The loudest voices in the ocean may be the gregarious sea lion. Though clumsy on land, this marine mammal is a strong swimmer and diver, aided by its oar-like flippers and torpedo-shaped body. Sea lions are considered “pinnipeds,” which means “fin-footed” and refers to their long, flat hands and feet.
Red pandas have gone by many names over the years, including firefox, red cat-bear, and bright panda. In fact, these bushy-tailed mammals are most closely related to raccoons and skunks. Red pandas live throughout the foothills of the Himalayas.
This distinctive primate with a bright red face is an Old World monkey from Japan. Also known as Japanese macaques, snow monkeys are adaptable creatures with a penchant for water. They endure cold, snowy winters by soaking in natural hot springs and take refuge from the summer heat by plunging into cold pools.
Graceful and agile, this rare mountain-loving leopard has plush gray or tawny fur with dark ringed spots—the thickest coat of any big cat. The snow leopard is one of five species of big cats. The other four species are the tiger, lion, leopard, and jaguar.
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