National Animals from Around the WorldJul 19, 2019 / Published by: Admin / World Interesting Facts
Planet Earth is truly a place of wondrous variety, and one of the things that sets Earth apart is the presence of life. As vast as our cosmos is, we have still found no conclusive evidence that life exists anywhere else in the universe! And life doesn’t just exist on our planet; it flourishes! The diversity of animals that walk on our land, swim in our waters, and fly through the air is truly stunning. Let’s take a quick look at some of the species chosen as National Animals for various countries around the world. Some you may know or could have guessed; others might surprise you:
The national animal of the United States is bald eagle, right? Wrong! The bald eagle is the national bird, but the national animal is actually the American bison (Bison bison), more commonly known as the American buffalo or simply buffalo. Bison once roamed North America in vast herds, but their numbers have since dwindled to Near Threatened conservation status.
If you guessed that the national animal of Australia is the kangaroo … you guessed right! More specifically it’s the red kangaroo (Macropus rufus), which is the largest of all kangaroos and is the largest terrestrial animal native to Australia. Red kangaroos are found distributed across most of mainland Australia.
You probably know that giraffes are native to eastern and southwestern Africa, but did you know that the giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis) is the national animal of Tanzania? The giraffe is the tallest living terrestrial animal, and is also the largest ruminant. (And if you didn’t know, a ruminant is an herbivore mammal that ferments its food in a specialized stomach prior to digestion.)
Want to learn more about National Animals From Around the World? Check out this infographic from Carport Direct which features 47 different national animals from across the globe!