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Bow Before Your King! The Emperor Penguin!

Hey there Defenders! Make sure to be on your best behavior because this Animal of the Week is royalty…it’s the Emperor Penguin! These beautiful birds are actually the heaviest and tallest of all penguin species alive today. Visually they are notable for their white bellies and contrasting black wings, back, and head. Emperor Penguins also…

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Big Head, No Tail – That’s the Guinea Pig Way!

Hey Defenders! Our newest Animal of the Week is definitely a fan favorite that most of you will already know…it’s the cute & cuddly Guinea Pig! Unlike their names, Guinea Pigs actually don’t come from Guinea or New Guinea, and they definitely are not pigs – another name for guinea pig is “Cavy”. These furry…

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Mysterious Creatures of the Deep Blue: The Sea Anemone!

The oceans of our planet are home to some wild and unique creatures…from all the various fish, to invertebrates and crustaceans, and even marine mammals, wildlife is extremely diverse under the sea. One unique animal that often gets mistaken for a plant is our current Animal of the Week – the Sea Anemone! While they…

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Teeny Tiny Wings – The Tale of the Bee Hummingbird!

Happy New Year and cheers to a wonderful 2019, Defenders! A new year brings us 52 new Animals of the Week, and to start it off we’ve got one of the smallest animals on the planet – the Bee Hummingbird. These hummingbirds are the smallest birds on the planet, often weighing less than 2 grams…

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The Cock Of The Plains!

Hey Defenders! This animal of the week is a heavy bodied ground bird that many defenders could easily mistake for a miniature turkey. The Greater Sage Grouse has big large breast muscles and tails that flare upwards on the back of the bird. These cute, little, round, ground feeders are in a special group of…

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Black Eyed Big Bear Cat

Even if you have been living under a rock for the past 100 years, you have probably still heard of our animal of the week! This chubby, loveable, white and black fuzz ball weighs in at an average 225lbs, and has become a huge conservation icon over the past couple of decades. It’s the Giant…

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Prairie Dogs: All Prairie, No Dog!

The Baked Potato of the Great Plains Well Defenders, the year is coming to an end and that means we are going to have an exciting new year, filled with brand new animals of the week and lots of new blogs!  That’s right everyone 52 new AOTWs!! I don’t know about you guys, but I…

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Take a good look at the Bare Eyed Cockatoo!

The Blood Stained Bird of Australia I was really excited to write this animal of the week blog on the Bare Eyed Cockatoo, because these beautiful species are some that we maintain here in the Critter Squad Wildlife Defenders! zoo. When you are in the bird facility, the most minor interactions with the Bare Eyed…

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Oh My, Oh My…let’s talk about Meyer’s Parrot!

Our latest animal of the week is one of our feathered friends…it’s the Meyer’s Parrot! The name “Meyer’s Parrot” comes from the German ornithologist Bernhard Meyer. They are also known as the “brown parrot” due to the majority of their plumage, however these birds do have a nice splash of color with yellows, blues, and…

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Breakfast of Champions!

Hello Defenders! Who’s hungry? Well get out your syrup and butter, because our newest Animal of the Week is a real fluffy treat…well, at least its name is. That’s right, it’s the Pancake Tortoise, and they are some of the coolest members of the Testudines order – the family of turtles, tortoises, and terrapins! Pancake…

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