Tigers are powerful nocturnal hunters that travel many miles to find buffalo, deer, wild pigs, and other large mammals. They absolutely can’t stand vegetables. 
/ Photograph by My Shot photographer Igotmadskillz /

Tigers are powerful nocturnal hunters that travel many miles to find buffalo, deer, wild pigs, and other large mammals. They absolutely can’t stand vegetables. 

/ Photograph by My Shot photographer Igotmadskillz /

Emperor penguins have small, stiff wings that help them to swim through the water, rather than fly through the air. Sometimes they may also use them to wave. 
Photo by My Shot photographer emmsmic.

Emperor penguins have small, stiff wings that help them to swim through the water, rather than fly through the air. Sometimes they may also use them to wave. 

Photo by My Shot photographer emmsmic.

North American river otters are very sensitive to environmental pollution, and their range has been greatly reduced by habitat loss. Come on, humans, you otter know better!
Photo by My Shot photographer Stitch.In.Time, caption by My Shot member The Epic Factor.

North American river otters are very sensitive to environmental pollution, and their range has been greatly reduced by habitat loss. Come on, humans, you otter know better!

Photo by My Shot photographer Stitch.In.Time, caption by My Shot member The Epic Factor.

Male lion-tailed macaques call loudly to announce their presence to other males. They have to be sure they’re heard. 
Photo by My Shot photographer velmuruganvishwa, caption by My Shot member RoyalJubilee. 

Male lion-tailed macaques call loudly to announce their presence to other males. They have to be sure they’re heard. 

Photo by My Shot photographer velmuruganvishwa, caption by My Shot member RoyalJubilee. 

Dogs were probably the first tame animals; they have accompanied humans for some 10,000 years. Recently, they’ve become even more human-like. 
Photo by My Shot photographer FudgeBoss and caption by My Shot member Snapshot-16.

Dogs were probably the first tame animals; they have accompanied humans for some 10,000 years. Recently, they’ve become even more human-like. 

Photo by My Shot photographer FudgeBoss and caption by My Shot member Snapshot-16.


Tree squirrels are commonly seen everywhere from woodlands to city parks. These squirrels come to the ground in search of fare such as nuts, acorns, berries, and flowers but they spend most of their time getting very friendly with trees. 
Caption by My Shot member The Epic Factor and photo by NightFury.

 

Tree squirrels are commonly seen everywhere from woodlands to city parks. These squirrels come to the ground in search of fare such as nuts, acorns, berries, and flowers but they spend most of their time getting very friendly with trees. 

Caption by My Shot member The Epic Factor and photo by NightFury.

 

When they spot a tasty fish, blue-footed boobies fold their long wings back around their bodies and plunge into the water from as high as 80 feet (24 meters). Sometimes this leaves them with some bad breath. 
Caption by My Shot member Bowler, photo by My Shot photographer karma53.

When they spot a tasty fish, blue-footed boobies fold their long wings back around their bodies and plunge into the water from as high as 80 feet (24 meters). Sometimes this leaves them with some bad breath. 

Caption by My Shot member Bowler, photo by My Shot photographer karma53.


Hedgehogs usually curl up into a ball and sleep through the day, awaking at night only to hunt for food. That pretty much sums up our ideal Monday.

Hedgehogs usually curl up into a ball and sleep through the day, awaking at night only to hunt for food. That pretty much sums up our ideal Monday.

Domestic cats have light-reflecting eyes which allow them to see very well in the dark, making Fourth of July fireworks all the more exciting!

Domestic cats have light-reflecting eyes which allow them to see very well in the dark, making Fourth of July fireworks all the more exciting!

Pandas are often seen eating in a relaxed sitting posture, with their hind legs stretched out before them. They may appear sedentary, but they are skilled tree-climbers and efficient swimmers and totally know how to do yoga.

Pandas are often seen eating in a relaxed sitting posture, with their hind legs stretched out before them. They may appear sedentary, but they are skilled tree-climbers and efficient swimmers and totally know how to do yoga.

Sometimes flamingos engage in group displays, such as “wing salutes” and “marching,” that serve to synchronize the group hormonal cycle for breeding. In other words, they have some fancy dance moves. 

Learn all about flamingos, and find fun animal facts and photos at kids.nationalgeographic.com!

Sometimes flamingos engage in group displays, such as “wing salutes” and “marching,” that serve to synchronize the group hormonal cycle for breeding. In other words, they have some fancy dance moves.

Learn all about flamingos, and find fun animal facts and photos at kids.nationalgeographic.com!

For red-tailed hawks, breeding season initiates a spectacular sequence of aerial acrobatics, which ends with the birds linking talons and falling as they spiral toward the ground. It’s not hawkward at all. 

Learn how to identify the birds in your own backyard this summer with our new kids birding guide!

For red-tailed hawks, breeding season initiates a spectacular sequence of aerial acrobatics, which ends with the birds linking talons and falling as they spiral toward the ground. It’s not hawkward at all.

Learn how to identify the birds in your own backyard this summer with our new kids birding guide!

When winter arrives, black bears spend the season dormant in their dens, feeding on body fat they have built up by eating ravenously all summer and fall. Sometimes they get sleepy a bit early. 

Find more adorable baby animals in Welcome to the World, our new keepsake baby book!

When winter arrives, black bears spend the season dormant in their dens, feeding on body fat they have built up by eating ravenously all summer and fall. Sometimes they get sleepy a bit early.

Find more adorable baby animals in Welcome to the World, our new keepsake baby book!

Mountain goats have rough pads on the bottom of each toe provide the grip of a natural climbing shoe. Mountain goats often appear at precipitous heights showcasing their climbing abilities, sometimes rendering them lost…

Mountain goats have rough pads on the bottom of each toe provide the grip of a natural climbing shoe. Mountain goats often appear at precipitous heights showcasing their climbing abilities, sometimes rendering them lost…


Beluga whales live together in small groups, communicating with a language of clicks, whistles, and clangs. Belugas can also mimic a variety of other sounds, maybe even a human “hello.”

Beluga whales live together in small groups, communicating with a language of clicks, whistles, and clangs. Belugas can also mimic a variety of other sounds, maybe even a human “hello.”