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The Smallest Ratite: The Kiwi

As promised, here is the 5th ratite, which is a family of flightless birds.  Unlike the emu, ostrich, rhea, and cassowary, the kiwi is small.  Some are no bigger than a domestic chicken.  They are also endangered, so there are … Continue reading

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The Tall, Long-Necked Ratites

Originally, I was going to do a post for each one, but I found that the subspecies all looked the same.  That was becoming an issue for previous posts where I didn’t know if I had the right subspecies.  So, … Continue reading

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Strange and Silly Lizards

I was trying to think of a good animal to do a quick post on, but everything needed a lot more research.  Of course, I got to thinking about types of animals that are too numerous for me to do … Continue reading

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The Dhole: Endangered Asiatic Wild Dog

My son and I first learned about the Dhole (pronounced like Dole) from an episode of the Wild Kratts.  These are wild dogs are found in various areas of Asia.  They have many names too.  Whistling dog, red dog, mountain … Continue reading

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The Kagu: Last of the Rhynochetos

First, Rhynochetos is this genus of this animal.  Second, the Kagu is a bird, which might have thrown a few people off if they didn’t see the pictures.  I don’t even remember how I stumbled onto this one. The Kagu … Continue reading

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The Coatimundi: Arboreally Adorable

What is a coati or coatimundi? This omnivore is found in North, Central, and South America.  They’re a relative of the raccoon, but they’re diurnal (daytime) instead of nocturnal.  You’ll see in the pictures that they have long tails, which … Continue reading

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The Endangered Giants: Elephants

I was surprised to see that I never made an animal post about elephants.  Didn’t even have them on my list.  Maybe I did it and can’t find it, but you would think they would be early in my posting … Continue reading

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The Okapi: Ghosts of the Forest

The Okapi is a relative of the giraffe discovered in the 1900’s. It’s even called the forest giraffe, Congolese giraffe, and zebra giraffe.  Yet, it doesn’t have a long neck, so you wouldn’t think this.  There are only an estimated … Continue reading

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The Giraffe: Masters of Reaching the Top Shelf

The giraffe is a favorite of children everywhere.  Mostly because it has such a unique appearance with its long neck.  We see them at zoos and you can even find a few at petting zoos for various reasons.  For example, … Continue reading

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The Five Monotremes: Yes, These are Real Animals

Monotreme–  an egg-laying mammal I’m pretty sure everyone just thought of a specific one.  Yet, there are five species.  One is the platypus and the other four are types of echidna.  All are listed as critically endangered due to habitat … Continue reading

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