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The more than 200 animals that call ZooAmerica® home are native to five regions of the North American continent – from the dry deserts of the southwestern United States and Mexico to the expansive forests and tundra of Alaska and Canada. Learn more about these regions and the amazing diversity of North American wildlife and vegetation native to them below.

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American Alligator

American Alligator

Though often confused with various crocodile species, the American alligator can be distinguished by its rounded...

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American Marten

American Marten

Martens are very curious and actively investigate every crevice, log, or stump in search of food. They are active...

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Gray Wolf

Gray Wolf

Hunting in packs helps wolves to successfully hunt larger prey, like deer, moose, and caribou. When they are...

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Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle

The bald eagle, our national symbol, is truly an all-American bird, the only eagle unique to North America. The...

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Black Bear

Black Bear

Compared to the mother's weight of 125-300 pounds, a newborn cub is quite small. At birth, black bear cubs are the...

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American Elk

American Elk

The elk is the second largest member of the deer family only a moose is bigger. A mature bull weighs 600-1,000...

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Alligator Snapping Turtle

Alligator Snapping Turtle

Alligator snapping turtles are the largest freshwater turtles in North America and among the largest in the world....

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Arizona Kingsnake

Arizona Mountain Kingsnake

Arizona mountain kingsnakes spend the majority of their time hidden under rocks or in rock fissures. He may...

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Bobcat

Bobcat

The bobcat has the wildest distribution of the seven cat species found in North America, and adapt well to such...

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Mountain Lion

Mountain Lion

A mountain lion is a cat of many names and is also known as a cougar, puma, catamount, painter, or wildcat. This...

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Ocelot

Ocelot

Unlike many cats, they do not avoid water and can swim well. They average 50" in length, from the tip of the tail...

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River Otter

River Otter

River otters are built for swimming. With streamlined body, webbed feet, and a long tapered tail, the otter is...

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Black-tailed Prairie Dog

Black-tailed Prairie Dog

Named for their dog-like yips and barks, prairie dogs are actually rather large, stout, ground-dwelling rodents,...

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Canada Lynx

Canada Lynx

Well-adapted for life in a cold climate, lynx have large paws which spread widely and are covered in long, dense...

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Black-footed Ferrets

Black-footed Ferrets

The black-footed ferret is considered to be one of the most endangered mammals in the world. Approximately 1,000...

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Pronghorn

Pronghorn

The pronghorn is the fastest land animal in North America, as well as in the Western Hemisphere - second only to...

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Coati

Coati

Coatis often travel in groups of a dozen or more individuals. Groups consist of mothers and young males and...

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Snowy Owl

Snowy Owl

Snowy owls like treeless places and wide-open spaces. Because they often sit right on the ground to hunt, they...

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Porcupine

Porcupine

Porcupines cannot "shoot" their quills. When threatened, a porcupine turns its back, tucks its head, chatters its...

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Barred Owl

Barred Owl

Often called a "hoot owl," a barred owl can be identified by its characteristic hoo-hoo-to-hoo,...

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Corn Snake

Corn Snake

The name corn snake is a holdover from the days when southern farmers stored harvested ears of corn in a wood...

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Barn Owl

Barn Owl

The heart-shaped facial disk on the face of a barn owl acts like a parabolic or radar dish that helps to direct...

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Eastern Wild Turkey

Eastern Wild Turkey

At night, turkeys fly up into trees to roost in groups. In early spring, males gather in clearings to perform...

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Florida Gar

Florida Gar

Florida gar can reach a length of 30 inches when full-grown. They use an airbladder to breathe air in low-oxygen...

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White-tailed Deer

White-tailed Deer

Deer antlers are among the fastest growing tissues in the animal kingdom, growing as much as an inch per day...

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Turkey Vulture

Turkey Vulture

Turkey vultures are one of the few birds that use their sense of smell to locate food. This is helpful since they...

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Road Runner

Roadrunner

Although able to fly, a roadrunner usually depends on its swift running style to capture prey and to escape from...

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Desert-king snake

Desert Kingsnake

Kingsnakes are ground-dwelling snakes that use constriction to kill their food. They often eat other snakes, even...

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Black-billed Magpie

Black-billed Magpie

Part of the same family of birds as crows and ravens, magpies are very vocal birds. Our magpie occasionally talks...

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Blue-spiny lizard

Blue Spiny Lizard

Blue spiny lizards are the largest of the spiny lizards. Males have a blue-green sheen to the back, a blue chin...

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Eastern Screech Owl

Eastern Screech Owl

They can be grey, red, or an almost equal mix of the two, referred to as a brown phase. With reds making up only...

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Gila Monster

Gila Monster

Gila monsters are one of only two venomous lizards in the world. Venom is produced from glands in the lower jaw....

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Gopher Snake

Gopher Snake

When threatened, a gopher snake will rise to a striking position, flatten its head into a triangular shape, hiss...

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Common Vampire Bat

Common Vampire Bat

This flying mammal uses its exceptional hearing, eyesight, agility and sense of smell to safely locate suitable...

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Spotted Skunk

Spotted Skunk

When threatened, a spotted skunk can do a handstand which exaggerates the size of the small skunk and shows off...

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Western Diamondback Rattlesnake

Western Diamondback Rattlesnake

The western diamondback rattlesnake is the largest rattlesnake in the western United States, and some reach up to...

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Ringtail

Ringtail

The ringtail is a skilled and agile climber. It is capable of ascending and descending vertical canyon walls,...

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Cottonmouth

Cottonmouth

The cottonmouth is also known as a water moccasin. Although venomous, the cottonmouth is not a rattlesnake. This...

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Long-eared Owl

Long-eared Owl

The tufts on top of the owl's head are not ears or horns. Instead, they are just feathers that help to better...

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Burrowing Owl

Burrowing Owl

As its name implies, this small long-legged owl uses abandoned prairie dog, tortoise, or rodent burrows for...

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Red-tailed hawk

Red-tailed Hawk

You've probably heard the call of a red-tailed hawk. Whenever you see a hawk or eagle on television or in a movie,...

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Mexican Bearded Lizard

Mexican Beaded Lizard

Mexican beaded lizards and Gila monsters are the only venomous lizards in the entire world and share many...

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Sidewinder rattlesnake

Sidewinder Rattlesnake

The pale-colored and well-camouflaged sidewinder moves through loose sand with a sidewise motion, accomplished by...

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Peregrine Falcon

Peregrine Falcon

Falcons can dive on prey at upwards of 200 mph, making them one of the fastest species in the world. When flying...

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Desert Tortoise

Desert Tortoise

A desert tortoise spends 95 percent of its life in a burrow. A tortoise uses multiple burrows, but a different one...

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Great Horned Owl

Great Horned Owl

The great horned owl is an opportunistic predator, hunting everything from insects to birds as large as crows,...

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Nine-banded Armadillo

Nine-banded Armadillo

The armadillo's twelve to seventeen pound body requires a lot of food, so the time spent above ground is occupied...

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Roseatte Spoonbill

Roseate Spoonbill

Although pink, they are not flamingos. Like the flamingo, the roseate spoonbill's pink color comes from the food...

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Gamber's Quail

Gambel's Quail

Gambel's quail are social birds that live in groups called "coveys." A covey usually includes 10 to 30 birds which...

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Pygmy Rattlesnake

Dusky Pygmy Rattlesnake

These venomous snakes have a small, delicate rattle that sounds like a buzzing insect. A small rattlesnake, the...

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Gopher Tortoise

Gopher Tortoise

Over 250 species of vertebrate and invertebrate animals have been known to use tortoise burrows, whether active or...

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Sandhill Crane

Sandhill Crane

Sandhill Cranes are the most abundant of the world's cranes, and are known for their loud, rolling, trumpeting...

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Thick-billed parrot

Thick-billed Parrot

The thick-billed parrot is one of only two parrot species whose natural range once included the United States....

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Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake

Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake

This is the largest venomous snake in North America and may reach 8 feet in length. Rattlesnakes add a new rattle...

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Desert-box Turtle

Desert Box Turtle

Desert box turtles prefer loose soil for digging shallow burrows to avoid temperature extremes. They are often...

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Rosy boa

Rosy Boa

The rosy boa is truly a member of the Boa family, however it doesnt reach the length of its cousins. It rarely...

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Chuckwalla

Chuckwalla

Reaching nearly sixteen inches in total length, the chuckwalla is one of the largest lizard species found in the...

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