Animal Picture of the Day:
Spectacled Bear

Spectacled bear

The spectacled bear is the only South American member of the bear family. Spectacled bears have black to dark brown fur with white-yellow markings around the face, hence the name “spectacled.” The species occupies habitats that include coastal and inland deserts, dry forest, rain forest, cloud forest, steppe, and paramo.

There are an estimated 2000 to 2400 remaining spectacled bears in the wild. CITES lists them in Appendix I – “Most restricted; species threatened with extinction.”


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Animal Picture of the Day:
Mountain Gorilla

mountain gorillas

Mountain gorillas (Gorilla gorilla beringei) are large, quiet, gentle apes that live in Africa. Although gorillas are frequently portrayed as aggressive, dangerous killers, they are actually shy, peaceful vegetarians. Due to massive loss of habitat and poaching these gentle, majestic primates are in great danger of going extinct.



Animal Picture of the Day:
Mexican Wolf

Mexican Wolf

The Mexican wolf (Canis lupus baileyi), also known as “Lobo,” is the smallest subspecies of the North American gray wolf. From prehistoric to fairly recent times, the Mexican wolf ranged from central Mexico to western Texas, southern New Mexico, and central Arizona. Mexican wolves were common throughout their range well into the 1800s. But by the mid-1900s wolves had been all but eliminated from the lower 48 states of the United States. The Mexican wolf is now one of the rarest land animals in the world.

This one might have a happy ending. March 4, 1997, was a historic day and a victory for wolf conservation efforts when Interior Secretary Babbitt signed the final record of decision approving the reintroduction of the Mexican wolf to Arizona and New Mexico. Over one year later three family groups of 11 Mexican wolves were released into the Apache National Forest in Arizona. By September 1999 there were 22 free ranging Mexican wolves living in the forests of eastern Arizona.


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