feet in length, not including their tail. Beavers, as a whole, are one of the few animals that can actively change an ecosystem. Well-known for their ability to build dams, they block waterways with trees and mud,…

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American Black Bear

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American black bears range from black to brown, grow six feet long, and weigh up to 600 pounds. Solitary animals, they roam huge territories that often overlap. They are classified as carnivores but often eat a more omnivorous diet featuring grasses, berries, insects, fish, mammals, and carrion. In winter, females birth two or three cubs…

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American Toad

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American toads often have brown or green skin covered in colorful warts, as well as a white or yellow underbelly. These nocturnal toads spend the day hiding under rocks, logs, and leaves. At night, they use their long, sticky tongues to snag insects. American toads are solitary and only come together to breed. Males establish…

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Aruba Island Rattlesnake

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Aruba Island rattlesnakes vary from gray to pink to brown based on the color of their habitat. Their head and neck are adorned with diamond-shaped markings, which can extend down their body. These rattlesnakes can grow two to three feet in length. They are nocturnal during the warmer months, but are most active in early…

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Asian Small-clawed Otter

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Asian small-clawed otters are covered in gray and brown fur but have lighter coloration on their underside, neck, and face. Large tails complement their slender, almost serpentine build. They have stubby legs and a blunt face. As diurnal animals, these otters hunt prey, including shellfish and crabs, during the day. They form monogamous pairs, producing…

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Bactrian Camel

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Bactrian camels are imposing animals that can reach seven feet in height and weigh up to 1,500 pounds. Their thick brown coat changes with the seasons, and both males and females have two large humps on their back. These grazing mammals favor grasses, leaves, and shrubs, but they can also stomach thorns and dry vegetation…

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Baer’s Pochard

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Baer’s pochards are diving ducks with a dark-gray head, neck, and back and a brownish-red and white flank and belly. Both males and females can have a glossy, dark-green shimmer on their head. Females have a domed head and vary more in color from their head to their beast.This species eats insects, mollusks, shrimps, fish,…

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Bald Eagle

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Bald eagles can stand three feet tall and have a wingspan measuring up to eight feet across. Their name references the white feathers covering the heads of mature birds. Immature bald eagles lack the familiar white head; their feathers are uniformly brown. Bald eagles prefer fish but will also prey on birds and small mammals,…

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Bali Myna

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Bali mynas have striking white plumage, black wing tips, bright blue coloration around their eyes, a yellow-tipped beak, and grayish-blue feet. These Asian songbird often gathers in groups to better locate food and watch for predators. They reside in treetops and nest in tree cavities, where females lay and incubate two to three eggs.

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Barrow’s Goldeneye

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Barrow’s goldeneye were named for their bright yellow eyes, which contrast against their dark face. They are sexually dimorphic, meaning males and females differ in appearance. During breeding season, males have dark purple, iridescent heads and dark faces with white patches. Females have olive heads, dark wings, and a white underside. These medium-sized duck spends…

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Black-and-white Colobus Monkey

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Black-and-white colobus monkeys have a glossy black coat and a white-framed face. Males can weigh 30 pounds, but females are substantially smaller. Colobus monkeys have unique stomachs; their complex gut system allows them to digest large quantities of leafy plant material. They live in troops of up to 15 individuals. Infants are white at birth…

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Black-necked Stilt

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Black-necked stilts have black-and-white markings and long pinkish-red legs. They use their long, thin bill to probe the muddy wetland surface for small insects and crustaceans. These stilts nest on the ground, where females lay three to five eggs. These shorebirds can swim immediately after hatching but remains dependent on their parents for approximately six…