Find a pink dolphin Like something from a children’s picture book. thest dolphins are a startling candy-pink color. There are two species and both are considered extremely ran
The Amazon river dolphin, or boto, is a freshwater species that inhabits the • Amazon and Orinoco basins. If you’re lucky, you might spot them in Venezuela, Colombia, Bolivia, or Peru. Although this dolphin is famous for its unusual color, not all photos are pink—in fact, most of the candy-colored varieties are male adults, and naturalists believe their hue may be due to scarring caused by territorial disputes with other males.
The sure-fire way to get up close to these creatures is to sign up for a volunteering project such as Projeto Boto, giving access to the remote Mamiraua Institute for Sustainable Development in Brazil. There you join field trips to monitor the local pink dolphin population. The Indo-Pacific humpback dolphin is an even pinker specimen, bu: found only in the waters around China—where, confusingly, it is known as the Chinese White Dophin. The dolphins are born black, fade to gray, and then eventually take on their rosy coat with adulthood. The construction of Chek Lap Kok Airport at Lantau Island, Hong Kong, first brought this dolphin to wider public attention since this destroyed pan of the animal’s natural habitat. Now Hong Kong Dolphinwatch organizes boat trips around the harbor, donating a proportion of profits to conservation.
red squirrel britain’s native. immortalized as Squirrel Nutkin in the Beatrix Potter children’s ,tory, has become increasingly hard to spot a numbers—and habitat—dwindle alarmingly.
It is smaller, shier, and most certainly cuter than its brash North American cousin, the eastern gray squirrel. Whereas the gray may be spotted in any urban park or suburban garden raiding the bird feeders, the red (actually more of a chestnut brown) is a solitary animal that requires a quiet patch of broad-leaved woodland, and plenty of nuts, although it will also eat fungi, shoots, fruit, and the occasional bird’s egg.
There are estimated to be fewer than 150,000 red squirrels left in Britain (as opposed to almost 3,000,000 grays). The best places to see them are in the north of Scotland around Aberdeenshire, and the north of England around Cumbria and Northumberland. In north Wales there’s a significant population on the island of Anglesey In the south of England, your best squirrel-spotting location is the Isle of Wight, where an estimated population of 3.500 survives in woodland, The mammal is so cherished here that you see signs on busy roads warning you to reduce your speed because this is red squirrel country.
This offspring created by a male lion and a female tiger is the biggest cat in the world, and carries distinctive stripes but no mane. While the animal came to attention after the film Napoleon Dynamite, ligers have been recorded as far back as the early 19th century.
You are highly unlikely to see ligers roaming the plains or the jungle (although there have been unconfirmed reports of this strange cross-breed throughout history), since lions and tigers have different habitats. This might be a good thing since their resulting offspring are simply huge, standing over 4f1 (1.2m) tall at the shoulder and up to 12ft (3.6m) on their hind legs.
They have no mane, but do have the distinctive ruff of the tiger species. They also have faint stripes, usually mixed in with spots. Most curious of a1,1 they have inherited the tiger’s love of water (lions hate it) and are enthusiastic swimmers.
They may also have the sociable instincts of the lion, although sometimes—like Greta Garbo—they want to be alone. In the US several reserves and sanctuaries have examples. At T.I.G.E.R.S., in Myrtle Beach. California. there’s a giant liger which was bred at the center. There is another at Sierra Safari Zoo in Reno. On the East Coast you can see ligers at Wild Animal Safari in Pine Mountain, Georgia.
A tigon is the same genetic combination, except that the father is a tiger and the mother a lion. It is much smaller than a tiger—possibly because lions have growth-inhibiting genes carried through the female line. It usually has both spots and stripes, and looks tiger-like in its head shape and form. While they are
extremely rare now, they were more common as zoo exhibits in the 19th and 20th centuries. In India, it was common to breed tigons, and one called Rani’ was famously presented to London Zoo in the 19205.
These days the practice of inter-breeding tigers and lions is frowned upon by the zoological and conservation establishments, so most specimens you see are likely to be the result of an accidental encounter. While male ligers and tigons are infertile, the females are not, so there have been cases of further hybridization, resulting in ligons (lion cross with tigon), ti-ligers and so on.