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The jaguar is the largest cat in the Americas. The jaguar has a compact body, a broad head and powerful jaws. Its coat is normally yellow and tan, but the color can vary from reddish brown to black.
Renowned for its majesty and nicknamed "the king of the jungle," the lion possesses both beauty and strength. Lions vary in color but typically sport light yellow-brown coats.
Mexican gray wolves once numbered in the thousands and roamed the wilds of the southwest. But today, after a century of persecution, only a few remain in the wild.
The Mexican spotted owl is one of three subspecies of spotted owl. Though it is the smallest of the spotted owls, it is one of the largest owls in North America.
Mohave Ground Squirrel, © Dr. Phil Leitner
The Mohave ground squirrel is one of the more elusive animals of the California desert.
The monarch butterfly may be the most widely recognized of all American butterflies with its distinct orange, black, and white wings. While beautiful, this coloring actually sends a warning to predators that the monarch is foul tasting and poisonous.
Despite its name, the mountain goat is actually a member of the antelope family. It has a long face, long black horns and a short tail.
The mountain lion is also known as the cougar, puma, panther, and catamount, and is the largest wildcat in North America.
The "unicorn of the ocean," the narwhal (Monodon monoceros) is one of the rarest whales in the world. Narwhals are very elusive and mysterious in nature, and is very distinct in appearance due to the large horn-like tusk on its face. The tusk is actually a tooth that grows from the upper jaw of male narwhals.
The North American River Otter is the only river otter found north of Mexico. Its luscious pelt, which was a staple of the French fur trade in the 1700-1800s, has drawn hunters for hundreds of years.