There are 152 different animals that begin with the letter ‘A’ from aardvark to aye-aye. The most popular animal in this category is the Arctic Fox, and the least popular is the African Elephant. They come in all shapes and sizes, and from all corners of the world.
Aquatic marvels like the Amazon Dolphin change colors as they age. Mighty pachyderms like the Asian elephant have over 1,000 muscles in their trunk. And zoom in on smaller creatures like the apple moth which bores into leaves and fruit.
Aardvarks are classified as a pig-like mammals which live in Africa. They sleep underground to protect them from the sun and during the day, when it’s cooler, they search for food in open areas. Read Less
Aardwolves play a positive role in the ecosystem by limiting termites throughout their natural range. The aardwolf is the lesser-known cousin of the striped and spotted hyenas, which are often more visible to people. Because it is shy, elusive, and nocturnal, very few people have ever personally encountered this animal.
Perhaps too much emphasis is given to uncertain origin of the Abyssinian cat. What truly matters is that this friendly, intelligent, curious, and companionable animal is here among us today. A lover of high places and eternally interested in watching what you’re doing, the Abyssinian’s exquisite list of traits includes a […]
5 Achrioptera manga is a species of phasmid, also known as “stick insects.” This species is only found in a specific forest in northern Madagascar, making them one of the rarest stick insects for sale. The males of this species feature a bright blue color that makes them very distinguishable.
You can learn a lot about animals by taking an online animal course. With Online Animal Care, you can learn about the critically endangered African white-bellied antelope or screwhorn, also called the white antelope in Africa. This beautiful animal once ranged over large areas of the Sahara Desert. Now it is on the edge of extinction due to poaching, climate change, overhunting and habitat destruction. But with efforts on return its wild population to healthy numbers are in effect today. Read more at Online Animal Care
The Adelie Penguin is named after Queen Adelaide, the Queen Consort of William IV (1818-1894), as well as for the French explorer Jules Dumont d’Urville (1790-1842). It is considered to be the smallest and most widespread species in Antarctica. And it is one of only two species living on the Antarctic mainland (the other being the much larger Emperor Penguin).
One of the longest snakes in Europe is the Aesculapian snake. It might look intimidating, but this non-venomous species is actually pretty harmless. The old adage that it’s more afraid of you than you are afraid of it turns out to be very true for this particular serpent.
The history of the Affenpinscher is just as amusing as the physical aspects of it! This fearless yet small dog from the Toy group pack can feel like a Great Dane in its mind. The original purpose for this breed was to hunt rats and mice, so these dogs are brimming with confidence and ready to take on any task.
For centuries, Afghan Hounds have been called the oldest dog breed in the world. Though they are now found in several rescue shelters around the world, their lineage date back thousands of years ago by people from Afghanistan, North India, and Pakistan. The pedigree database goes back to those ancient times and is available to research by anyone who wants to do so.
The bullfrog is the largest frog in sub-Saharan Africa. The African bullfrog is one of the largest frogs on earth. Only the Goliath frog is bigger, but this frog lives mostly in the central part of sub-Saharan Africa. It is known for being a voracious eater and will eat anything that it can tackle.
African Bush Elephant
The African Bush Elephant is a large animal that is native to the African continent. The Elephant has been around for so long that scientists believe it was first found about six million years ago, during the Pliocene era. However, only one species of Elephant exists today: Elephants are named after their uniquely long tusks.
The African Civet is a large species of Civet found across Sub-Saharan Africa. It’s the last remaining member of its genetic group and is deemed as the largest Civet-like animal on the African continent. Despite their cat-like appearance and behaviors, African Civets are not felines and are more closely related to raccoons, kinkajous, and coatis (a genus of monkey). Read More
African Clawed Frog
African Clawed Frog Classification and Evolution The African Clawed Frog is a large species of flat Frog that is primarily found dwelling at the bottom of lakes and rivers. The African Fangded Frog is also known as the Platanna and has a number of very unique features that mean it is specially adapted to its […] Read More
African Fish Eagle
One of Africa’s national bird, the African fish eagle also goes by “the voice of Africa.” This huge bird inhabits areas near bodies of water and has plenty of food to support its large body. Its reach is wide across the continent with it being the national bird of many countries in sub-Saharan and North Africa.
African Forest Elephant
African Bush Elephants are one of two Elephant species on the African continent. Until recently, scientists thought they were the same species. But further study revealed enough variation to warrant subspecies status. African Forest Elephant classification is slightly smaller than African Bush Elephants, but they’re still one of the few elephants in Africa.
African Golden Cat
In 2002, the first image of an African golden cat was captured in the wild. The African Golden Cat is an elusive animal and one that’s been declining because of their shrinking habitat, which is caused by commercial farming. Its status on the IUCN Red List declares it as Vulnerable, even though conservation efforts are still ongoing.
African Grey Parrot
“The African grey parrot is the largest parrot in Africa.” Of all the talking birds, the African grey parrot is one of the most amazing. Its intelligence is so high that it not only talks but understands voices and other sounds as well. Unfortunately, this parrot is in such demand as a pet that […] Read More
This African jacana is one of our planet’s most interesting and unique birds. Learn all about its fascinating parenting tactics, unusual call, enormous feet and where you can find it.