Can You Guess These Animals From a Silhouette?

By: Khadija Leon
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Throughout history, over 1 .5 million living animals have been described, which include but are not limited to insects, mammals, reptiles, birds, amphibians and fish. They are found in many different habitats and exist in a food chain from the top, where the apex predators like humans, lions and crocodiles can be found, all the way to the bottom where the microorganisms like phytoplankton live their lives. 

All of us have encountered animals throughout our lives, whether it was by going to zoos and parks or even in our own backyards or neighborhoods. Even some of those we may not have had personal experiences with, we have seen either on television, on the computer, at the movies or in books at school. We can identify many of them based on their characteristic features, size and unique traits that make them one of a kind.

If you were given images of silhouettes of some of the world's most popular animals, would you be able to guess what they are? Well there aren't many people out there who are able to get all of them right. Will you be one of the few? To find out the answers to these questions, you should take this quiz!

The lion, which is a member of the Panthera genus, is the second largest animal in the group, after the tiger. It is the so-called “king of the jungle.” Lions can weigh up to 500 pounds and can be found throughout Sub-Saharan Africa and parts of Western India.

The orca, sometimes called the killer whale, is a toothed whale and the largest member of the dolphin family. These apex predators can be found in waters all across the world.

The bald eagle is a large bird of prey, part of a group of over 60 eagle species. This bird is only found in North America and is the national bird of the United States, appearing on both the presidential seal and flag.

The butterfly is a type of insect which belongs to the Lepidoptera order, along with moths. They all have a four-stage life cycle which begins with the egg and ends with the brightly colored butterfly.

The domesticated goat is a subspecies of goats, which are some of the most common animals in the world. They are used for their meat, skins and milk, and some people own them as pets in different parts of the world.

The grizzly bear is a subspecies of the brown bear, which can be found in different parts of North America. This animal’s weight can exceed 790 pounds. Grizzlies are known to hibernate for 5 to 7 months out of the year, all except the California grizzly, which does not hibernate at all.

Rats are long-tailed rodents which belong to the genus Rattus. Often confused with mice, these rodents are distinguished in size as well as other features. Rats are an invasive species which are known to spread diseases and often viewed as pests.

The horse is an ungulate mammal, meaning hoofed, belonging to the Equidae family. The animal has been domesticated since 4000 B.C. and has been used for everything from transportation to sporting activities to therapy.

The toucan is a member of the Ramphastidae family and is related to American barbet. Toucans are arboreal birds, known for having bright large bills which some of them use to establish dominance through beak wrestling.

The llama is a domesticated South American animal which was used to pack and transport different kinds of cargo and also for its meat. Llamas are quite similar to camels and are able to carry up to 100 pounds.

The domestic dog is a member of the Canis genus and the most popular carnivore on earth. There are many breeds of dogs, some of which include the Yorkshire terrier, golden retriever, Rottweiler and beagle.

The turkey is a large bird, found all over the world but more popularly in the Americas. The males have a large snood, (a fleshy appendage hanging from its beak) which is used for courtship.

The rhinoceros is a nose-horned odd-toed ungulate belonging to the Rhinocerotidae family. This large and endangered species is often killed by humans for their horns, which are sold on the black market.

The cow is a domesticated ungulate which is a member of the Bovinae family. Cows are raised for meat production, as well as for dairy products, and in some countries to carry goods and plow fields.

Elephants are the largest terrestrial mammals and the group consists of the African bush elephant, the African forest elephant and the Asian elephant. The have distinctively large ears and a long trunk which they use for breathing and grabbing onto objects.

The domestic cat, often called the house cat, is a small animal which was originally bred to hunt vermin as well as for companionship. Some of the most popular breeds include the British shorthair, Siamese, ragdoll and Maine coon.

The giant panda is a black and white bear, native to south central China. Although they belong to the carnivore order, 99% of their diet consists of bamboo and the other 1% can be made up of a mixture of rodents, grasses and tubers.

The snake is an elongated legless reptile which is a distant relative to the lizard. Snakes are covered in scales and have loosely connected jaw bones which allow them to swallow large prey.

The dolphin is a type of aquatic mammal, part of the Cetacea order, which also includes whales and porpoises. There are over 40 extant species, which include the bottlenose dolphin, the Guiana dolphin and the Chilean dolphin.

The crane is a large, long-necked and long-legged bird which is often mistaken for the heron. Cranes can be found on almost every continent and are known for constructing their nests in shallow waters.

The domesticated pig is an even-toed ungulate which is related to the wild boar. Pigs are omnivorous animals which consume many different types of food and in turn are consumed by humans.

The hedgehog is a spiny mammal from the Erinaceidae family. There are over 15 species found in parts of Europe, Africa and Asia. This nocturnal animal's spines are made from keratin and are not poisonous.

The chicken is a type of domesticated fowl and is one of the most common animals in the world. Chickens have been bred for centuries for consumption of both meat and eggs, as well as for household pets.

The cheetah is a large cat which belongs to the Felinae subfamily, along with the cougar and lynx. This vulnerable species is found in different parts of Africa as well as areas in Iran, Niger and Algeria. The cheetah is the fastest terrestrial mammal.

The octopus is a soft-bodied mollusk which has eight arms and consists of over 300 species. They can be found in a variety of habitats, some of which include coral reefs and seabed sand, as well as deep ocean and pelagic waters.

The frog is a tailless amphibian which can be found all over the world, but mostly in tropical rainforests. There are almost 5,000 species, some of which are venomous or poisonous, but the majority are harmless.

The gull, sometimes called the seagull, is a seabird which is related to the auk and tern species. Gulls are known for their loud squawking calls.

Gorillas are ground-dwelling apes and the largest living primate, sharing 98% of their DNA with humans. They are herbivorous creatures which are found throughout the forests of Sub-Saharan Africa.

The tortoise is a land-dwelling reptile which can live for over 150 years. Its shell is fused to it and serves to shield the slow-moving animal from predators as well as various environmental factors.

The crocodile is a large aquatic reptile, often mistaken for an alligator. It can be found in freshwater and saltwater in Africa, Asia, Australia and parts of the Americas. The critically endangered carnivorous animals feed mostly on vertebrates, including other reptiles, fish and small mammals.

Squirrels are medium-sized rodents which come from the same family as tree squirrels, prairie dogs, chipmunks and marmosets. They are extremely good climbers and have been viewed as invasive pests by many people.

The giraffe is an even-toed ungulate, meaning hoofed, and the tallest terrestrial mammal. They have extremely long necks, as long as seven feet, contributing to a total 15 to 18 feet in height.

The camel is an even-toed ungulate which is known for having humps (fatty deposits) on its back. In many parts of the world, the camel has been domesticated and used for transportation of both goods and people on long, hot journeys.

The flamingo is a type of wading bird, including six species. Flamingos are found in parts of Central and South America, Africa and Central Asia and are known for their long legs and brightly colored feathers.

The chameleon is an Old-World lizard, including over 200 species. They have very strong prehensile tails and independently mobile eyes and are mostly known for their ability to change colors.

A gazelle is a species of antelope known for running at speeds exceeding 60 miles per hour. They are found in different African and Asian habitats and are known for having uniquely shaped horns.

The baboon is an Old-World monkey which can be found in parts of Africa and the Arabian Peninsula. They are closely related to the mandrill and are known for their brightly colored bottoms.

The penguin is an aquatic flightless bird which can be found in parts of the Southern Hemisphere and on the Galapagos islands. They mostly feed on fish, squid and other smaller sea creatures.

The owl is a type of bird, including over 200 species, most of which are nocturnal and solitary creatures. They are known for having excellent vision and hearing, making them great hunters.

The seahorse is a small fish. The animal was given its name due to its similarity to a horse. Unlike most other animals, the males are the ones who carry the offspring through gestation.

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