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  • This Squirrel Just Stopped and Posed!

    Animal Photo With TriviaThis Squirrel Just Stopped and Posed!

    In the 1870s, squirrels were intentionally brought to cities and to places like Central Park in Manhattan in order to create “a bucolic atmosphere that was entertaining, enlightening, and salubrious.”

    Battery Park City, Manhattan

  • Gray Catbird

    Animal Photo With TriviaGray Catbird

    Gray catbird got its name from its cat-like meowing tones and mimics vocalization of other birds, tree frogs and various mechanical sounds. It is able to produce up to 100 different sounds.

    Queens Zoo, Queens

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  • Mostly Monogamous Birds

    Animal Photo With TriviaMostly Monogamous Birds

    Trumpeter Swans form pair bonds when they are three or four years old. Trumpeters are assumed to mate for life, but some individuals do switch mates over their lifetimes. Some males that lost their mates did not mate again.

    Queens Zoo, Queens

  • Most Common Cranes but Possibly the Oldest Bird

    Animal Photo With TriviaMost Common Cranes but Possibly the Oldest Bird

    Sandhill cranes are one of the most common cranes in North America. The oldest sandhill crane fossil is 2.5 million years old, older by half than the earliest remains of most living species of birds.

    Queens Zoo, Queens

  • World's Smallest Deer

    Animal Photo With TriviaWorld's Smallest Deer

    Southern Pudus are active both day and night, live solitary or pair-wise and occupy home ranges varying from 16-26 ha.

    Queens Zoo, Queens

  • Quinn, 7-month-old Doberman

    Animal Photo With TriviaQuinn, 7-month-old Doberman

    Doberman Pinschers are popular guard dogs. The purebreds will only be of the colors: Black, blue, red and fawn.

    Hell's Kitchen - Midtown West, Manhattan

  • Cool! He's a Collie!

    Animal Photo With TriviaCool! He's a Collie!

    Meet Bishop, our first Collie in this blog.  He is 11 years old.

    A dog breed made famous by Lassie, Collies are intelligent and love being being around people. 

    Central Park West Side, Manhattan

  • Golden Retrievers in NYC

    Animal Photo With TriviaGolden Retrievers in NYC

    Golden Retrievers are often used on search and rescue teams because of their keen sense of smell and tracking abilities.

    Flat Iron District, Manhattan

  • Samoyed Are One Of The Oldest Dog Breeds

    Animal Photo With TriviaSamoyed Are One Of The Oldest Dog Breeds

    Scientific testing have proven that Samoyeds are the oldest and genetically closest to wolves. They are thousands of years old and come from the spitz breed that originated in Asia.

    Central Park West Side, Manhattan

  • Crash Into Rhinos

    Animal Photo With TriviaCrash Into Rhinos

    A group of rhinos is called a crash. They are the second largest land mammal (after the elephant), and have thick, protective skin. Their horns are made from a protein called keratin, the same substance that fingernails and hair are made of.

    Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago, IL

  • Isn't This A British Pudding?

    Animal Photo With TriviaIsn't This A British Pudding?

    The Spotted Dikkop has long legs and a brown-and-white speckled coat and can reach up to 18 inches in height.  Its camouflage colors make it difficult to spot in the grasslands where it lives.

    Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago, IL

  • A Kangaroo Or A Short-eared Rabbit?

    Animal Photo With TriviaA Kangaroo Or A Short-eared Rabbit?

    The Patagonian Cavy may have hind legs akin to a kangaroo but it is closely related to a guinea pig. It is one of the few rodents that mate for life, pairs will travel everywhere together with the female in the lead and the male watching out for danger.

    Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago, IL

  • Though Shall Not Mess With My Golden Mane

    Animal Photo With TriviaThough Shall Not Mess With My Golden Mane

    Golden-headed Lion Tamarins are small primates named for their bright-gold mane surrounding their head. They spend most all of thier time in the trees, where they feed primarily on fruit and insects.

    Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago, IL

  • Dwarf Crocodile

    Animal Photo With TriviaDwarf Crocodile

    The West African dwarf crocodile male can grow an average from 5 to 6 feet.  That is less than half the size of a saltwater crocodile which is 17 feet.

    Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago, IL

  • Blue-tailed Monitor

    Animal Photo With TriviaBlue-tailed Monitor

    Blue Tailed Monitors will grow to between four and five feet. . They are usually black with yellow spots forming a banded or irregular pattern on the top surface of the body.

    Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago, IL

  • A Black-necked Bird On Stilts

    Animal Photo With TriviaA Black-necked Bird On Stilts

    The black-necked stilts use their long, thin legs for wading in shallow waters while foraging for food. They use their partially webbed toes to help them swim in deeper water to search for marine invertebrates and insects.

    Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago, IL

  • Meller's Chameleon

    Animal Photo With TriviaMeller's Chameleon

    Meller's Chameleon is one of the largest chameleon species and can grow up to two feet. They have independent moving eyes to easily spot insect prey.

    Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago, IL

  • Unique Zebra Stripes

    Animal Photo With TriviaUnique Zebra Stripes

    Each zebra's stripes are as unique as fingerprints - no two are exactly alike.

    Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago, IL

  • Female Jambu Fruit Dove

    Animal Photo With TriviaFemale Jambu Fruit Dove

    A female jambu fruit dove has a light purple face and green chest.

    Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago, IL

  • Male Jambu Fruit Dove

    Animal Photo With TriviaMale Jambu Fruit Dove

    A male jambu fruit dove has a crimson face and white chest displaying a pink patch near the throat

    Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago, IL

  • Chillin' Chimp

    Animal Photo With TriviaChillin' Chimp

    Chimpanzees are one of our closest living relatives, because we share 95 to 98 percent of the same DNA!

    Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago, IL

  • Black Tree Monitor

    Animal Photo With TriviaBlack Tree Monitor

    A black tree monitor has a long prehensive tail to help balance in the trees.

    Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago, IL

  • You Can't Ride This Jaguar

    Animal Photo With TriviaYou Can't Ride This Jaguar

    The largest cat in the Americas, jaguars are solitary animals that live and hunt alone, except during mating season.

    Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago, IL

  • How About A Buddy Budgie (Parakeet)?

    Animal Photo With TriviaHow About A Buddy Budgie (Parakeet)?

    Union Square, Manhattan

    How About A Buddy Budgie (Parakeet)?

    The Australian budgerigar, also known as "budgie" or English parakeet is probably the most common parakeet. Budgies are such wonderful birds that it seems every bird enthusiast has owned at le [more...]

  • Gerbils Thump Too!

    Animal Photo With TriviaGerbils Thump Too!

    Union Square, Manhattan

    Gerbils Thump Too!

    Gerbils are very intelligent, entertaining animals that love to play. They are active both during the day and at night. They are very social and dependent on other gerbils to feel [more...]

  • I'll Eat My Own Kind

    Animal Photo With TriviaI'll Eat My Own Kind

    Kingsnakes will feed on just about anything. They will consume warm-blooded prey such as rodents and birds, as well as cold-blooded prey such as lizards and frogs (in addition to other snakes).

    Union Square, Manhattan

  • Beautiful Danger

    Animal Photo With TriviaBeautiful Danger

    Pterois or more commonly known as lionfish is strikingly beautiful with its flowing fins and colors - an array of up to 18 needle-like dorsal fins deliver a venom that can sting its prey.

    Union Square, Manhattan

  • Canary In A Coal Mine

    Animal Photo With TriviaCanary In A Coal Mine

    Early coal mines did not feature ventilation systems, so miners would bring a caged yellow canary into new coal seams. Canaries are especially sensitive to methane and carbon monoxide, which made them ideal for detecting any dangerous gas build-ups. As long as the bird kept singing, the miners knew their air supply was safe. A dead canary signaled an immediate evacuation.

    Union Square, Manhattan

  • Not Your Car Insurance Leopard Gecko

    Animal Photo With TriviaNot Your Car Insurance Leopard Gecko

    Union Square, Manhattan

    Not Your Car Insurance Leopard Gecko

    Leopard Geckos are one of the most popular lizard pets. They are hardy, easy to maintain, require little space, and have long life spans which make them a perfect companion fo [more...]

  • Rhodesian Ridgeback

    Animal Photo With TriviaRhodesian Ridgeback

    The Rhodesian Ridgeback is a large, muscular hound. Rhodesian ridgebacks are loyal, intelligent, and somewhat aloof to strangers.

    Union Square, Manhattan

  • Green Anole Lizard

    Animal Photo With TriviaGreen Anole Lizard

    The green anole makes a good beginner reptile. While predominantly known to be green, anoles will often change to brown hues depending on their mood and temperature rather than to camouflage with their surroundings.

    Union Square, Manhattan

  • Yellow Tang

    Animal Photo With TriviaYellow Tang

    The yellow tang is a standard fish for salt-water aquariums. It is hardy, fairly resistant to disease, and in general a good citizen for either a fish-only or reef aquarium.

    Union Square, Manhattan

    Yellow Tang

    Tangs are also called surgeon fish due to the scalpel-like spine at the base of its tail. The territorial tang will swipe its tail at a target as a means of defense. It is a radiant canary yel [more...]

  • Tallula Is Freezing

    Animal Photo With TriviaTallula Is Freezing

    Poodles shed very little of their fur and tend to be odorless. So if you have a sensitive nose, you might want to consider this dog.

    Central Park West Side, Manhattan

  • The Three Little Guinea Pigs

    Animal Photo With TriviaThe Three Little Guinea Pigs

    Guinea pigs are vegetarians and love hay and fresh vegetables.

    Clinton - Midtown West, Manhattan

  • Feed The Squirrel Instead

    Animal Photo With TriviaFeed The Squirrel Instead

    A man was trying to hand-feed the seagulls and pigeons at Battery Park, but none of them came to take the seed in his hand.  Then he saw a squirrel who was watching him. He gave the seed to the squirrel instead.

    Squirrels are trusting animals, and are one of the few wild animals that will eat out of a person’s hand.

    Battery Park City, Manhattan

  • A Seagull in Battery Park

    Animal Photo With TriviaA Seagull in Battery Park

    Seagulls have special glands which eliminate excess salt from the body. That is why they are one of the rare animals that can drink salt water.

    Financial District, Manhattan

  • Cobi is a Schnauzer

    Animal Photo With TriviaCobi is a Schnauzer

    Schnauzer comes from the German word for "snout", because of the dog's distinctively bearded snout.

    Riverside Park, Upper West Side, Manhattan

  • London is a St. Bernard

    Animal Photo With TriviaLondon is a St. Bernard

    Saint Bernards have become famous through tales of alpine rescues, as well as for their enormous size.

    Central Park East Side, Manhattan

  • Guinea Pig Pyramid

    Animal Photo With TriviaGuinea Pig Pyramid

    This is what happens when you unconsciously test a new loud vacuum next to a guinea pig cage.

    They are very social animals and love the company of others, even humans

    Clinton - Midtown West, Manhattan

  • Strollers are not just for Human Babies!

    Animal Photo With TriviaStrollers are not just for Human Babies!

    What are you looking at? Do you think braces can fix my underbite?

    Some dog breeds accept or even consider it normal to have an underbite.

    Central Park West Side, Manhattan

  • Cat in a Glass Menagerie

    Animal Photo With TriviaCat in a Glass Menagerie

    This cat was in a diner that went out of business on my block. He was leisurely watching through the window.

    Cats have inferior daytime sight, but during the night they need seven times less light than humans to see.

    Clinton - Midtown West, Manhattan

  • Parrot Eating a Carrot!

    Animal Photo With TriviaParrot Eating a Carrot!

    A lady was with her pet parrot while walking around at Union Square Greenmarket.

    Parrots are believed to be one of the most intelligent bird species.

    Union Square, Manhattan

  • Turtles in the Turtle Pond of Central Park

    Animal Photo With TriviaTurtles in the Turtle Pond of Central Park

    Turtles are ancient shelled reptiles that have existed for 220 million years.

    Central Park West Side, Manhattan

  • Peacock at the Bronx Zoo

    Animal Photo With TriviaPeacock at the Bronx Zoo

    Did you know that the term "peacock" is actually a male peafowl and a female one is called peahen?

    The Bronx Zoo, The Bronx

  • Too Tired For This!

    Animal Photo With TriviaToo Tired For This!

    She yawned while getting her picture taken in Union Square. She must have had a long day.

    Union Square, Manhattan

  • A Snow Leopard, also not a Mac OS.

    Animal Photo With TriviaA Snow Leopard, also not a Mac OS.

    The snow leopard's very large and fully fur-covered paws act as snowshoes to keep them from sinking into the snow.

    The Bronx Zoo, The Bronx

  • Grizzly Bears @ The Bronx Zoo

    Animal Photo With TriviaGrizzly Bears @ The Bronx Zoo

    Grizzly bears have that "grizzled" look because of their brown fur, but their hairs on the shoulders and back have white tops.

    The Bronx Zoo, The Bronx

  • Penelope, The Playful Pitbull

    Animal Photo With TriviaPenelope, The Playful Pitbull

    When I was walking my friend's dog Penelope in Astoria Park, she stopped me by tugging on her leash. And then she laid her back on the pavement and started twitching. At first, it made me nervous because I thought there was something wrong with her. And then, I realized that she was just scratching her back. She stood up a couple of minutes later and looked relieved.

    Astoria, Queens

  • Even Polar Bears Need Sun.

    Animal Photo With TriviaEven Polar Bears Need Sun.

    Polar bears are the largest species of bears. Although their fur looks white, it is actually transparent.

    The Bronx Zoo, The Bronx

  • A Flamingo at the Bronx Zoo

    Animal Photo With TriviaA Flamingo at the Bronx Zoo

    The visible "knee" of the flamingo is actually ankle joint. True knee is close to the body and can't be seen because of the feathers.

    The Bronx Zoo, The Bronx

  • Seagulnoculars

    Animal Photo With TriviaSeagulnoculars

    This seagull is guarding this coin-op binoculars at the South Street Seaport Mall. Well, not really - but it makes an interesting caption.

    Financial District, Manhattan