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Tiger

The magnificent tiger, largest of the big cats, is a heavily muscled, powerful predator that stalks and ambushes large prey, camouflaged by its stripy coat. Unlike other cats, tigers are good swimmers and often cool off in lakes and streams during the heat of the day. Sadly, they have been pushed to the edge of existence through hunting and habitat loss, with three of the eight subspecies already extinct, and the other subspecies at high risk.

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Red-Bellied Macaw

Species Profile

Genus: Orthopsittaca | Species: manilatus

Size: 46cm (18 in) Weight: 300g (10.5 oz)

Races including nominate: one

Colourization Adult: Both adults medium sized green macaws with roughened skin on bare yellow face; blue wash on forecrown; grey scalloping pattern on green chest; brown/red mid abdomen to vent; dull yellow on underwings and undertail. Bill grey/black. Eye brown.

Colourization Juvenile: As in adult but upper mandible grey, lower mandible pale grey.

Call: High-pitched; wailing in flight. Other notes loud and rhythmical. Purring sounds while feeding. Flocks may be loud.

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Red-and-green Macaw

Also known as: Green-winged Macaw, Red-and-blue Macaw, Red-blue-and-green Macaw

Species Profile
Genus: Ara | Species: chloropterus

Size: 90 cm (35 in) Weight: 1050-1320g (36.75-46.2 oz)

Races including nominate: one

Colourization Adult: Both adults dark red in general; green middle wing coverts, scapulars and tertiary feathers; back, rump and tail coverts blue; blue tail with red tips. Upper mandible horn in colour with black on sides; lower bill grey/black. Cere bare and face white with evident red lines of feathers. Eye yellow.

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Blue and Gold Macaw

Also known as: Blue-and-gold Macaw, Yellow-breasted Macaw, Blue Macaw

Species Profile
Genus: Ara | Species: ararauna

Size: 86 cm (33.5 in) Weight: 1040-1286g (36.4-45 oz)

Races including nominate: one

Colourization Adult: Both adults bright blue above, mostly golden-yellow below; with long blue and yellow tail; bare white facial disc with fine lines of green feathers; throat black; crown and forehead green. Large black/grey bill. Eye yellow.

Colourization Juvenile: As in adult but with grey/brown eye.

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Yellow-Crowned Amazon

Also known as: Yellow-crowned Parrot, Yellow-fronted Amazon or Parrot (A.o. ochrocephala) Marajo Yellow-crowned Amazon (A.o. xantholaema) Natterer's Amazon (A.o. nattereri) Panama Amazon or Parrot, Panama Yellow-fronted Amazon (A.o. panamensis)

Species Profile
Genus: Amazona | Species: ochrocephala

Size: 31-38cm (12.1-14.8 in) Weight: 380-500g (13.3-17.5 oz)

Races including nominate: four: A.o.ochrocephala, A.o. xantholaema, A.o. nattereri, A.o. panamensis

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Ploughshare tortoise

Ploughshare tortoise (Astrochelys yniphora)
Ploughshare tortoise description

This species is one of the rarest land tortoises in the world. Its common name refers to the appearance of the 'gular scute' at the lower part of the shell (plastron), which is drawn out into a plough-shaped projection between the front legs. The upper shell (carapace) is hard, highly domed and brown in colour, with prominent concentric growth rings on each scute. Males are larger than females.

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