Category : animals

Carancho (Caracara plancus)

DESCRIPTION A bird of prey, measuring between 55 and 60 cm long. Its crest on the top of its head is blackish in colour, the rest of its body greyish, with a white neck, back and chest with wide brown and greyish white stripes. In flight you can see its wing patch, which is clear, with a whitish tail ending with a black band. The skin on the face is bare, a typical trait of the scavengers.   DISTRIBUTION AND […]

Delfines en Rancho Texas Lanzarote Park - Dolphins

It’s been a week now since four dolphins have been living with us

Last Saturday the 26th of November four specimens of bottlenose dolphins arrived to Lanzarote, from Duisburg and Nuremberg (Germany), which were successfully transported in a specially equipped transport airplane in the company of a team of veterinarians, biologists and caregivers. Their acclimatization to the new facilities built for them is satisfactory in every way. Their health is optimum, they feed normally and thoroughly enjoy the seven million litres of seawater that fill the spacious and deep pools of their new home. […]

The Pot-bellied pig, Sus scrofa

DESCRIPTION They are very smart animals, it is possible to tame them like a dog, and they can also be very stubborn creatures. The pig (Sus scrofa domestica) is a species of artiodactyl mammal from the family Suidae. It is a domestic animal used in the human diet by many people. Its scientific name is Sus scrofa domestic, although some authors call it their Sus domesticus or their Sus domestic, reserving Sus scrofa the wild boar. Its domestication began in […]

Yemen Chameleon

Distribution: Originally found in the Arabian Peninsula, Yemen and Saudi Arabia, the coast and interior where the climate is influenced by the Red Sea. Description: The males of this species are some of the largest chameleons in the chamaeleonidae family, some measuring nearly 60cm long (including their tail). Females are considerably smaller, measuring around 25-35cm. Both male and female are recognized by their “helmet” that gives them the name “calyptratus” coming from “calyptra”, which was a veil that women in […]

Falabella Horse

Origin: This horse is closely related to the first horses living in this part of America. Andalusian horses were brought to the New World by the Spaniards to take on the huge task of taking over and were chosen for being both resistant and rustic. These horses were later released into the wild when the Spaniards attempts at settlement failed. Trying to uncover its unknown origin, Newtall, an Irish man, lover of horses, realized how amazing these small horses were […]

Dwarf donkey (Equus africanus asinus)

HISTORY These miniature donkeys are a breed of donkey originating in the Mediterranean, this breed existed especially in the Mediterranean islands such as Sardinia, Corsica, Sicily, Malta, Menorca, and it is not known exactly how far and to what parts this race extend to, today it is almost impossible to find them in their place of origin, except in some reserves that exist for this purpose.   They were formerly used to transport the water from the wells and to […]

Condor of the Andes, Vulture Gryphus

INTRODUCTION The Andean Condor, or Condor as it is called in South America, is a large bird, found among birds of flight in the higher dimensions of our days. This condor is one of the South American vulture species, or also named the vulture of the new world. The old world vultures have evolved from different ancestors from different parts of the world, though both are similar in appearance, and have similar ecological roles, there is a difference in the […]

The Great Grey Owl, Strix nebulosa

Distribution: These owls don’t mate very often and they do it irregularly in coniferous forests in Lapland and other Northern regions, they can sometimes be found nesting in the center or south of Finland. There are around 300 to 1.500 mating pairs. Migration: They are sedentary, but if food supply is low they have been known to fly longer distances, to the south of Finland and sometimes even the south of Sweden or the north of Germany. This can be […]

Reticulated Python, Python reticulatus

These snakes vary in size, usually from 3 to 7 meters long but others growing up to 10 meters. Their sizes depend on their habitat and the alimentation they receive. They can weigh up to 80kg, but most of them are much smaller. They have a very complex colouring that enables them to blend into their surroundings and become virtually invisible to prey. They are a mix of olive green, black, white and a gold like shade of brown.   […]

Alligator Turtle, Macrochelys temminckii

Distribution: It’s limited to North America (Estados Unidos) and is found in the Mississippi Valley all the way to the North of Kansas. It’s also been discovered in rivers like the Suwannee and other rivers from Florida to eastern Texas.  Description: It’s a large turtle that can grow up to 75cm and weigh around 80kg. Specimens as heavy as 110kg have been documented. It has a large head and a tail the same length as its shell. They have very […]