Young Orang-Utan (Pongo pygmaeus). Gunung Leuser National Park, Indonesia

20 stunning close encounters with animals

Young Orang-Utan (Pongo pygmaeus) at Gunung Leuser National Park, Indonesia

Piebald Squirrel. What a little beauty. A friend of Sugar Bush Squirrel? Annabelle will have to ask...

Spotted and Piebald Animals.

Picture of the Day: Rare White Reindeer Spotted in Mala, Sweden. I had a white buck on my property in central NY. Magnificent animal. He hung out on our land because of a natural spring fed waterfall. Every year we had to post our land to keep the darn hunters away whose goal was to bag him.

white albino reindeer sweden Picture of the Day: Rare White Reindeer Spotted in Mala, Sweden

Meet Omo, the rare white giraffe spotted in Tanzania

Rare White Giraffe Is Spotted in Tanzania

Common Spotted Cuscus

Meet the charismatic creatures hand-reared as pets (but who are eaten or used as hats once they die)

Common spotted cuscus (Spilocuscus maculatus) is a marsupial that lives in the Cape York region of Australia, New Guinea, and nearby smaller islands.

Wow.. Blue Tree Monitors have the lone tails of any species I know of. ♡

Blue-Spotted Tree Monitor (Varanus macraei)or Blue tree monitor, is found on island of Batanta,Indonesia

I think Hyenas are beautiful in a very dangerous, rugged kind of way.   They're also fascinating. Hyenas are led by their females (who are nearly twice as large as the males) and they travel in family packs (much like wolves).

I think spotted Hyenas are beautiful in a very dangerous, rugged kind of way. They're also fascinating. Hyenas are led by their females (who are nearly twice as large as the males) and they travel in family packs (much like wolves).

Sierra Nevada Red Fox. There are only about 50 of these rare mountain foxes left in California and Oregon. Livestock grazing, logging, and other activities have altered the forest, mountain meadow, and shrub land habitats the fox calls home. Trapping and poisoning have also slashed the animal’s numbers. As with the Alexander Archipelago wolf, the federal government is supposed to decide in 2015 whether to protect the Sierra Nevada red fox under the Endangered Species Act.

There are only about 50 of these rare mountain foxes left in California and Oregon. Livestock grazing, logging, and other activities have altered the forest, mountain meadow, and shrub land habitats the fox calls home.

The Striped Hyena. This small hyena species roams the lands of North and East Africa, the Middle East and the Indian subcontinent. Though a nocturnal scavenger by trade, the Striped Hyena has been known to hunt small prey. Today, fewer than 10,000 Striped Hyenas exist, placing  them in the ‘threatened’ category.

Striped Hyena (Hyaena hyaena): though dog-like in appearance & some behavior, hyena are not canids. They are in the feliforma family & are related to civets & cats. The striped hyena is probably the most attractive of the 4 species of hyena

Uniformed keeper with spotted animal [quolls], Taronga Zoo, c. 1916, by Sam Hood Wales collection, via Flickr

Uniformed keeper with spotted animals ( quolls) at Taronga Zoo. c 1916 Photograph by Sam Hood Wales collection

The Cuban solenodon (Solenodon cunbanus) is an endangered mammal is native to southeastern Cuba. A living fossil, the venomous shrew-like animal produces poisonous saliva that it injects into prey through its teeth. Largely wiped out by hunters and predators in the 19th century, the solenodon was …

The Cuban solenodon (Solenodon cunbanus) is an endangered mammal is native to southeastern Cuba. A living fossil, the venomous shrew-like animal produces poisonous saliva that it injects into prey through its teeth.

Hyena in Kgalagadi, Botswana

A hyena walking in the Mata Mata area of the Kgalagadi Transfontier Park, South Africa. By Mario Moreno on

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