Goodfellow’s Tree-Kangaroo (Dendrolagus goodfellowi buergersi) is one of two sub-species of tree-kangaroos, native to Papua New Guinea.
It is a macropod, and is related to kangaroos and wallabies.
It grows to 55-77 centimetres (22-30 inches).
The tree-kangaroos are arboreal, spending their lives in trees, unlike other kangaroos that are terrestrial (living on the ground).
Goodfellow’s Tree-Kangaroos are short and woolly with chestnut red fur, a brown face, yellowish cheeks and feet, a pale stomach, a long tail, and two golden stripes on its back.
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The Nile Soft-Shelled Turtle (Trionyx triunguis) is an African freshwater turtle without scales.
Triunguis means three-toed. Most turtles have four toes.
Their shell is flat, not domed. It has a long tubular nose.
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The Bengal Tiger (Panthera tigris tigris) is a carnivorous mammal and the largest of the cat family.
The Bengal Tiger can grow to 1.5-1.8 metres (5-6 feet) tall with a tail of half a metre to one metre (2-3 feet) long.
Bengal Tigers live in the Bengal area of Bangladesh and eastern India.
They are an endangered species because the number of Bengal Tigers is decreasing. In 2014 the estimated population of Bengal tigers was about 3,000 with 2,226 in India, 440 in Bangladesh, 163-243 in Nepal, and 103 in Bhutan.
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The Speckled Mousebird (Colius striatus) is an African bird named after their soft, mouse-like feathers that look like fur.
Their head and crest are mousy brown, with white cheeks, while the area around each eye is dark brown or black. Their legs and feet are dark pink.
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A Waterbuck (Kobus ellipsiprymnus defassa) is a large antelope found in Africa.
Waterbucks have brown shaggy coats, with a white patch around their noses. They have large rounded ears.
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A frogmouth is a grey-feathered bird found in Australia and Asia that has a large beak that looks like a frog’s mouth. The top of the beak has tufts of bristles.
The tawny frogmouth (Podargus strigoides) is native to Australia. Tawny frogmouths are big-headed stocky birds with rounded wings and short legs, often mistaken for owls, because they are both nocturnal (active mainly at night) and they both have front-facing eyes. The word strigoides means owl-form.
One difference between tawny frogmouths and owls is that owls catch their prey (mice) with their feet, but tawny frogmouths catch their prey with their beaks. They are carnivorous and eat moths, spiders, worms, snails, beetles, ants, centipedes, millipedes, scorpions, and sometimes lizards and frogs.
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The hyrax is a herbivorous (plant eating) mammal.
The plural is hyraxes. Hyrax means shrew mouse.
Hyraxes are furry and round, with short tails. They measure about 30-70 centimetres (12-18 inches) long and weigh about 2-5 kilograms (4-11 pounds).
Hyraxes are found only in the Middle East and Africa.
The hyrax pictured is a rock hyrax (Procavia capensis), found in Africa.
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The Southern Hairy-Nosed Wombat (Lasiorhinus latifrons) is the smallest of three species of wombats, an animal native to Australia.
It is a marsupial mammal, because it has a pouch (like a kangaroo). Baby wombats grow in the pouch for about six months.
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The Red Piranha (Pygocentru nattereri) is an omnivorous freshwater fish native to South American waters.
The Red Piranha grows to about 14-26 centimetres (5.5 to 10.2 inches) long.
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At the Tbilisi Zoo in Georgia there are a number of peacocks and peahens, including a white peacock. It is a leucistic peacock.
Leucistic peacocks are white all over. It is a genetic mutation called leucism which causes a reduction of colour pigmentation.
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The black swan (Cygnus atratus) is native to Australia.
It is the only entirely black-coloured swan in the world. Only the tips of its flight feathers are white, which can only be seen when flying. Its bill (beak) is deep orange-red with white bands at the front.
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