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Animal Corner — Siberian Tigers

They may not be known as "the king of the jungle," but Siberian tigers can claim to be the largest cat species in the wild! An adult male can grow to be as much as 700 pounds, with tails up to three feet long. They are also known as Amur tigers, and they can be found throughout Asia in Russia, North Korea and China. Like other members of the tiger…

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Animal Corner — Sika Deer

Sika deer are commonly known as the "Spotted Deer" and the "Japanese Deer." They used to live all throughout East Asia, including Vietnam and Russia. Now it is common almost completely in Japan, giving it the nickname the "Japanese Deer." Unlike most deer, Sika do not lose their spots when they fully mature. Their spot patterns vary depending on the region of Japan they live in. Male Sika antlers grow…

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Animal Corner – Coatimundi

Coatimundi are members of raccoon family that come from tropical and subtropical areas in  South America. They usually live in forests where they search for fruit,insects, small rodents and bird eggs.They weigh up to about 15 pounds and can be up to 44 inches long from head to the tip of their tail. Coatimundi females live in groups called "bands" but the males are usually solitary. They can communicate through…

Animal Corner – Helping Animals through the Winter

[caption id="attachment_2697" align="alignleft" width="265"] Cr: Hal Brindley[/caption] The winter is extra difficult on animals. They have to find ways to survive with reduced access to food and little to no shelter from harsh elements.  Fortunately, you can do your part to help wildlife survive and be more comfortable, even if you live in an urban area. These are some simple steps you can take to give a helping hand to…

Animal Corner – The Bennett Wallaby

[caption id="attachment_2693" align="alignleft" width="175"] Credit: JJ Harrison[/caption] The Bennett's wallaby, also known as the red-necked wallaby, is a medium sized marsupial that comes from Australia and Tasmania. Interestingly, a few small colonies of Bennetts do live in other areas of the world, such as in Scotland and France. The Bennett can weigh up to 40 pounds and be up to 35 inches in body length, excluding the length of their…

Animal Corner – The Bobcat

[caption id="attachment_2689" align="alignleft" width="295"] Credit: DeBold[/caption] What is a Bobcat?  This is a common question as sometimes people confuse this member of the cat family with other species. The Bobcat, officially named the Lynx Rufus,is a cat that lives from Canada to Mexico. Resembling other members of the Lynx family, and with a wide variety of coat variations, the Bobcat can be a difficult animal to identify. They are also…

Animal Corner – Alpaca

[caption id="attachment_2619" align="alignleft" width="200"] Alpaca from Canada[/caption] Alpacas are members of the camel family, native to the mountainous areas of South America such as the Andes of southern Peru, northern Bolivia, Ecuador and northern Chile. They can stand up to 99 cm at the shoulder and weigh up to 180 pounds. They have thick, long hair which is prized for making clothing and other textiles. Alpaca no longer live in…

Animal Corner – The Red Brahma

The Red Brahma, sometimes called the Brahman, originally came from India. They are one of the most popular cattle breeds around the world as they are very hardy and do well even under adverse conditions, even in tropical environments. They came to the United States in the early 1800's and were the result of breeding 4 different Indian Zebu breeds. These cattle have short coats, a hump in between their…

Animal Corner – The Lechwe

[caption id="attachment_2569" align="alignleft" width="300"] Young Lechwe in Botswana[/caption] Lechwe are a species of antelope native to marshy parts of Egypt, such as Botswana, Zambia, Congo and Namibia. They can reach up to 39 inches and 260, with the males being larger than females. Males also have distinct spiraled horns. Lechwe are generally brown with white underbellies. They live in marshes, so they eat a wide range of aquatic plants. They…