Passenger Pigeon

The passenger pigeon or wild pigeon, scientifically known as Ectopistes migratorius, was a bird found in North America. The species is now extinct from the world. They were once the most compactly distributed birds inhabiting the east of Rocky Mountains. The flocks they made, might be the largest flock of the world, was a mile […]

Orangutan

The Orangutans, scientifically known as Pongo Pigmaeus, is the only exclusive Asian genus belonging to the great ape. There are two subspecies of Orangutans viz. Bornean and Sumatran. These apes were once found abundant in nature but the present distribution is a fragment of its original range. There were predominantly found in most parts of […]

Mountain Gorilla

The Mountain Gorilla, scientifically known as Gorilla beringei beringei, belongs to one of the two eastern gorilla subspecies. The other subspecies is the Eastern Lowland Gorilla (scientific name Gorilla beringei graueri). The mountain Gorillas are distributed as two set of populations. One population lies among the volcanoes of the Virunga Massif situated at the border […]

Monkey Eating Eagle

The Monkey eating eagle, scientifically known as Pithecophaga jefferyi, has got its name for its preference for eating monkeys, particularly macaques. It is otherwise known as the Philippine eagle. Belonging to the family Accipitridae (subfamily Circaetinae), this eagle is native to forests of Philippine. 1894 was the year when this eagle was first described to […]

Mediterranean Monk Seal

The Mediterranean monk seal, scientifically known as Monachus monachus, is a fin-footed mammal. Due to marine dwelling nature the limbs are modified into fins. It belongs to the family Phocidae. It is the second largest footed mammal next to the Saimaa ringed seal. The name so given to this seal is due to its habitat […]

Loggerhead Turtle

The Loggerhead turtle or simply Loggerhead, scientifically known as Caretta caretta, is a type of sea turtle distributed throughout the world. It belongs to the class Reptilia and family Cheloniidae. This species prefers living and spending time in saltwater; also in coral reefs, bays and estuaries in tropical and warm temperate waters. This turtle has […]

Leopard

The leopard, scientifically known as Panthera pardus, is the smallest species of the genus Panthera. It belongs to the Felidae family. The tiger, lion, and jaguar are the other members of the same genus and are bigger than the leopard. This big cat was once distributed across eastern and southern Asia and Africa, from Siberia […]

Leatherback Sea Turtle

The leatherback sea turtle, scientifically known as Dermochelys coriacea, is believed to be the largest of sea turtles alive and the largest living reptile. These turtles have existed in some form since 110 million years ago; when the first true sea turtles evolved during the Cretaceous period. After the three crocodilians, this turtle comes in […]

Komodo Dragon

The Komodo dragon, scientifically known as Varanus komodoensis, is one of the largest species of lizard found in some islands of Indonesia and Australia. These islands include Komodo, Rinca, Flores, Gili Motang and Gili Dasami. This lizard is also popular as the Komodo monitor. Studying the maps of ancient mariners, scientists concluded that the mariners […]

Kakapo

The Kakapo, scientifically known as Strigops habroptila, is a large, rotund parrot. Also known as the owl parrot, there are some specific set of characters which makes it unique among its relatives. As of now it is world’s only known flightless parrot. The name kakapo was given to this bird by the Maoris and the […]