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USA Series 4


The Redgum Yowie

A menacing roar announces the attack of the mean earth- munching Crusha Grumkin. If Rumble the Yowie cannot stop Crusha, the natural desert habitat with its animals will be totally destroyed. Find out what happens in the book by Jim Peronto and James W. Bates — Rumble the Redgum Yowie


The Mangrove Yowie

The murky Oooze Grumkin invades the pristine waterways, turning them into mud. Crag, the Mangrove Yowie, must find a way to get rid of this evil menace before the habitat is destroyed. Find out what happens in the book by Jim Peronto and James W. Bates — Crag the Mangrove Yowie


The Bottlebrush Yowie

It takes a lot to upset the peace-loving Yowie Boof, but when the tiger-toothed tree-chomping Gnash Grumkin arrives and endangers Boof’s beloved rainforest, this Yowie has to take a stand. Find out what happens in the book by Jim Peronto and James W. Bates — Boof the Bottlebrush Yowie


The Lillipilli Yowie

The smelly Sludge Grumkin leaves trash all over Ditty’s tidy habitat. Yowie and friends try to convince Sludge to leave, but when that fails, it looks as if they will all be buried under foul-smelling trash. Find out what happens in the book by Jim Peronto and James W. Bates — Ditty the Lillipilli Yowie


The Honeygum Yowie

The fiery flame-fanning Spark Grumkin threatens to engulf the forest in fire. It is up to Nap, the wisest of all the Yowie, to stop him. Find out what happens in the book by Jim Peronto and James W. Bates – Nap the Honeygum Yowie


The Fiddlewood Yowie

The oily, sticky Crudd Grumkin spills into the waterways, threatening to kill everything in its path. Squish must fight the to save her habitat and help her animal friends. Find out what happens in the book by Jim Peronto and James W. Bates – Squish the Fiddlewood Yowie

Sumatran Orangutan

(Pongo abelii)

Tree-dwelling tool maker

Living only in northern Sumatra, Indonesia, these large animals spend almost all of their time in the trees, except for older males which spend significant time on the ground. The orangutan, Asia’s only great apes species, can live up to 60 years in the wild.

  • Can make and use tools for opening fruit or extracting insects
  • Adult males have wide cheek pads on their faces

White-Lipped Peccary

(Tayassu pecari)

Funny facial hair

These white bearded and mustached mammals live in the dense mountain and lowland jungles of Central and South America, where they need large areas of healthy forests.

  • Can live in large herds of more than 300 animals
  • After being attacked by jaguars, peccaries have attacked them back
  • They tend to give birth to twins


(Mandrillus sphinx)

Social network primates

The Mandrill hangs out in huge groups as large as 600 to 1,500 individuals.

  • Found in the rain forests of Cameroon, Gabon, Congo, and Equatorial Guinea
  • World’s largest monkey
  • Stays on the ground during the day and sleeps in the trees at night

Burmese Star Tortoise

(Geochelone platynota)

A star from Myanmar

The radiating star pattern of the Burmese Star Tortoise helps them hide in both the bamboo thickets and dry straw underbrush of Myanmar.

  • Driven to near extinction in the wild as they have been poached and sold mainly as pets
  • Approximately 14,000 are alive today due to intensive captive breeding efforts

Humpback Whale

(Megaptera novaeangliae)

Singing stars of the sea

Among these giants of the ocean, the female is actually larger than the male and only the male sings. They learn different dialects of the whale song from their own local population, just like humans!

  • They eat about 1.5 tons of krill per day
  • Can measure up to 50 feet long and have tails 18 feet wide!

Kipunji Monkey

(Rungwecebus kipunji)

21st century monkey

The Kipunji Monkey, which lives in the highland regions of Tanzania, is known for using its distinctive bark-honk call to communicate among its species.

  • The first monkey species to be assigned a new Genus since the 1920s
  • First spotted in 2003, the Kipunji was immediately known to be Africa’s rarest monkey


(Okapia johnstoni)

A giraffe in Zebra pants

Okapi are related to the Giraffe and they appear on the currency of the Democratic Republic of Congo — the only country they exist. Okapi have long tongues to help them remove leaves from trees.

  • Okapi live in dense jungles and eat up to 100 different plants, clay from the riverbanks, and charcoal from burnt trees
  • Baby Okapi don’t poop for over a month after birth

Southern Elephant Seal

(Mirounga leonina)

Largest coastline Carnivora

Living mostly in sub-Antarctic waters for more than 9 months a year, Southern Elephant Seals only come to land to breed or molt. This earless seal is the largest Carnivora species and can weigh up to 2,000 pounds!

  • Males are up to 4x larger than females and have elephant trunk-like noses
  • To win the attention of females, males fight in dramatic body-slamming battles

Blue Shark

(Prionace glauca)

Sudden deep sea survival

The Blue Shark can be found off the coasts of every continent but Antarctica. It is a medium-sized shark species that can produce from 5 to 105 pups per litter. Once born, mother sharks leave their pups to survive on their own.

  • Shaded blue on top, and white on bottom, so they can’t be seen from above or below
  • Their favorite food is squid from the deep sea


(Lama guanicoe)

Ears up, chilled out

Guanacos communicate in many different ways. Ears up means they are relaxed. Living in South America, Guanacos use their lips like fingers to pick up and draw food into their mouths, similar to other ungulate species.

  • Guanacos touch noses as a type of greeting. Another communication method is by spitting (up to 6 feet)
  • Strong swimmers and are comfortable standing in streams and rivers

Silky Sifaka

(Propithecus candidus)

Angels of the forest

This beautiful, white Lemur is found in the northeastern part of Madagascar, with only about 250 alive in the wild today. They are nicknamed the ‘Angel of the Forest’ due to their creamy white fur.

  • Silky Sifakas have black or non-pigmented faces
  • Males have scent glands located in brown patches on their stomachs


(Cryptoprocta ferox)

Tall tales with long tails

The Fossa is the largest predator in Madagascar and they specialize in eating Lemurs. Mongooses are the closest relative to the Fossa.

  • The Fossa’s tail is almost as long as its body
  • They have very flexible ankles so they can climb trees easily
  • There are many village legends that make them a mysterious species

Irrawaddy Dolphin

(Orcaella brevirostris)

Not so nosey

These coastal and riverine dolphins live in ocean and freshwater inlets in Southeast Asia. They are found in mangroves, rivers, and lakes across much of the region, although these dolphins are now becoming increasingly rare.

  • Can be distinguished by their short noses and bulging foreheads
  • They can be trained to help fishers by surrounding schools of fish

Andean Bear

(Tremarctos ornatus)

Looking smart

The Andean Bear is also known as the Spectacled Bear because its face markings make it look like it is wearing glasses or spectacles.

  • The only bear in South America, and found in the high Andes
  • The Andean bear is the only living short-faced bear
  • Although large, they are shy and often build platforms in trees which allow them to hide

Siberian (Amur) Tiger

(Panthera tigris altaica)

Largest living feline

The Amur Tiger lives primarily in Russia, where it has made a spectacular comeback since the 1930s, when the population fell as low as 20–30 animals.

  • Can be found in eastern Russia and northeastern China
  • The population is now estimated at 360 animals
  • Similar to human fingerprints, no two tigers have the same stripe patterns


(Acinonyx jubatus)

Spotted racer

The Cheetah is the fastest land mammal, known to run as fast as 61 miles per hour. There are currently only 8,000 known to be roaming in southwestern, eastern, and central Africa.

  • Their tails are flat and act like a boat rudder for fast turns and balance
  • Both their skin and fur are spotted
  • They are the only cat species with non-retractable claws, making them similar to dogs

Snow Leopard

(Panthera unciaa)

Silent solitary snowy mountain cat

This big cat has a white coat with black spotted rosettes that helps it hide and allows it to hunt undetected. Scientists estimate that at least 4,000 snow leopards now live across the species’ mountainous range.

  • Snow Leopards purr, growl, and hiss, but they don’t roar like other big cats
  • Has a long, thick tail (1 meter) to help it balance while roaming around sheer mountain faces

Madagascar Day Gecko

(Phelsuma madagascariensis)

Basking in the sun

The Madagascar Day Gecko can often be found basking in the sun while hiding in the leaves and trees of the eastern coast of Madagascar. They are also the largest species of Gecko and can reach as long as 10 inches!

  • They have no eyelids, so they lick their eyes to keep them clean and moist
  • Their feet have multiple ridges and hairs that allow them to adhere to almost any surface

Kihansi Spray Toad

(Nectophrynoides asperginis)

Small sizes small numbers

The Kihansi Spray Toad is endemic to a small area at the base of a waterfall near the Kihansi River in Tanzania. A captive breeding program has greatly increased their numbers and they are now being reintroduced into the wild.

  • Their bellies are transparent, making it possible to see their food and baby larvae
  • Known to play dead or eject water from their bladder if disturbed

Sumatran Ground Cuckoo

(Carpococcyx viridis)

Elusive eight-decade disappearance

This beautiful ground-dwelling bird had not been seen for more than 81 years until 1997 when one was live trapped and released. Deforestation has been extensive on Indonesia’s island of Sumatra and is a main threat to this rare species.

  • Fewer than 10 birds have been discovered in the wild in the past century