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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 Dog: 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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A Symbol of Greatness – The Elegant Bald Eagle!

The family of raptors, also known as birds of prey, are some of the coolest animals on the planet…amazing senses, the ability of flight, and unique vocalizations are just a few of the traits this group are known for. So our current Animal of the Week is indeed a raptor, and one of the most…

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Hello there! It’s the Brown Bear!

Our next Animal of the Week is a pretty common one that most defenders should be aware of…maybe you’ve seen a version of this guy in the Jungle Book, or Yogi Bear….well you guessed it, it’s the Brown Bear! Bears are some pretty awesome animals – most are omnivores and eat a mixed diet of…

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The Classic Femme Fatale…or is it?!?

Get ready Defenders…our current Animal of the Week often gets a bad rap for being a MANEATING MURDERER!!! That’s right – it’s the ever elusive Black Widow! Known for their highly potent venom, and for killing their mates after reproducing, the real truth is most black widows aren’t as intense as the hype makes them…

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Towering tusks and trunks – The Asian Elephant!

Long magnificent trunks, beautiful ivory tusks, and those big ol’ flappy ears! That’s right Defenders, our newest Animal of the Week is none other than the Asian Elephant! Elephants are known as a “keystone species”, meaning they have a very large effect on their environment, with their impact changing the types of species and their…

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Get Low with the Eastern Lowland Gorilla!

King Kong’s got nothing on our newest Animal of the Week…it’s the Eastern Lowland Gorilla! Gorillas have always been a fan favorite animal, boasting many unique traits. They are highly intelligent, big and beautiful, and some of the strongest animals on the planet. What many people often leave out though, is that all gorilla species…

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