The Reticulated Giraffe is a subspecies of Giraffe native to north-eastern Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia. They are an endangered species with fewer 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 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 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 besides the Green Iguana, such as 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.
The Blue Tongue Skink Lizard is the largest member of the Scincidae(skink) family. These lizards bare their blue tongue to scare away any potential enemies. They eat a wide variety of insects, fruits, flowers and berries. They are native to Australia, and they dwell near the ground. They can grow to 20 inches in length, and their average lifespan is 10-20 years
Found throughout the United States, Mexico and Canada, Bull Snakes grow as long as 6 feet on average. Typically, they are yellow with brown, red or black splotching. They eat mammals such as mice, rabbits, squirrels, gophers and they even eat birds. When threatened, they rear up to look as big as possible before they lunge and back away at the same time. Their average lifespan is 18 years.
The largest member of the canidae family, a Timber Wolf can run up to 40 mph. Also known as the Gray Wolf, a Timber Wolf is native to the northern parts of North America, Asia and Europe. The Timber Wolf’s body is built for stamina, and it is able to travel long distances when necessary. Average lifespan is about 12-15 years.
Olive Baboons are found throughout African forests, savannahs and steppes. They get their name from their greenish gray coats. They communicate through facial expressions and vocal sounds such as grunts, barks and coughs. Their omnivorous diet helps them adapt to any environment, and they grow to heights as tall as 28 inches. Average life span is 25-30 years.
Alligators inhabit most of the southern United States, with over a million believed to live in Louisiana and Florida. Alligators have an average of 75 teeth. They also average at 800 pounds when full grown and usually grow around 13 feet long. The species has survived on Earth for over 65 million years, and their typical lifespan is 50 years.
A member of the Camel Family, Alpacas are native to the Andes Mountains in South America. Although they are close relatives of Llamas, they are smaller in size and their ears take on a different shape. Alpacas can live up to 20 years.
North America use to be home to 60 million Bison, but now the species survives in a few national parks. They seem large and sluggish but are capable of running at speeds of 30-35 mph. Bison are grazers, and eat grasses and sedges. They can live 18-22 years long.