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Naturalist Notebook 

February 1, 2012

Spotlight On…

Check out this week’s featured specimen!

(Pictured below, really close up!)
Photo: N. Sincero © California Academy of Sciences

Can you guess what it is?

Here are some hints:

  • This animal eats mainly grasses, leaves, fruits and bark.
  • This animal can communicate over long distances via rumbles that cause seismic vibrations in the ground.

Leave us a comment with your answer! Then come see us in the Classroom on Sunday, February 5th 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 @ 2:30 pm


  1. The tail of an African Elephant? Lexodonta africana?

    Comment by Adam Ehrenfeuchter — February 2, 2012 @ 1:04 pm

  2. Our lone guess was spot-on! This week’s specimen is the tail of an African elephant (Loxodonta africana). To learn more about African elephants, check out these websites:

    Comment by nature — February 5, 2012 @ 4:07 pm

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