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Naturalist Notebook 

January 10, 2012

Spotlight On…

Check out this week’s featured specimen!

(Pictured below, really close up!)

Photo: N. Sincero 2011

Can you guess what it is?

Here are some hints:

  • According to the World Conservation Union (IUCN), about 20,000-25,000 individuals of this species exist in the wild.
  • This animal doesn’t need to drink water, instead it gets all the water it needs from the food it eats.

Leave us a comment with your answer! Then come see us in the Classroom on Sunday, January 15th at 2:30 pm for Science Story Adventures to see if you’re right and to learn more about this animal. Science Story Adventures is our program for children ages 4 – 8 and their caregivers. In the program, we explore the natural world through stories, specimens, games and crafts.

Filed under: Spotlight On... — nature @ 8:54 am


  1. Polar Bear

    Comment by Ilana G — January 10, 2012 @ 3:49 pm

  2. Koala

    Comment by Ariana C — January 10, 2012 @ 3:54 pm

  3. Koala

    Comment by Carmen S — January 10, 2012 @ 4:04 pm

  4. We have three votes:

    Lisa Maria: Seal
    Christiana: Seal
    Eva Marie : Seal

    Thank you!

    Comment by Lisa Maria — January 10, 2012 @ 4:06 pm

  5. Polar bear. Or Sasquatch.

    Comment by Mary Ellen — January 10, 2012 @ 4:22 pm

  6. Sand Cat

    Comment by Erin — January 10, 2012 @ 4:25 pm

  7. How about Sand Cats? Felis margarita They get all the nutrients and fluids they need from their prey. I have seen these cats in the wild in Saudi Arabia, living amongst the rocks, and at the Living Desert Museum in Palm Desert, CA.

    Comment by Jorge Lehr — January 10, 2012 @ 4:56 pm

  8. An Otter ?

    Comment by Robbie H — January 10, 2012 @ 11:26 pm

  9. Sand Cats is it. But Erin and Mary Ellen got it first.

    Comment by Ciaran O'Donnell — January 11, 2012 @ 9:01 am

  10. We had some really great guesses this week. Thanks to all those who participated! This week’s specimen was a polar bear (Ursus maritimus). If you want to touch the fur of a polar bear, stop by the Naturalist Center. To learn more about polar bears, check out the following websites:

    Comment by nature — January 15, 2012 @ 4:26 pm

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