The Reticulated Giraffe is a subspecies of Giraffe native to north-eastern Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia. They are an endangered species with less than 5,000 living in the world. Fully grown Reticulated Giraffes can be between 16 and 20 feet tall and weigh up to 1,800 pounds! Living in savannahs, grasslands and woodlands, they live off of leaves and other vegetation.
The Rhinoceros, or Rhino, is a group of 5 different species of the Rhinocerotidae family: White, Black, Indian, Javan and Sumatran. White and Black Rhinos hail from Africa while the others are native to Asia. All species are either endangered or critically endangered due to a loss of habitat and predation by humans, who hunt them for their horns. All Rhinos are herbivores and the largest species can reach up to 7,000 pounds!
The Texas Longhorn is a breed of cattle often used in beef and dairy industries. They are recognized by their distinctive horns, which can be up to 7 feet long and have an upward curve at the tip. A large species, they can weigh up to 2,200 pounds! Texas Longhorns are known for having diverse colorations and for being a very hardy breed. They are also considered easy to care for and have a gentle disposition.
The Lechwe is a species of antelope native to central Africa. Golden brown with white stomachs, they can weigh up to 240 pounds! Males are also the only ones with horns, which are long and spiraled. Preferring marshy areas, they eat aquatic plants and are specially equipped to run quickly in knee-deep water. Lechwe live in herds that can grow very large, with thousand-member herds not being uncommon.
The Black Buck Antelope is native to India but is now considered endangered due to sharply decreasing numbers. They have distinctive colorations with dark brown, black and white patterns. The males sport long spiral horns while the females have none. They live in herds of 15 to 20 and eat mostly grasses and fruit when it is available. Average life span is 12 years but in captivity they can live longer.
Native to Pakistan, India, and Afghanistan, Leopard Geckos are nocturnal and spend their days hiding under dry, rocky ground. Leopard Geckos’ unique ability to move their eyelids sets them apart from other geckos. Their diet is largely crickets, worms and other insects. Their average lifespan is 10-20 years.
Basilisks live near rivers and streams in the Central and South American rainforests. They feast on insects, flowers, snakes, fish, birds and eggs. They earned the nickname “the Jesus Lizard” for their ability to run across the surface of water. Average lifespan is 7 years.
Bearded Dragon Lizards are one of the 7 species belonging to the Pogonagenus family of lizards. They are native to Australia, and they can be found in its rocky and arid regions. Bearded Dragon Lizards are omnivorous, consuming both insects and plants. Their average lifespan is 10-20 years.
The Tupinambis, more commonly referred to as the Tegu Lizard, is native to South America. There are many types of Tegu Lizards, such as Blue, Black & White, Gold, Red and Albino Blue. Their omnivorous diet includes both plants and animals, including eggs. They hibernate about 5 months a year, and they can grow to five and a half feet in length. Average lifespan is 10-15 years.
The Iguana belongs to an herbivorous genus of lizards native to tropical habitats throughout Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. There are several types of Iguana, such as the Green Iguana, the Lesser Antillean Iguana and the Cayman Iguana. All are herbivores and they range from green to brown, depending on species. The Green Iguana is the most common and is often kept as a pet due to their calm nature.