The Giant Otter

Perfectly adapted to an amphibious lifestyle, the giant otter (Pteronura brasiliensis) is the longest member of the Mustelidae (weasel) family, reaching nearly 6 feet from head to tail. Once widespread across South America, the giant otter's distribution is becoming increasingly fragmented and they are therefore endangered. Found around freshwater rivers and streams, like the Amazon … Continue reading The Giant Otter

The Malayan Tapir

The largest species of tapir, and the most uniquely-coloured, the Malayan tapir (Tapirus indicus) is an endangered odd-toed ungulate found in Southeast Asia. Tapirs are unusual creatures. Superficially appearing like pigs, tapirs actually belong to an ancient lineage including rhinos and horses. The Malayan tapir's striking, two-toned coloration allows this large mammal to camouflage within … Continue reading The Malayan Tapir

The Green Sea Turtle

Extremely sensitive to changes in temperature, the green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas) is one of the thousands of species which faces extinction due to climate change. This endangered reptile has a vast range, inhabiting tropical and subtropical seas all around our planet. These turtles spend most of their time in seagrass beds, salt marshes and coral … Continue reading The Green Sea Turtle

The Red Panda

The red panda (Ailurus fulgens) is an arboreal, solitary mammal native to the high-altitude, temperate forests of the eastern Himalayas and southwestern China. The red panda's unique appearance has caused some confusion among zoologists. Up until recently, some zoologists classified the red panda with the raccoons (Procyonidae), whilst others placed it in the bear family … Continue reading The Red Panda

The Pig-Nosed Turtle

As you can probably imagine from their name, the pig-nosed turtle (Carettochelys insculpta) is quite an unusual looking reptile. To some, they may appear a little disturbing, but I actually find them rather adorable. Their odd features are surprisingly phenomenal adaptations to their aquatic habitat, and should be admired rather than mocked. The pig-nosed turtle … Continue reading The Pig-Nosed Turtle