Three-toed Sloth, Puerto Limon, CR-MG_5706

The three-toed sloths are tree-living mammals from South and Central America.  Three-toed sloths are agile swimmers. They are still slow in trees and when spotted make easy characters to photograph.  They might stay in one position for an extended period.  One can say the same for Owls.


Male Deer, Rocky Mountains National Park, Colorado 93E2324

There are several denominations to categorize deers, and depending on their species, a male deer can be a stag, bull or buck.  Male deers grow and shed new antlers each year.


These shots were taken around Estes Park, a popular town in Northern Colorado and known as a base for the Rocky Mountain National Park, home to wildlife including elk and bears, plus miles of trails.



Red Panda, Chengdu MG_3463

Red pandas (or lesser pandas) are an anomaly among animals: they have long, fluffy striped tails like a raccoon, and faces and diets that resemble a giant panda’s, but they clean themselves like a cat. However, they are not raccoons, bears, or cats — they are the only living species in a genus of their own.




Giant Panda, Chengdu MG_3521

Fact check: Gifts of giant pandas to American and Japanese zoos formed an important part of the diplomacy of the People’s Republic of China in the 1970s, as it marked some of the first cultural exchanges between the PRC and the West. This practice has been termed “panda diplomacy”.  By 1984, however, pandas were no longer given as gifts. Instead, the PRC began to offer pandas to other nations only on 10-year loans, under terms including a fee of up to US$1,000,000 per year and a provision that any cubs born during the loan are the property of the PRC.

This panda might be four years old and forage solo in his enclosure.