California Sea Lion
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.
The chinchilla is a South American rodent with very dense, soft fur. This covering helps it to survive in its cold, mountainous habitat. Though it looks a little like a rabbit, the two are unrelated. But chinchillas are also fast on their feet as they hop, skip, and jump over rocks.
Lemurs are a type of primate—the order that includes monkeys, apes, and humans—found exclusively in Madagascar. The collared lemur is a subspecies of brown lemur, and gets its name from its orangey beard. These lemurs are also well known for their strong scent, which they use as a communication calling card.
The Coquerel’s sifaka (pronounced shee-FAHK) is an acrobatic, tree-dwelling lemur. Lemurs are a type of primate—the order that includes monkeys, apes, and humans—found exclusively in Madagascar. When on the ground, the sifaka bounds along on its long hind legs, with its arms extended for balance like a ballerina.