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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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Ocelot

Ocelot

Twice the size of an average house cat, the ocelot is a sleek animal with a gorgeous dappled coat. Shy and...

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Desert-king snake

Desert Kingsnake

A desert kingsnake is a nonvenomous snake that can grow to 48 inches in length. The kingsnake is immune to the...

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Black-footed Ferrets

Black-footed Ferrets

What happened to endanger the Black-footed Ferret? Black-footed ferrets are one of the most endangered mammals in...

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Arizona Kingsnake

Arizona Mountain Kingsnake

The Arizona Mountain Kingsnake is usually found in the higher elevations of the mountains. This snake inhabits...

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Coati

Coati

Another raccoon relative, coatis are not truly adapted to desert life. Coatis can survive only by staying close to...

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Western Diamondback Rattlesnake

Western Diamondback Rattlesnake

This is the largest of the western rattlesnakes. Due to its distinctive black and white tail bands, it is often...

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Ringtail

Ringtail

Ringtails are relatives of the raccoon and inhabit desert canyons, especially areas with rocky outcrops, caves and...

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Spotted Skunk

Spotted Skunk

When threatened, a spotted skunk first stomps its front feet, hisses, and performs a series of handstands. If the...

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Road Runner

Roadrunner

Roadrunners are long, slender birds with long expressive tails, shaggy crests and strong legs for running. These...

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Common Vampire Bat

Common Vampire Bat

This nocturnal, flying mammal feeds exclusively on the blood of other animals. To eat the blood, the vampire bat...

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Chuckwalla

Chuckwalla

Rocks provide a means of defense for the chuckwalla. When threatened, this flat-bodied lizard scurries into a...

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Thick-billed parrot

Thick-billed Parrot

Thick-billed parrots are social birds, and live together in flocks all year. Their loud calls can be heard over a...

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Nine-banded Armadillo

Nine-banded Armadillo

The bony armor-like plates covering a nine-banded armadillo are one of its most unique adaptations. The smooth...

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Great Horned Owl

Great Horned Owl

Using powerful feet and long sharp talons, a great horned owl preys upon a wide variety of animals. This hunter...

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Burrowing Owl

Burrowing Owl

Unlike most owls, burrowing owls are active during the day. As their name implies, these small owls nest in...

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Gila Monster

Gila Monster

Of the 3,000 lizard species in the world, only the gila monster and the Mexican beaded lizard are venomous, and...

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Mexican Bearded Lizard

Mexican Beaded Lizard

The horrible one! These lizards are venomous! When threatened, beaded lizards hiss and open their mouths, giving...

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Sidewinder rattlesnake

Sidewinder Rattlesnake

The venomous sidewinder is nicknamed the horned rattler for the upturned scales over each eye. These hornlike...

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Gamber's Quail

Gambel's Quail

Gambel's quail are ground dwellers, but have an advantage over other inhabitants of the desert floor, for they can...

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Desert-box Turtle

Desert Box Turtle

In the cool of the morning, a desert box turtle basks in the sun and begins looking for food. Although it eats...

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Rosy boa

Rosy Boa

The rosy boa is one of the smallest members of the boa family, and rarely exceeds three feet in length. Like all...

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Blue-spiny lizard

Blue Spiny Lizard

The scales of this lizard are pointy and keeled, giving the lizard its common name. These lizards change color...

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Gopher Snake

Gopher Snake

Gopher snakes are long snakes, and can approach eight feet in length. These nonvenomous snakes are an important...

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Desert Tortoise

Desert Tortoise

A slow-moving reptile, the desert tortoise copes with desert heat by becoming active only during the cooler...

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