Month: May 2010

South American Bushmaster

South American Bushmaster is the largest venomous snake in America. They live in the tropical forests of Southern and Central America, as well as the island of Trinidad. A legend tells us that the Bushmaster snake would suck out the milk from cows and sleeping women. However, this snake is rather passive and there have

Przewalski’s Horse

Przewalski’s horse is nowadays the only true wild horse and is considered to be the ancestor of all races of the modern horse. Unfortunately, almost all specimen live in zoos. Many zoos play a vital role in preserving the Przewalski’s horse, breeding them in captivity and then releasing them in the wild. It is estimated

Mountain Hare

Mountain Hare, also known as tundra hare, or simply the white hare is very well adapted to living in cold regions, far North or high above sea level. This species can survive in a temperature of even minus 40 degrees Celsius. They the far North territories all around the globe and a subspecies of the

Père David’s Deer

Père David’s Deer was saved from extinction thanks to Father Armand David, who took took some specimen from China to Europe at the end of the nineteenth century, saving these deers from dieing out. Currently they live only in zoos and fenced territories, but they originated from the swampy areas of Southern China. Currently, the

Llama

The Llama has held great importance for the South American people for centuries. It’s one of the few tamed animals that carry weights. Llamas are members of the camelid family and it is possible that both Llamas and Alpacas evolved from the wild Guanaco, that live in the bushy savannas of South America. Llamas are

Dhole

Dhole, also known as the Indian Wild Dog or simply Red Dog is a fierce predator. They hunt in groups and succeed in killing animals the size of a buffalo. They live in India, Southeast Asia and parts of China, Mongolia, Russia and Korey. These dogs are known for their excellent cooperation skills that allow

Coyote

A lone Coyote howling at the moon has become a true symbol for West America. In reality, these nocturnal predators are not solitary at all and they often hunt in groups. They inhabit vast territories in North America, from Alaska to Costa Rica and from the Pacific Ocean to the gulf of Saint Lawrence. When

Common Snakeneck Turtle

The Snakeneck Turtle is definitely the most common and most widely known Australian freshwater turtle. Europeans first met this turtle during the first journey of captain Cook in 1770. In different regions this turtle is called differently, with the name almost always referring to a foul smelling scent used by the turtle as means of

Cuscus

Cuscus is a marsupial that spends all its life in the trees, its natural habitat being the wet forests of New Guinea and the Australian province of Queensland. Scientists think that Cuscus established a population in the north of Queensland many thousands of years ago, when the sea level fell and New Guinea and Australia

Basking Shark

Compared to the Basking Shark, all the other species of shark look like tiny midgets, but despite its size, the Basking Shark is a peaceful and unprotected water creature. They inhabit waters of moderate temperatures all around the world, where it spends most of its time swimming through the waters and feeding on plankton and

Hamadryas Baboon

Hamadryas Baboons live in rocky, hilly Ethiopian mountain territories. All baboons, especially the Hamadryas baboons spend more time on the ground than other monkey species. Their extremities are well-built for a lifestyle on the ground, they can run extremely fast. They climb trees, but don’t stand out with good agility. But as they are very

Gophers

Gophers are rodents that live in Northern and Central America. They dig vast underground tunnel systems, where an individual tunnel is about 15 metres long. Many areas they live in are surrounded by impassable mountain ridges, thus allowing Gophers to live in peace and serenity. This way, more than 180 subspecies of Gophers have already

Crested Guineafowl

Crested Guineafowl obtained its name by the curly taft of hair on its head. These guineafowls have a somewhat unatractive looks but apart from their appearance, they’re quite ordinary birds. They inhabit central parts of Africa, ranging throughout all the forest territories, as well as a handful of regions in Southern Africa. Crested Guineafowls are

Tenrec

Tenrecs don’t have wide geographic distributation – they inhabit Madagascar and the closest islands – the Comoros, Seychelles Islands, and Mauritius, also a few species are also found in western central of Africa. Tenrecs are small mammals. By the appearance and lifestyle it reminds of hedgehogs, but in fact tenrecs inhabit entirely different geographic regions.

The Asian Black Bear

The Asian black bear, also known as the Moon bear is black with a beautiful white or cream-colour V shape mark on its chest. The Asian black bear is comparatively small, but full of aggression and courage. Bears tend to live in alpestrine regions. They are of the length from one to two meters and