Sea otters belong to the weasel family. They are found along the Pacific Ocean coastline in Asia and North America.
Most of their time is spent in the water. In some areas, it comes ashore to rest or sleep. Adaptations to the environment include webbed feet for swimming, water-repellent fur for keeping warm and dry. Their nostrils and ears close when in the water.
The giant panda is native to Central Asia. This charismatic bear symbolizes vulnerable species. Animal care staff at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute study the panda’s biology that includes disease, breeding, reproduction, and behavior to advance the effort to conserve them around the world.
In a zoo, the pandas choose to be outside or indoors depending on the weather and the time of day. Early arrival is suggested to avoid long lines and crowds.
Fennec foxes live in places in North Africa like the sandy Sahara. Nocturnal habits help deal with the desert heat. They have some other physical adaptations as well. They have batlike ears that radiate body heat and keep the foxes cool.
Their thick, long hair insulates them when the nights are cold and protects them from the hot sun during the day. The feet of a fennec fox are also hairy. They serve as both snowshoes and protection from the extremely scorching sand.
We can’t forget man’s best friend. From puppies to senior dogs, these animals can burrow deep into your heart.
The most important factor to take into consideration when adopting or buying a dog is your lifestyle.
Dog breeds have expected temperaments, characteristics, and exercise and care requirements. You want to choose a dog that is compatible with your lifestyle.