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Dingo (Canis lupus dingo)
Order: Carnivora, Family: Canidae
Native: Oriental; Introduced: Australian: Canus lupis dingo is common throughout Australia and in scattered groups across Southeast Asia. The primary wild populations are found in Australia and Thailand, though groups have been located in Myanmar, Southeast China, Laos, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Borneo, the Philippines and New Guinea.
Rate:  (2.7)
Location: Foxes & Wolves
Black Backed Jackal (Canis mesomelas)
Order: Carnivora, Family: Canidae
The main characteristic of the black-backed jackal, which gives it its name, is the black hair running from the back of the neck to the tail. The chest is white, and the underparts are white to rusty white, whereas the rest of the body ranges from reddish brown to ginger in appearance. Adults stand about 38 cm (15 inches) at the shoulder and are nearly 1 meter (3 feet) long in length. The head is dog-like, with a pointed muzzle and high, pointed ears. The winter coats of male adults develop reddish to an almost deep russet red color. Females tend to be less richly colored.
Rate:  (2.5)
Location: Foxes & Wolves
Gray Wolf (Canis lupus)
Order: Carnivora, Family: Canidae
Resembling a German shepherd dog, the wolf measures 4 1/2 to 6 feet long, including its tail. It stands 26 to 34 inches at the shoulder, and weighs 70 to 110 pounds. Females are generally five to 10 pounds lighter than males. Its coloring ranges from white to black with combinations of gold, tan, brown and rust (a single litter can contain many colors). The wolf's canine teeth may be 2 inches long. The species of gray wolf common today has existed for over 100,000 years.
Rate:  (4.1)
Location: Foxes & Wolves
Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes)
Order: Carnivora, Family: Canidae
Coloration of red foxes ranges from pale yellowish red to deep reddish brown on the upper parts and white or ashy on the underside. The lower part of the legs is usually black, and the tail usually has a white or black tip. Two color variants commonly occur. The cross fox has reddish-brown fur and a black stripe down its back and another across its shoulders. The silver fox ranges from strong silver to nearly black and is the most prized by furriers. Red foxes, like many other canids, have tail glands, which are located above the root of the tail on its upper surface and lie within the derm...
Rate:  (4.5)
Location: Foxes & Wolves
Fennec Fox (Vulpes zerda)
Canidae (Dogs and Relatives)
The fennec fox, smallest of all canids, is well adapted to desert life: Its body is small; its hair is light-colored to reduce heat absorption; and its large ears are highly vascularized to facilitate cooling. Also, its feet have hairy soles for traction and heat protection in sand, and it can sustain long periods without drinking. These foxes dig multichambered dens in the sand and rest there during the day, shielded from the sun. At night they venture forth to hunt insects and small vertebrates. Once they locate their prey, they dig in the sand at high speed to catch it. Fenn...
Rate:  (4.7)
Location: Foxes & Wolves
Arctic Fox (Alopex lagopus)
A shortened snout and tiny round ears (smallest among foxes) help the arctic fox reduce heat loss, hair on the soles of its feet insulate against the cold ground, and a very thick winter fur keeps it so warm that it doesn't begin to shiver until the temperature drops to about minus ninety degrees Fahrenheit (-70C). This fox is the only canid with a coat that changes color seasonally; its winter coat is white and its summer coat is blue-gray or gray-brown. A nocturnal burrower, the arctic fox is occasionally seen by day hunting small mammals. Its diet also includes birds and th...
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Location: Foxes & Wolves
Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis)
Order: Pelecaniformes, Family: Pelecanidae
The brown pelican is the Louisiana state bird. Brown pelicans are dark and bulky, weighing from 6 to 9 pounds and measuring 4 to 4.5 feet long. The sexes have similar plumage. Their heads are white with a bit of pale yellow on the crown. They have long, gray bills, and their backs, rumps and tails are streaked with gray and dark brown. Their underside is blackish brown, and their legs and feet are black. Their eyes are pale yellow. Young pelicans have brownish-gray necks and white underparts.
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Location: Birds & Bats


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