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This critically endangered iguana from the Honduras Island was declared extinct in the wild in 1994, but wild individuals have been found, though they’re still severely threatened by habitat loss. There are 10.000 individuals left in three subgroups.Picture taken at Whipsnade Zoo: www.zsl.org/zsl-whipsnade-zoo
Pelicans inhabit the entire globe, swimming in saltwater and freshwater environments, wherever there are fish to eat. The Australian pelican is happy with both, catching its prey with the longest beak possessed by any bird, at a maximum of 188cm. When the fluctuating Lake Eyre fills with water and fish every few years, the pelicans flock this temporary oasis to feed.Picture taken at Wellington Zoo: https://wellingtonzoo.com/
This small species of fox lives in the Sahara desert, hunting its prey by night. Its huge ears can detect the slightest of sounds, like a scorpion creeping along the sand, ready for the taking. It’s the national animal of Algeria, and the mascot for the country’s national football team, “Les Fennecs”. Captive specimens are known to be very sociable with other fennecs, but little is known about their wild social behavior.Picture taken at the Bronx Zoo: bronxzoo.com
Named after the beautiful patterns on their stomach, these toads, hailing from southeastern Siberia, Northern china and Korea, are often sold as pets. However, they can secrete a white liquid when alarmed, which is poisonous. Effects on humans are minor, being an upset stomach. But if it’s kept in an aquarium with other amphibians, the latter could be in danger.Picture taken at Expoterraria: www.expoterraria.es/
The heaviest and most widespread of all the corvids, these omnivorous opportunists have been given a bad rap through the centuries; many western cultures consider them a bad omen even today. However, in Norse mythology, they were seen as a symbol of wisdom and foresight; Odin’s two ravens, Huginn and Munnin, helped the Elder god observe the world. The Vikings may have been on to something, ravens being highly intelligent.Picture taken at the Audubon Center: sharon.audubon.org/