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Supplemental material for the Zoo Guide
The arctic fox is also known as the polar fox or the white fox. The arctic fox is distinctive because of its furred paws.
The brown bear has small ears and high shoulders. It can range in color from cinnamon to almost black. It is also known as the Kodiak bear.
The most prominent difference between the Bactrian and Dromedary camels is their humps.
The ferret has a long, flexible body, short limbs, and a good set of teeth.
The panda is known for its distinct black and white coloring. The eyes, ears, arms, legs, and shoulders are all black while the rest of the body is white.
Gray wolves can vary in color from white to dark gray based on where they are found.
The koala has dense fur that is colored from gray to a reddish-brown. The pouch opens in the rear and extends upward and forward.
The meerkat is a member of the mongoose family and is recognized for its long, thin body.
The moose is the largest member of the deer family and is known for its tremendous antlers, which occur only on the bulls.
The polar bears are known for what appears to be their pure white fur and its massive size. Polar bears are the largest of the bear kind.
Caribou and reindeer are the same species, reindeer being a domesticated, smaller variety or caribou and classified scientifically as a subspecies.
Rhinos have either one or two horns on its heads, which are used in fighting with other rhinos and for protection against predators.
The walrus is known for its large size and pink–reddish brown coloring. It is also easily recognized by its large tusks.
The yak has blackish brown hair that covers the entire body and tail. It also has large, curving horns.
The condor has weak feet that are used more for walking than clutching food. Feathers are absent from most of its head and neck.
The term bald eagle comes from the word “balde,” which in Old English means “white.” This species is known for its white head and tail and its dark brown body.
Macaws are known for their large, curved beaks; loud, squawking calls; and bright, bold colors.
The adult peregrine has bluish gray wings, a pale underbelly, and a black head.
The snowy owl is more agile than other owls and is able to capture birds while in flight.
The trukey is known for its round body, fan-shaped tail, long neck, and large size.
The bobcat can be distinguished from other cats by its ear tufts and ruffs of hair on the sides its face.
The cheetah is known by its distinct spots and white patches on its stomach. Its spots are round or oval and usually measure about an inch in diameter.
Tigers are easily distinguished from other large cats by their black stripes against their orange and tan backgrounds and white underbellies.
The ring-tailed lemur is recognized by its long tail with distinctive black and white bands, which are unique among all the lemurs.
The crocodile is larger than the alligator and has a longer, more narrow snout. It has a streamlined body and webbed feet, which make it an efficient swimmer.
This species is called “bearded” because the throat has a region that is flared when it is angry or excited, giving it a beard-like appearance.
It is the world’s largest lizard, out of over 3,000 lizard species. The adult Komodo dragon is mostly green, gray, or black with white or yellow patches.
The different species vary in color and size. Most species are bright orange, yellow, green, or red.
The most prominent feature of the rattlesnake is the rattle at the end of the tail. This rattle is made of a hard substance called keratin.
The porcupine does not throw its quills, but it uses its strong tail to push its quills into an attacker.
The unusual appearance of the okapi provides this animal with excellent camouflage in the forests.
Prairie dogs live together in large groups called towns.
Originally the skunk kind did not use its musk to protect itself from its enemies because it had no enemies.
The Tasmanian devil is the scavenger of the forest, eating left-over carcasses and other dead animals.
If the wallaby didn’t have such a long, thick tail, it would probably fall over on its nose.
The warts on this animal actually protect its face during attack.
Both species of sloth have long forearms and strong hind limbs.
Some consider the hyena to be the link between cats and dogs, but this is not true.
Less than an hour after birth, a young wildebeest can keep up with the herd.
The wolverine is specifically designed for cold, snowy habitats.
The wombat is designed with powerful legs and extremely strong claws, which it uses for efficient digging and feeding.
The stripes of a zebra are designed to give it protection from predators.
The cockatiel has a sharply bent beak, which is perfectly designed for eating seeds and berries.
This bird like many others will pretend to be injured in order to lure predators away from its nest.
The emu is designed to cope well with the extreme temperatures of its habitat.
The finch has been used by many to support the doctrine of evolution.
The greater roadrunner has a dark brown, streaked appearance with lighter brown on its breast.
The humboldt penguin has claws on the toes of its webbed feet.
Because of the desert environment where the ostrich lives, it has the ability to store enough water to go for months without drinking.
The tail feathers of the peafowl are used to attract a mate and to ward off enemies.
The woodpecker is designed with small tufts of feathers covering its nostrils.
To catch fish, the jaguar will attract them by tapping the surface of the water with its tail.
Baboons are social animals. They live in large groups called troops.
The white-tailed ptarmigan molts twice a year, once in the spring and once in the fall.
The trumpeter swan is known for its white plumage and black bill.
After killing its prey, the leopard may drag the carcass up a tree to keep it from being eaten by other predators.
Chimpanzees have recently been classified in the same family as humans; however, they are two very different and separate creatures.
The gorilla’s arms are extremely long, enabling it to walk on all four limbs while keeping its head up.
The ball python hunts and captures its prey by following it into its burrow.
The orangutans has powerful hands and arms but weak feet.
Younger marmosets will help care for the young of others in their group while waiting to establish families of their own.
The white-cheeked gibbon has extremely dense fur, which protects it from the rain of its habitat.
The American alligator has vertical pupils in its eyes.
Since the cottonmouth spends much of its time in the water, it needs to bask in the sun throughout the day to maintain a constant body temperature.
The shell of the tortoise is not solid; it is made of hollow structures that are like air chambers.
When the king cobra is scared or excited, it spreads the loose skin on its neck into the shape of a “hood.”
From the tip of its snout to just behind the eye, the head of the Northern coral snake is black.
The unique design of its lungs, heart, and capillaries all play vital roles in the giraffe’s survival.
The Tokay Gecko is a fascinating creature made by God.
The boa constrictor has a strong tail that can cling to tree branches, enabling it to swing by its tail from a tree and swat a bird from the air.
Since the elephant uses its trunk for numerous reasons, God designed it with over 100,000 muscle units.
God designed the female black bear with something called “delayed implantation,” when her fertilized eggs do not begin to develop until the fall.
A coyote will sometimes hunt larger prey with other coyotes and with badgers.
Bats are the only truly flying mammals and are in an order all their own.
The great horned owl is mostly nocturnal, hunting and eating during the night and sleeping during the day.
A cougar cannot roar; it has a unique scream.
Since the armadillo is almost blind, God equipped it with an excellent sense of smell and good hearing so it can locate food and escape predators.
The osprey was created by God during creation week.
The hooves of the antelope vary greatly between species.
Sea lions use a system of echolocation to navigate while underwater and to find food.
Badgers eat many small mammals and pests that can quickly overpopulate areas.
The llama has a long, graceful neck and a relatively small head with large eyes and ears.
The Gila monster has the ability to consume large amounts of food at one time.
The snapping turtle is known as a scavenger.
The long legs of a heron allow it to effectively fish in the wetland areas where it lives.
Hummingbirds are known for their long bills, dazzling colors, and speedy wings.
Even secular biologists claim that rabbits are hardly different from the earliest rabbit fossils.
The body plumage of the Toco toucan is black with a white patch on its throat.
The dingo is commonly referred to as a wild dog.
The belly of the gazelle is the perfect color to reflect the heat of the sun’s rays away from the body.
Hippos are very neighborly.
Jackals help keep the numbers of vermin down, such as rodents and insects, which eat crops.
Kangaroos like to box. Young kangaroos do this as play while adult males use this action to show dominance.
The anteater is important to the area where it lives.
The claws of the mole are specifically designed to tear through and remove dirt.
This species is often called “wapiti,” which is a Shawnee word meaning “white rump.”