Animals

Pandas

Brief Overview: The giant Panda, or Panda bear, is one of the most recognizable animals in the world. It also has a name that holds more than one meaning. In Nepalese, the word panda is “nigalya ponya” meaning “eater of bamboo”. In Chinese, the giant panda is referred to as the “large bear cat”. The …

Animals

Ostriches

Brief Overview: The Ostrich is the largest, and fastest, bird on land. Known in ancient Greek, as “Camel-Sparrow”. It is also the only living animal of its family known as Struthionidae. There are only two species of ostriches: The Common Ostrich and the Somali Ostrich. Species and Appearance: To tell them apart, female ostriches are …

Animals

Koalas

Brief Overview: The Koala, or otherwise known as, Koala bear, is a name that means “no water” from the language, Dharug gula. That is a language that belongs to the original natives of Australia, which is where the koala bear resides. The koala bear’s scientific name is known as, “phascolarctos cinereus” that means‘ash grey pouched …

Animals

Kangaroos

Brief Overview: The Kangaroo is a marsupial from the Macropodidae family. The kangaroo’s scientific name, macropod, means “large foot”. It is to be noted that the original natives of Australia, the Guugu Yimidhirr, were believed to call the animal “Gangaruu” which meant, “I don’t know” as first recorded by Captain James Cook when he first …

Animals

Raccoons

Brief Overview: The reptile Dendroaspis polylepis, otherwise known as the Black Mamba, is a snake that belongs to the family Elapidae which is a group of venomous snakes. The black mamba is known to be one of the world’s deadliest snakes and is the fastest snake in the world. It is also known as the …

Animals

Black Mambas

Brief Overview: The reptile Dendroaspis polylepis, otherwise known as the Black Mamba, is a snake that belongs to the family Elapidae which is a group of venomous snakes. The black mamba is known to be one of the world’s deadliest snakes and is the fastest snake in the world. It is also known as the …

Animals

Water Buffalos

Brief Overview: The Hyena is a special four-legged mammal that looks, and acts, like both a cat and dog. However, it does not belong to either canine (dog) or feline (cat) families. The hyena is part of its own unique family called Hyaenidae,which translates from Cebuano, a language in the Philippines. Species and Appearance: There …

Animals

Crocodiles

Brief Overview: The crocodile is the largest reptile in the world, and part of the Crocodilian family which includes, Alligators, Gharials, and Caimans. The oldest name for crocodile was from the ancient Greek word “Kroke drilos” that called crocodiles, “Gravel Worms”. Species and Appearance: There are 13 different species of crocodile in the world, the …

Animals

Hyenas

Brief Overview: The Hyena is a special four-legged mammal that looks, and acts, like both a cat and dog. However, it does not belong to either canine (dog) or feline (cat) families. The hyena is part of its own unique family called Hyaenidae,which translates from Cebuano, a language in the Philippines. Species and Appearance: There …

Animals

Dolphins

Brief Overview: Dolphins are part of the Delphinidae family and river dolphins are part of the Platanistidae family. The name “dolphin” comes from the Ancient Greek word “delphis” that means “fish with a womb”. Dolphins are believed to be one of the most intelligent creatures in the world compared to other animals. There are two …