Wildlife Wednesday: one more chance to learn about our national animals | Feb 26/20

This week some of the animals we’re introducing are the official national animal of not one but several countries.  Let’s see if you can guess at least one country for each animal!

The answers to last week’s offerings can be found at the bottom of this post.

Again, in no particular order:

This mighty king of the beasts makes for an extremely popular national animal, chosen by at least 16 countries, including some places that might surprise you. Can you guess one of them, or maybe even 2 or 3?

 

 

 

This easily recognizable fellow is the national animal of at least two countries. Can you guess at least one of them?

 

 

 

This handsome fellow is better known to people living around the Arabian Peninsula, for which he is named. Although not known to many of us from elsewhere, he is the national animal of at least 5 countries.

 

 

This familiar-looking animal is the national animal of at least two countries. Can you name one of them? It’s hard to believe that all modern dog breeds are supposed to have originated with this animal.  Even the Chihuahua and the cocker spaniel?!

 

 

You can spot these gentle marine creatures in the Florida Keys, where their main predators are motorized boats, but it is the national animal of a country south of there.

 

 

 

This easily recognizable animal is the national animal of what country?!

 

 

 

 

If you can guess this animal then you deserve a gold star. Unless you are from the magical Himalayan country just east of Nepal, where I had my first sighting, in which case you should know it. This is the national animal of that special country.

 

 

This playful aquatic animal is found in many parts of the world.  What country has chosen it as their national animal?

 

 

 

Just resting between hunts. Do you know what animal this is? Can you guess what country he represents? What continent?

 

 

 

 

And now for the answers to last week’s collection of national animals. Hopefully, you all did well!

The Cow is the national animal of Nepal.

 

 

The Dodo is the national animal of the island nation of Mauritius.

 

 

 

The Kiwi (the bird, not the fruit!) is the national animal of New Zealand.

 

 

The Lemur is the national animal of the island nation of Madagascar.  Madagascar is the only place in the world where lemurs are found.  There are many varieties.

 

The scary Komodo Dragon is the national animal of Indonesia.

 

 

This was an easy one. The Giant Panda is the national animal of China.

 

 

This gorgeous Snow Leopard is the national animal of Afghanistan.

 

 

The magnificent Tiger is the national animal of India, Bangladesh,  Malaysia, and South Korea.

 

 

The Bull, aka El Toro, is the national animal of Spain.

 

 

The Giraffe is the national animal of Tanzania.

 

 

 

That’s it for this week’s episode of Wildlife Wednesday. I hope you’re enjoying learning about the world’s national animals. Next week marks World Wildlife Day, so I’ll try to make next week’s Wildlife Wednesday extra special!

More Wildlife Wednesdays:
Whose national animals are these? Feb 12/20
Some answers and some new animals. Feb 19/20
 Shining a light on endangered animals around the world. Mar 4/20

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8 Responses to Wildlife Wednesday: one more chance to learn about our national animals | Feb 26/20

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  4. Great fun learning these facts, Jane! Thanks!

  5. LA says:

    Ok….in order…Lion, brown bear, ibex?, wolf?, manatee?, dromedary?, my mother in law?, dolphin?, jaguar? If any are right I’ll try to figure the country

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