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Mountain Gorilla

Gorilla Gorilla beringei Of the three subspecies of gorilla, the mountain gorilla is the largest and rarest. Remarkably strong, the mountain gorilla has a short trunk and a broad chest and shoulders. Males develop a streak of silver hair on their backs when they mature and are called silverbacks. Size Male mountain gorillas reach an …

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Mexican Wolf

Canis lupus baileyi Mexican wolves are the smallest subspecies of North American gray wolves. They are also the most endangered. Commonly referred to as El lobo, the Mexican wolf is gray with light brown fur on its back. Its long legs and sleek body enable it to run fast. Height 26-32 inches at the shoulderLength 4.5-5.5 feet …

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Mexican Spotted Owl

Strix occidentalis lucida Unlike most owls, Mexican spotted owls have dark eyes. The Mexican spotted owl is an ashy-chestnut brown color with white and brown spots on its abdomen, back and head. The spots of this subspecies of spotted owl are bigger than the spots of the other two subspecies, California and Northern spotted owls, …

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Manatee

Trichechus manatus latirostrus The Florida manatee, Florida’s state marine mammal, is a large aquatic relative of the elephant. They are grayish brown in color and have thick, wrinkled skin on which there is often a growth of algae.  Their front flippers help them steer or sometimes crawl through shallow water. They also have powerful flat tails that help propel …

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Lynx

Trichechus manatus latirostrus A medium-sized cat characterized by its long ear tufts and short (bobbed) tail with a black tip, the lynx has unusually large paws that act as snow shoes in very deep snow. Height Around 2 feetLength 2 ½ – 3 feetWeight 18-23 lbs (Their thick fur and long legs make them appear larger than they …

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Lion (African)

Panthera leo The lion is a member of the cat family. Though they can vary in color, their muscular bodies are typically covered with sandy yellowish-brown coats. Mature male lions have a thick mane that encircles their neck and covers the backside of their head and shoulders. The mane hair is stiff and wiry, protecting …

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Leopard

Leopards are medium-sized cats found in a range of colors from pale yellow to gray to chestnut. A leopards shoulders, upper arms, back and haunches are marked with dark spots in a rosette pattern, while the head, chest and throat are marked with small black spots. Large black spots cover the leopards white belly. Black, …

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Lemur

Lemur catta Ring-tailed lemurs have coats of soft, thick, woolly fur. The fur on their body is brownish gray and their tails are ringed with white and black fur. Ring-tailed lemurs have leather-like pads on the bottoms of their feet that help them keep their grip on slippery surfaces. Their hind legs are longer than …

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Koala

Koalas have soft, wool-like fur that is gray above and white below. Their fur is mostly white on the underside below the neck, and their ears have long white hairs on the tips. The koala resembles a bear, but is actually a marsupial, a special kind of mammal which carries its young in a pouch. Size Koalas …

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Impala

Aepyceros melampus The impala is one of the many species of antelope found in the African wilderness. They are reddish/fawn in color with a paler colored underside. They have black markings on their hips and tail, and white markings above each eye, under their chin and on the underside of their tail. This graceful creature is slender …

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Jaguar

Panthera onca The jaguar is the largest cat in the Americas. According to one Indian myth, the jaguar acquired its spotted coat by daubing mud on its body with its paws. Translated, the jaguar’s name means, “a beast that kills its prey with a single bound”. The Jaguar has a compact body, a broad head and powerful …

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Kangaroo

Kangaroos have powerful hind legs and short, thumbless forelimbs. Kangaroos can travel at speeds up to 30 miles per hour and can leap some 30 feet. Kangaroos use their long tails for balancing. Their bodies are covered in thick, coarse, wooly hair that can be shades of gray, brown or red. Kangaroos are marsupials, which …

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Killer Whale

The orca, or “killer,” whale is the largest member of the dolphin family. Orcas have long, rounded bodies with large dorsal fins at the middle of their backs. Their black bodies are marked with white patches on the underside and near the eyes. Size The average male orca grows to 23 feet long and weighs …

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