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10 Unique Animal & Wildlife Species

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There are millions of identified species inhabiting the great planet of earth.
Evolutionary traits have given each individual organism a purpose and method for
survival.  Different animal species thrive in different habitats and they adapt based
on the geography, population, and climate of the region.  Lately, different animal
populations have become threatened by weather changes, disease, human hunting,
and poaching.
 
I love to look at pictures and learn about various creatures in this world.  I have
gathered some of my favorite pictures of animals and included a short description
on each.
 
   

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 of
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.

stevehdc

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ciiff1066

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Stinkie Pinkie

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 a
Bite Force Quotient of 142, which is amongst the highest rating given to any
creature.  African 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 species and
population numbers are drastically dropping with the biggest cause of this problem
being habitat loss and hunting.
 
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
are extremely sociable and family oriented animals.
 

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cliff1066

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Jeff Kubina

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The Girls NY

8. Bald Eagle

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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
breeding population.  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, but can
readily be seen in many areas of the U.S. and Canada.  These eagles are truly
beautiful creatures and
watching them soar is a magical experience.
    

law_keven

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cliff1066

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Alaskan Dude

7. Otters

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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, and a
muscular tail.
 
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
each 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.
 

law_keven

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Tambako the Jaguar

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mikebaird

6. Hyacinth Macaws

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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 Macaws have
a very strong beak for eating their natural foods.  They feed on palm, pine nuts,
coconuts, 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,
and even 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.

Alexander Yates

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The Gut

5. Red Panda

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furryscaly

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 are an
extremely endangered species with fewer then 2,500 mature individuals.  The
main cause 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, and weasels.
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
mating.

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drs2biz

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cliff1066

4. Siberian Huskies

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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.  The
dog’s passion is to run and perform in sled dog racing competitions.
  

ezioman

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randihausken

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HerPhotographer

3. Eurasian Eagle Owl

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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
Belgium.  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.
   

foxypar4

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jurvetson

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Brian Scott

2. Lynx

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A lynx is any of four different medium-sized wild cats.  Lynx have short tails and a
characteristic 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 are solitary
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.
  

Fool on the Hill

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law keven

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bullfrogphoto

1. Sun Bear

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The Sun Bear is a species found primarily in the tropical rainforests of Southeast
Asia.  It 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 diet ranging
from lizards, birds, and other mammals, to fruit,
eggs, termites, the young tips
of palm trees, berries, sprouts, and various insects.  They are primarily
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, they
have been bred to become house pets in many areas of Asia.
              

law keven

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kthypryn

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Stu Seeger

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Anonymous - July 6, 2010

I'm sorry, but how the HELL did an otter get on this list and not something like the
platypus.  Otters are cute and fuzzy and all but there is nothing absolutely
fascinating about them.  I call Shenanigans!!



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