Saluting Wonderful Wildlife: ABC’s of Animals

October 4th, 2012 Permalink

Happy World Animal Day! Way back in 1931, a convention of ecologists in Florence, Italy, decided that there should be an annual World Animal Day to pay tribute to all animal life and the people who love them. It is also a way to highlight the precarious situation of endangered species worldwide. It was decided that October 4, the feast day of Francis of Assisi, a nature lover and patron saint of animals and the environment, should be chosen as World Animal Day. Some churches will bless animals on the Sunday closest to October 4. We love animals and the environment, and decided to salute animals via an ABC’s of wildlife.
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Alligator, white alligator in Black Pearl, New Orleans - animal that starts with letter A -- Celebrating World Animal Day with salute to animals via animal ABCs

Celebrating World Animal Day with salute to animals via animal ABCs. A is for Alligator. This is not an albino alligator but leucistic alligator, one of the ‘famous’ white gators in Black Pearl, New Orleans. The photographer called this shot, “Mirror Mirror on the Wall…” Photo #1 by praline3001

Bears playing fighting, grizzly bears - animal ABCs animals that start with the letter B, World Animal Day

B is for Bears as in these grizzly bears play fighting. Photo #2 by Brocken Inaglory


Animal ABCs - Cheetah hunting in Amboseli National Park, Kenya World Animal Day

C is for Cheetah hunting in Amboseli National Park, Kenya, as seen during a safari. Photo #3 by Steve Garvie

World Animal Day Animal ABCs - Donkey and her nursing foal

D is donkey and her nursing foal. Photo #4 by Lilly M.

E is for elephant, in this case -- an elephant in the room

E is for elephant, in this case — an elephant in the room. Photo #5 by David Blackwell

Fennec Fox, a whole family of Fennec foxes, animal ABCs

F is for Fennec Fox, or a whole family of Fennec Foxes. Photo #6 by Joachim S. Müller

Giraffes fighting in Ithala Game Reserve, northern KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, World Animal Day animal ABCs

G is for Giraffes. These two giraffes are ‘fighting’ in Ithala Game Reserve, northern KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Photo #7 by Luca Galuzzi

H is for horses. These wild horses are located in the Erlebnispark Tripsdrill wildlife and theme park near Cleebronn in Southern Germany

H is for horses. These wild horses are located in the Erlebnispark Tripsdrill wildlife and theme park near Cleebronn in Southern Germany. Photo #8 by Robin Müller

I is for Iguana, a Marine Iguana, Espanola Island, Galapagos, animal ABCs

I is for Iguana. This Marine Iguana is at Espanola Island, Galapagos. Photo #9 by blinking idiot

Jaguar found at the Toronto Zoo, j is for jaguar

J is for Jaguar. This bored jaguar was found yawning at the Toronto Zoo. Photo #10 by Marcus Obal

K is for Koala

K is for Koala. The conservation status of these cute marsupials are listed as vulnerable. Photo #11 by Susan (Pandora’s Perspective)

L is lemur. This ring-tailed lemur is holding her twins born the night before

L is Lemur. This ring-tailed lemur is holding her twins that were born the night before the photo was taken. Photo #12 by sannse

Animal ABCs M is for M as in Moose in Denali National Park, Alaska

M is for Moose, as in this moose in Denali National Park, Alaska. Photo #13 by blmiers2

N is for Narwhal, narwhal males are distinguished by a long, straight, helical tusk, actually an elongated upper left canine

N is for Narwhals. These medium-sized whales live year-round in the Arctic. Narwhal males have a long, straight tusk, that is actually an elongated upper left canine. Photo #14 by BadFon

World Animal Day Animal ABCs - Barn owl in flight

O is for Owl as in this Barn Owl in flight. Photo #15 by Luc Viatour

Penguins, a family of Emperor Penguins in Antarctica

P is for Penguins, such as this family of Emperor Penguins in Antarctica. Photo #16 by Martha de Jong-Lantink

Q is for Quoll. This is a black morph of the Eastern Quoll

Q is for Quoll. This is a black morph of the Eastern Quoll, a carnivorous marsupial which is native to mainland Australia, New Guinea and Tasmania. Photo #17 by Ways

Rhinoceros with oxpecker birds along for the ride, animal ABCs, world animal day

R is for Rhinoceros; this one has oxpecker birds along for the ride. Photo #18 by Arno Meintjes

Young and silly Southern Elephant Seal on the island of South Georgia Animal ABCs World Animal Day -

S is for Seal. This young and silly Southern Elephant Seal is located on the island of South Georgia, a part of the South Sandwich Islands. Photo #19 by Serge Ouachée

T is for Tarsier, the world's smallest primate

T is for Tarsier. The photographer noted, “What’s cuter than 1 tarsier in a tree? 2 tarsiers – the world’s smallest primate.” Photo #20 by Paul Williams

U is for Uakari

U is for Uakari. This is the Red Uakari, a primate that is small and has a short tail, but is best known for it’s naked face which most commonly ranges from pink to deep red in color. It lives in the tropical rainforest of South America. Photo #21 by alobos flickr

Vulture, a Cape Vulture in flight at the Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve, Cradle of Humankind, Gauteng, South Africa

V is for Vulture. This is a Cape Vulture in flight at the Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve, Cradle of Humankind, Gauteng, South Africa. Photo #22 by

Wolf, a big, bad, beautiful, snarling wolf

W is for Wolf. A big, bad, beautiful, wolf with a vicious snarl. Photo #23 by Mind Virus via reddit

X is for Xanthareel, a yellow eel

X is for Xanthareel, a yellow eel. Photo #24 by Mary E Campbell

Y is for Yak, as in this Yak near the sacred Yundrok Yumtso Lake, Tibet

Y is for Yak, as in this Yak near the sacred Yundrok Yumtso Lake, Tibet. Photo #25 by Dennis Jarvis

Z is for Zebras at a watering hole at Etosha National Park in Namibia

Z is for Zebra. This zebra herd stopped off at a watering hole at Etosha National Park in Namibia. Photo #26 by Aftab Uzzaman


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