Platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus) – A Weird and Endangered Animal

Meet the Platypus The platypus is such an unusual creature that European naturalists thought it was a hoax when the first dried skin was sent to England from the newly explored continent of Australia by Governor John Hunter in 1799. Surely a clever taxidermist had sewn the beak of a duck to the body of … Read morePlatypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus) – A Weird and Endangered Animal

The Echidna (Tachyglossus aculeatus) – A Weird and Wonderful Animal

New: Make a paper mache echidna. Click the image for step-by-step instructions! Echidnas are Monotremes, a type of animal that has been on earth since the time of the dinosaurs. photo courtesy of Dr. Lloyd Glenn Ingles, California Academy of Sciences. The oldest known monotreme fossils are over 120 million years old, making this the … Read moreThe Echidna (Tachyglossus aculeatus) – A Weird and Wonderful Animal

The Aye-Aye – A Weird and Endangered Animal

Meet the Aye-Aye (Daubentoniamadagascariensis) If you shaved an aye-aye and stood him on his hind feet, he would look very much like “Gollum,” the J. R. R. Tolkien character from Lord of the Rings. This strange little creature from Madagascar has amazingly long fingers on his hands (yes, he’s a primate), and huge eyes for hunting his food … Read moreThe Aye-Aye – A Weird and Endangered Animal