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Black Bears

Animal Corner – Black Bears

Did you know that  in spite of their names, black bears can also be brown, blue or grey and even cinnamon? These are the most common bears in America, in fact, they can be found in nearly any forested area but also live in mountains and swamps. Black bears mostly eat berries, grasses and roots, but they are omnivores so they also eat fish and nearly anything they can find.…

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Animal Corner–Spotted Hyena

Here is a spotted hyena! These animals live in the African grasslands. They are omnivores, feasting on all sorts of plants and wildlife. They can even take down much bigger animals than themselves, like wildebeest! These animals grow up to five feet long, and they can run at speed up to 35 miles per hour. Spotted hyenas live in groups called clans. These clans contain up to eighty hyenas. Female hyenas lead the…

Animal Corner – The Short-Eared Owl

[caption id="attachment_2086" align="alignleft" width="277"] Photo Credit: Tupulak[/caption] It is easy to guess how the Short-Eared Owl got his name! This owl is known for their extremely short ears, which are so short that they are barely visible. They still have excellent hearing and are actually great communicators. They make a range of sounds, such as hooting, barking, hissing and squeaking sounds. The Short-Eared Owl can grow up 15 inches and…

Animal Corner – Helping animals through the winter

[caption id="attachment_6102" align="alignleft" width="200"] Credit: Dan[/caption] The winter is tough on animals. They have to find ways to survive with little food and limited access to shelters.  You can do your part to help wildlife survive and make life a bit more comfortable for them, even if you live in an urban area. These are some simple steps you can take to give a helping hand to wildlife: - Provide…

Animal Corner – The Miniature Sicilian Donkey

Few things are more cute than a miniature donkey. They have large eyes and long ears and are covered with a soft cote. They are also super friendly and affectionate, making them even cuter!  The miniature Sicilian Donkey can grow up to around 36 inches tall and weigh between 200 to 300 pounds. Much like their larger counterparts, they are clever, a bit stubborn and very social. They are often…

Animal Corner – Adaptations

Winter is upon us and most of the nation has already had its first taste of frost, freezing rain or snow.  While this is coat and sweater weather for us, how do animals make it through the harsh weather? Animals have special adaptations, these are special traits or behaviors that animals use to deal with the environment around them. These adaptations help animals deal with both cold and warm weather…

Animal Corner – How Animals use Camouflage

[caption id="attachment_3296" align="alignleft" width="300"] Matching the color of the surrounding area is a good way to camouflage![/caption] Camouflage is an important survival tool in the animal world. It helps animals hide from danger and get close to prey. So for those doing the hiding, it can make it harder for predators to find them. For those that hunt, it can help them sneak up close to their prey and improve…

Animal Corner – Père David’s deer

  [caption id="attachment_3285" align="alignleft" width="178"] Credit DiverDave[/caption] Père David's deer is named after a French missionary who was working in China and sent back several samples of the previously unknown deer in 1866. This species of deer is currently extinct in the wild but was indigenous to the subtropical areas of Asia. Père David's deer can grow up to 3.9 feet at the shoulder and stretch out to about 7…

Animal Corner – The Watusi

[caption id="attachment_3275" align="alignleft" width="224"] Ankole-Watusi in France[/caption] The Watusi, sometimes called the Ankole-Watusi, is a medium sized breed of cattle which is originally from Africa. The animals are easy to spot in a crowd due to their large, very distinctive horns. These horns can grow up to 8 feet from tip to tip and serve to both protect and help cool off the animal. The Ankole-Watusi is an old breed…

Animal Corner – The Spiny Tailed Lizard

[caption id="attachment_3141" align="alignleft" width="300"] Courtesy WikiCommons[/caption] While their name isn't very flattering, the Spiny Tailed Lizard are pretty cool lizards that live through most of North America, Northeast Africa,the Middle East. Some species even live further east, establishing themselves in hilly, rocky areas. Officially called Uromastyx, there are a variety of species within this family of hardy lizards. As you can tell from their name, they have spiny tails. These…