February 8, 2014
Concluding the series on Australia’s unique and fascinating animals is the ever popular – Koala. Sometimes called Koala “bears” these marsupials are not bears at all. Spending most of it’s time in the eucalyptus trees where it feeds on the leaves, these fascinating creatures can sleep up to 18 hours a day. When on the ground, Koalas can run as fast as a rabbit.
February 7, 2014
A very unique mammal found along the eastern edge of Australia – the Duck-Billed Platypus. These semi-aquatic creatures are bottom feeders that hunt for insects, larvae, worms and shellfish. With their webbed feet and strong tail they move very gracefully through the water in search of prey. Like the Echidna, the Platypus is the only other mammal that lay eggs. Male Platypuses possess venomous stingers in their rear feet.
February 6, 2014
In honor of Waitangi Day (Feb 6) in New Zealand are two featured sketches of the national bird – the Kiwi. A flightless bird indigenous to the island nation, the Kiwi are the only birds with nostrils at the end of it’s beak. There are six varieties of Kiwi found in New Zealand. A nocturnal bird that feeds on worms, insects and berries they form mating pairs for life. A female Kiwi can lay up to 100 eggs during it’s lifetime.
February 5, 2014
The second largest bird in the world – the Emu – is common throughout most of mainland Australia. The Emu is a flightless bird capable of sprinting at speeds up to 30mph (48 km/h) and is the only bird with calf muscles. The powerful legs of the Emu allows them to jump up to heights of 7 feet – straight up.
February 4, 2014
Resident of the island state of Tasmania at the southern tip of Australia is the famous Tasmanian Devil. They are the world’s largest carnivorous marsupial and known for their feisty and aggressive behavior. Pound for pound these animals possess one of the most powerful bites of any mammal. Tasmanian Devils are nocturnal feeders and live a solitary life.
January 31, 2014
A unique Australian mammal – the Short Beaked Echidna. The two species of echidna (short-beaked and long-beaked) are 2 of only 3 egg laying mammals in the world. Echidnas possess excellent hearing though they do not have ear flaps.
January 30, 2014
A pencil sketch of Australian native - the Wombat. Though they look a little like a small bear, these strong burrowing mammals are marsupials. Primarily a nocturnal creature, many Australians have never seen a wombat in the wild.
January 28, 2014
A pencil sketch of the Laughing Kookaburra, one of four species of kookaburra found in Australia. The Laughing Kookaburra is the largest member of the kingfisher family of birds.
January 27, 2014
Starting off a series of Australia’s unique and fascinating animals, Breah presents a sketch of the popular Kangaroo.