12 Creatures of Christmas: Day 12 -Merry Christmas


The 12 Creatures of Christmas: Featuring some amazing and unique animals with a special holiday theme.

I hope you have enjoyed learning about some of the many fascinating creatures found in the world around us. Thanks for your continued support and Merry Christmas!

12 Creatures of Christmas: Day 11 – Reindeer


The 12 Creatures of Christmas: Featuring some amazing and unique animals with a special holiday theme.

Reindeer are native to the tundras and forest of North America, Europe and Asia. They are also known as Caribou. A Reindeer’s nose is highly specialized allowing them to smell food hidden under snow or even allow them to detect the scents of possible predators. Their noses, though not red in color, is covered in hair, and their large nasal passages aid in warming the freezing cold air before entering their lungs.

12 Creatures of Christmas: Day 10 – Polar Bear


The 12 Creatures of Christmas: Featuring some amazing and unique animals with a special holiday theme.

Polar Bears are the largest land carnivore alive today. They are often considered marine mammals because of their dependence on arctic sea ice and their excellent swimming ability. A Polar Bear’s claws are two inches long and their massive paws measure nearly 12 inches across.

12 Creatures of Christmas: Day 9 – Hawaiian Monk Seal


The 12 Creatures of Christmas: Featuring some amazing and unique animals with a special holiday theme.

Hawaiian Monk Seals are only found in the tropical islands of Hawai’i. While they spend most of their time at sea, they will rest and give birth on the many island’s sandy beaches or volcanic rock shorelines.

12 Creatures of Christmas: Day 8 – Man-Faced Stink Bug


The 12 Creatures of Christmas: Featuring some amazing and unique animals with a special holiday theme.

The Man-Faced Stink Bug is known for its distinctive black markings that resemble a human face. Found in India and Southeast Asia, their bright colors of red, orange, yellow and cream are a warning to predators that they taste bad. They also produce a foul odor for defense!

12 Creatures of Christmas: Day 7 – Angel Sharks


The 12 Creatures of Christmas: Featuring some amazing and unique animals with a special holiday theme.

Angel Sharks possess flattened bodies and expanded, wing-like pectoral fins. Angel Sharks are ambush predators. They typically rest on the sea floor where special muscles help pump water over their gills, allowing them to breathe without swimming and lying motionless to strike unsuspecting prey!

12 Creatures of Christmas: Day 6 – Snowy Owls


The 12 Creatures of Christmas: Featuring some amazing and unique animals with a special holiday theme.

Snowy Owls inhabit treeless tundra regions and meadows. With large wings, a velvety texture on their feathers and comb-like serrations on the leading edge of their wing feathers they are capable of nearly silent flight!

12 Creatures of Christmas: Day 5 – Ribbon Eels


The 12 Creatures of Christmas: Featuring some amazing and unique animals with a special holiday theme.

Ribbon Eels are a unique species of moray eel native to the reefs of the Indian and Pacific Oceans. All Ribbon Eels begin life as male. They are black when they hatch and develop yellow bands as they age, then transition into blue and yellow as they mature. As they become older they become an all yellow female capable of laying eggs!

12 Creatures of Christmas: Day 4 – Rockhopper Penguins


The 12 Creatures of Christmas: Featuring some amazing and unique animals with a special holiday theme.

Rockhopper Penguins are among the smallest of the crested penguins. Found nesting on the rocky shores of the sub-Antarctic islands, they are known for their ability to hop from rock to rock to move around!

12 Creatures of Christmas: Day 3 – Llamas and Alpacas


The 12 Creatures of Christmas: Featuring some amazing and unique animals with a special holiday theme.

Llamas and Alpacas are domestic animals originally from South America. The have provided food, fiber and companionship to people for around 6000 years and are desired for their soft, silky fleece that is warmer, stronger and softer than sheep’s wool!

12 Creatures of Christmas: Day 2 – Beluga Whale


The 12 Creatures of Christmas: Featuring some amazing and unique animals with a special holiday theme.

Belugas are also known as white whales and are native to the icy Arctic Ocean and subarctic seas. The English name “beluga” comes from the Russian word meaning “white.”

12 Creatures of Christmas: Day 1 – Sea Stars


The 12 Creatures of Christmas: Featuring some amazing and unique animals with a special holiday theme.

Sea Stars are commonly known as Starfish. They are marine invertebrates related to sand dollars, sea urchins and sea cucumbers. Found in oceans worldwide, Sea Stars typically have five arms but some species have more than 40!

Red Panda Day 2020


From its habitat of temperate forests to its adorable looks, the red panda is considered a flagship species for its home: the Eastern Himalayas.

By protecting these environmental-ambassadors, other species are likely to benefit too.

The Eastern Himalayas are considered a biodiversity hotspot. Home to iconic animals like Asian elephants, greater one-horned rhinos, Bengal tigers, clouded and snow leopards; unique species like Chinese pangolins, takin, and Ganges River dolphins; numerous bird species including pheasants and rufous-necked hornbills along with many other varieties of animals and plants.

This region is also home to millions of people.

As the human population grows, so does the need for space and resources, often resulting in unsustainable harvesting of forest resources and conversion of natural habitat to agricultural land.

Habitat loss is among the greatest threats to wildlife—and red pandas are certainly no exception.

Red pandas are listed as endangered, and the destruction of their forest homes is considered the biggest threat to their survival. The global red panda population has declined about 50% in the past 20 years and as few as 2,500 adults may remain in the wild.

Red Panda Network’s educational and sustainable livelihood programs are empowering local communities in Nepal to protect their forests. Since it was launched in 2019, Red Panda Network’s “Plant a Red Panda Home” project has helped plant nearly 50,000 trees in habitat crucial for the survival of these one-of-a-kind creatures. The mission is to restore habitats to create “biological corridors“ that reconnect fragmented forests.

Protecting red pandas, means protecting the forests in which they live.

To learn more about red pandas and the work being done to protect them and their habitat, visit the Red Panda Network

International Red Panda Day 2019


To celebrate the 10th annual International Red Panda Day 2019 here is this year’s original red panda art. To learn more about the original panda, discovered nearly 50 years before the giant panda, you can listen to the Amazing Wildlife podcast episode:

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Caribou – The Reindeer


You know Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner and Blitzen, and of course you recall the most famous reindeer of all…but did you know reindeer are also known as caribou?!

Reindeer and caribou are the same species – Rangifer tarandus. Reindeer is the name used when referring to the animals in Europe and Asia as well as domesticated individuals, while caribou is the name used for wild populations in North America. (see image…)

Snowflake Moray Eel


It’s said that no two snowflakes are alike. They bring to mind the winter season, holiday cheer….and eels?

The Snowflake Moray Eel gets its common name from the white blotchy patterns along its body. These markings provide the eel camouflage among the rocky crevices and caves of the Indo-Pacific region where it is found. They grow to be about 24 inches (60 cm) long. (see image…)