Category Archives: Species identification

Seeing spots…a Big Cat test

We’ve been through all the big cats now, and I just want to know one thing. Can you identify a big cat when you see one? Let’s start with the fur. Take a look at all the fur samples below, … Continue reading

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The King!

The King of Beasts!   Most people can identify a male lion with no problem. There are eight subspecies of lion, most of which live in Africa. A small number of Asiatic lions live in the Gir Forest in India. … Continue reading

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The REAL king of beasts

The cheetah is my favorite big cat.  It has its own little genus and species, its own little idiosyncrasies. It’s a cat that has little talent for climbing, but can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 3 seconds…faster than … Continue reading

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Can you confuse a gator with a gharial?

If you do, you just aren’t looking at a gharial.  Their long, oddly-shaped snout is a dead giveaway! General: The gharial is second only to the saltwater crocodile in size, growing up to 21 feet in length! It is found … Continue reading

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What’s living under New York City?

Alligators!  They could come up the plumbing and into your bathtub!  Right?  Well, in case the picture above has you concerned, there’s no hard evidence that there are gators in the sewers of New York.  Why not?  It’s too cold … Continue reading

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Zonkeys and zorses (or hebras?)

Yes, donkeys and zebras can breed and have babies!  The above foal was born to a donkey mother, fathered by a zebra. I like this little guy, half horse, half zebra.  The flank stripes make me think the zebra was … Continue reading

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The dark side of zebras

    Sometimes, zebras are born with some strange stripe patterns.  These zebras are called black zebras. These photos all illustrate the variety possible in the stripes or, in the bottom photo, “spots” of the zebra.

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When zebras go pale…

Top: Zebras are sometimes born with tan stripes.  These are called white zebras. This one is not a true albino, but leucistic…like a white tiger. They have a tan muzzle and dark eyes. Middle: This little guy was reported in 2004 … Continue reading

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Did you know your stripes?

How did you do?  Pretty fun, huh?  Better than listening to that same old song on your iPod, right? Mountain zebras are a threatened species. The Grevy’s zebra is endangered. You can help the endangered Grevy’s zebra here.

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Eight little zebras….a test

See how many you can identify of Grevy’s, Mountain, and Plains zebras (Plains zebras have subspecies).  Don’t forget your IKs!

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