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Naturalist Notebook 

July 11, 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 lives in drier habitats and gets most of the water it needs from the plants it eats.
  • This animal has strong legs and has been known to kill a predator with its kick.

Leave us a comment with your answer! Then come see us in the Classroom on Sunday, July 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 @ 3:10 pm


  1. This week’s specimen was a skull from an ostrich (Struthio camelus). To learn more about ostriches and see some videos and photos of them, check out these websites:

    Comment by nature — July 15, 2012 @ 3:07 pm

  2. A horse.

    Comment by Mary March — July 16, 2012 @ 8:17 pm

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