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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 chameleon is distinctly different from other lizards.
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 osprey was created by God during creation week.
To catch fish, the jaguar will attract them by tapping the surface of the water with its tail.
The claws of the mole are specifically designed to tear through and remove dirt.
The shell of the tortoise is not solid; it is made of hollow structures that are like air chambers.
The finch has been used by many to support the doctrine of evolution.
Prairie dogs live together in large groups called towns.
The unusual appearance of the okapi provides this animal with excellent camouflage in the forests.
When the king cobra is scared or excited, it spreads the loose skin on its neck into the shape of a “hood.”
A cougar cannot roar; it has a unique scream.
The hooves of the antelope vary greatly between species.
The humboldt penguin has claws on the toes of its webbed feet.
God designed the female black bear with something called “delayed implantation,” when her fertilized eggs do not begin to develop until the fall.
The gorilla’s arms are extremely long, enabling it to walk on all four limbs while keeping its head up.
Since the elephant uses its trunk for numerous reasons, God designed it with over 100,000 muscle units.
The ball python hunts and captures its prey by following it into its burrow.
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.
The white-cheeked gibbon has extremely dense fur, which protects it from the rain of its habitat.
Bats are the only truly flying mammals and are in an order all their own.
Jackals help keep the numbers of vermin down, such as rodents and insects, which eat crops.