Giant Panda

The Giant Panda is one of the most recognizable animals on the planet, it is also one of the most critically endangered, meaning it is threatened with extinction. The fur of a Panda is thick and woolly, giving them protection from the cold in the mountain forests of China.

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Leopard

Leopards are the fourth largest cats in the world, falling just under the Jaguar. They range from Africa up through the middle east and most of Asia. Leopards’ spots are rosette shaped often with no spot in the middle.

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Leopard, notice the rosettes without spots in the center

Jaguar

Jaguars are the third largest cat in the world. They live in the Americas, mostly in central and South America but some still remain in Mexico. They have large rosette spots, rounded spots with spaces in the center, that often have spots in the middle.

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Jaguar, it has large rosette spots with a round head

 

 

Bamboo

Bamboo is common throughout most of Asia. Despite looking like a tree, bamboo is really a type of grass, the fasting growing grass in the world! Bamboo is also food for many species of animals, including the Giant Panda.

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Bamboo, it has distinctive notched segments, sections, in the wood.

Doves vs Pigeons

Many people mistake doves for pigeons and vice versa. Doves are generally smaller than pigeons and have a more pointed tail, whereas pigeons are normally larger and have a more rounded tail.

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Dove, note the pointed tail feathers

 

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Pigeon, note the rounded tail feathers

Orca Whale

The orca whale actually isn’t a whale, but is instead the largest member of the dolphin family. They have very distinct coloring with black topsides and white undersides with white markings near the eyes. A group of orcas is called a pod.

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Two Orcas, also known as Killer Whales, breeching

Reminder

This is a reminder that the blog is intended for children and younger audiences. If any adults are reading this and think the content is good for your children, let them know, help them gain an interest in our natural world. I post small facts about animals, with pictures, to gain and keep children’s interest.

Any suggestions as to how to make this even more kid friendly would be appreciated.

Thank you

Elephants

Elephants are some of the largest land animals on the planet. Two different types of elephants exist, the African and the Asian elephant, with African elephants being larger in size than their Asian cousins.

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African Elephant
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Asian Elephants

Peregrine Falcon

The Peregrine Falcon is a raptor, a bird of prey, that hunts medium sized birds such as doves and pigeons or waterfowl such as ducks. These birds have recorded air dive speeds at over 200 miles per hours, making them one of the fastest animals on the planet!

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