Animals of the World
By Laura Klappenbach, About.com Guide
North American Animals
North America is a land of varied landscapes that stretches from the Arctic in the north to the narrow landbridge of Central America in the south. The wildlife of North America, like its habitats, is diverse and includes animals such as bison, pronghorn, brown bears, bald eagles, hummingbirds, bullfrogs, snapping turtles, rattlesnakes, cougars, and American alligators.
South American Animals
South America is the southernmost continent of the Americas and home to the vast Amazon rainforest, the largest and most wildlife-rich stretch of tropical rainforest in the world. Its wildlife includes animals such as jaguars, giant anteaters, pirhanas, ocelots, capybaras, three-toed sloths, red howler monkeys, and macaws.
Europe stretches from the Ural Mountains in the east to the Atlantic Ocean in the south and encompasses a variety of habitats including tundra, taiga, montane forest, temperate forest, and steppe. Its wildlife includes alpine newts, European tree frogs, Eurasian lynxes, badgers, European otters, dourmice, chamois, European bison, hedghogs, and wild boars.
Asia is the largest continent in the world and extends from the Ural Mountains in the east to the Pacific Ocean in the west. It reaches southward to include India, China, and Indonesia. The wildlife of Asia includes a staggering assortment of animals such as Komodo dragons, tuataras, gharials, reticulated pythons, tarsiers, yaks, Indian rhinoceroses, and babirusa.
Africa is the world's second largest continent and recognized to be the origin of hominids. Its habitats are varied and include vast deserts, grasslands, subtropical forests, tropical forests, and dry steppes. Africa's wildlife includes lions, addax, cheetahs, zebras, giraffes, African bullfrogs, Egyptian mongooses, and Kirk's caecilians.
Animals of the Oceans
- Animals of the World's Oceans
- Animals of the Atlantic Ocean
- Animals of the Indian Ocean
- Animals of the Pacific Ocean
Animals of the Polar Regions