2016 National Feral Cat Day

Today, (October 16, 2016) is National Feral Cat Day!  This special day is celebrated every October 16th, since 2001 to help promote the awareness of feral cats (also called “community cats”).   Programs like Trap-Neuter-Return trap feral cats and spay or neuter them and return them to where they were found.  The cats also have an ear tip clipped which is the universal symbol of a sterilized feral cat.  Find out what you can do to help feral cats by visiting FeralCat.com or AlleyCat.org.  Follow the Twitter chatter for National Feral Cat Day at #FeralCatDay.

Feral cat with a tipped ear

Feral cat with a tipped ear.


Addax (Addax nasomaculatus)

  • Antelope that lives in the Sahara Desert
  • Stands just over 3 feet tall (91 cm) and weigh around 200 pounds (91 kg)
  • Long horns have up to 3 twists
  • Moves through desert in herds of 5-20
  • Greyish-brown coat in winter months, changing to mostly white or sandy blonde in summer
  • Feeds on grasses and leaves
  • Conservation Status (IUCN): Critically Endangered


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Black-Tailed Prairie Dog

Black-Tailed Prairie Dog (Cynomys lucovicianus)

  • Social rodent native to the western area of North America
  • Measure about 15 inches (38 cm) in length and weigh about 3 pounds (1.4 kg)
  • Live in communities with other prairie dogs
  • Use a sophisticated system of vocal communication to warn of specific predators
  • Do not hibernate and are diurnal
  • Diet consists of green vegetation and occasional insects
  • Homes are deep burrows which are bedded with leaves and grass
  • Conservation Status: Least Concern


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Reticulated Giraffe

Reticulated Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis reticulata)

  • The tallest of all land animals – males can grow as tall as 18 feet (5.5 meters)
  • Can weigh up to 3000 pounds (1360 kg)
  • Can run at speeds of up to 35 miles (56 km) per hour
  • Native to Eastern Africa
  • Have excellent eyesight and hearing
  • Feeds off treetops – eating fruits, leaves, seedpods and pine-like needles
  • Tongues can be as long as 18 inches (46 cm)
  • Conservation Status (IUCN): Endangered


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