Fur

  • Secretary bird

    These Birds of sub-Saharan Africa’s savannas, grasslands, and shrub lands stand at nearly four feet tall—and standing is often how you’ll find them, because they primarily move around on foot. They fly only when necessary, such as to reach their nest in the trees and for courtship displays. The secretary bird…

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  • Partridge

    Plump, midsize birds with curved bills, partridges live in a variety of habitats around the world, including forests, grasslands, and rocky plains. Despite what you may have heard about pear trees, the 56 partridge species are ground-dwellers, using their short, sturdy legs and strong claws to dig for food or make nests.…

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  • Shoebill

    Depending on your perspective, a shoebill either has the same goofy charm as the dodo or it looks like it might go on the attack any moment. What makes the aptly named shoebill so unique is its foot-long bill that resembles a Dutch clog. Tan with brown splotches, it's five inches wide and…

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  • Large-eared pika

    Pikas are small, rabbit-like mammals that live in rocky, mountainous regions all over the world. The large-eared pika is native to central Asia, where it makes its home in the rock fields in the mountains of Afghanistan, Tibet, Nepal, and surrounding countries. They are grayish brown in color, with short…

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  • Alpine Ibex

    The Alpine ibex goes by a few different names, including bouquetin, steinbock, or simply ibex. A type of wild goat, these majestic and hearty creatures are known for their long and intimidating horns—but these horns only grow so long among the males of the species. As the name suggests, alpine…

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  • Mandrill

    A monkey with a strikingly colourful face, the mandrill is one of Africa’s most interesting mammals. They thrive in the jungle environments of central Africa, and mandrill populations range from Cameroon to the Democratic Republic of the Congo. While they are similar in some ways to baboons and were even classified…

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  • Horseshoe Bat

    Horseshoe bats are small to medium-sized bats that live in many warm regions in Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Pacific Islands. Most of them have smooth, long fur that can be brown, black or bright orange-red. Horseshoe bats get their name from their horseshoe-shaped nose leaf. This nose leaf helps…

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  • Quokka

    The Quokka is a small marsupial that is natively found in parts of the south-west of Australia and on only two islands off the south-west coast. The Quokka is one of the smallest wallaby species in the world, and most distinctively differs from other wallabies with their short and barely-furred…

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  • Jaguar

    The jaguar is the largest feline on the American continent and is the one of the world's 'big' cats to be found in the New World. Jaguars are closely related to leopards and have a number of similar characteristics including the distinctive spotted patterns on their fur. The jaguar is…

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  • Cheetah

    The cheetah is a large and powerful feline that was once found throughout Africa and Asia and even in parts of Europe. Today however, it is found in only a few remote regions of its once vast natural range, primarily due to growing human settlements and the hunting of them…

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