The Amazon river dolphin, also known as the pink river dolphin, lives only in freshwater. It is found throughout much of the Amazon and Orinoco river basins in Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Peru, and Venezuela. Relatively abundant with an estimated population in the tens of thousands, it is considered vulnerable in certain areas du...
Recognizable by the distinct yellow hue of its skin, the lemon shark occupies coral keys and mangrove forests along the Atlantic Ocean and parts of the Pacific. They stay close to the surface and are a non-aggressive species, not prone to biting unless provoked or threatened. An adult may live up to 27 years and grow to 10 feet long, making it o...
The California dogface butterfly, also called "dog-head butterfly," is found only in California and has been the state insect since 1972. The male has markings on its wings resembling a silhouette of a dog's head. The female is usually solid yellow with a black spot on each upper wing. Adults feed on flower nectar and are said to be especially f...
As far as we know, all dinosaurs reproduced by laying eggs, as do most other reptiles. The first fossilized dinosaur eggs found, and the biggest yet to be discovered, were found in France in 1869. Other discoveries have been made since then. It is thought that some dinosaurs cared for their eggs, while others simply laid them and then abandoned ...
The Capybara is a semi aquatic mammal native to South America and is the largest living rodent in the world. It inhabits savannas, dense forests and lives near bodies of water. Capybaras are herbivores, grazing mainly on grasses and aquatic plants, fruit and tree bark. They are a highly social species and can be found in groups as large as 100, ...
California Grizzly bears are an extinct subspecies of the grizzly bear. "Monarch" was one of the last wild grizzly bears of California and was the model for the iconic State Flag. Grizzly bears are recognized for their strength, size and beauty. In 1953 the Grizzly Bear was officially designated the state's animal.
About 1,500 species of starfish occur on the seabed in all the world's oceans, from the tropics to frigid polar waters. They are found from shallow waters to great depths of 6,000 m / 20,000 ft below the surface. Most starfish have five arms. Some species have six to fifteen arms and one Antarctic species can have over fifty arms! Starfish fossi...
The Dalmatian has a unique black spotted coat and was mainly used as a carriage dog in its early days. Its roots trace back to Croatia and its historical region of Dalmatia. Dalmatians are often associated with firefighting. When fire engines were horse-drawn, dogs guarded the horses, who easily became uncomfortable at the scene of a fire. The D...
Velociraptor (commonly called "raptor") was a carnivorous dinosaur that lived during the Cretaceous period about 75 million years ago. A few species have been identified ranging in size from 2 to 5 feet tall. They had long tails, a curved claw on each back foot, and are suspected to have had feathers though that has not yet been proven. Scientis...
The Atlas Moth is one of the largest moths in the world. Its has markings on their wings that resemble a cobras head in profile.