Guatemala is full of some of the most unique and interesting animals! It was fun (and challenging) to narrow it down to only six to feature this month!
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Spider Monkey (Ateles geoffroyi yucatanensis), The spider monkey inhabits several South American countries, including Mexico, Guatemala and Belize. It is a social animal, living in groups of 20-42 members. Miniature: I used the miniature by Yowie found in one of their surprise eggs. Safari Ltd., makes a TOOB with monkies you can buy here on Amazon.
Quetzal (Pharomachrus mocinno) the national bird of Guatemala, the resplendent quetzal. In ancient Mayan culture, the quetzal bird’s tail feathers were used as currency. quetzals are considered specialized fruit-eaters, although they mix their diet with insects (notably wasps, ants, and larvae), frogs and lizards. Miniature: I used a miniature by Safari Ltd in their “Exotic Birds” TOOB. You can buy the one I used here on Amazon.
Puma (Puma concolor) – Also known as a cougar in other areas of the world, it is the second-heaviest cat in the New World after the jaguar. Secretive and largely solitary by nature, the cougar is properly considered both nocturnal and crepuscular, although daytime sightings do occur. Found throughout North and South American, the Puma is more closely related to smaller felines, including the domestic cat, than to any species. Miniature: I used the miniature found the “Big Cats” tube by Wild Republic. You can buy the one I used here on Amazon.
Iquana (Iguana iguana) – sometimes known as the “green” iguana, is actually grey as an adult. Iguanas are eaten throughout Guatemala and sold at many Mayan style markets. A herbivore, it is commonly found in captivity as a pet due to its calm disposition and bright colors, it can be very demanding to care for properly. Miniature: I used a miniature from “Pets” TOOB by Safari, Ltd. You can buy the one I used here on Amazon.
Toucan (Ramphastos sulfuratus), Toucans make their nests in tree hollows and holes excavated by other animals such as woodpeckers, as the toucan bill has very limited use as an excavation tool. When the eggs hatch, the young emerge completely naked, without any down. Toucans are resident breeders and do not migrate. Miniature: I used a miniature by Safari Ltd in their “Exotic Birds” TOOB. You can buy the one I used here on Amazon.
Armadillo (Dasypus novemcinctus) – is a medium-sized mammal found in North, Central, and South America. Armadillos are characterized by a leathery armor shell and long sharp claws for digging. They have short legs, but can move quite quickly. Miniature: I used a miniature by Curious Minds. You can buy the one I used here on Amazon.
I laminated my cards so they would stand up to little fingers.
We talked about each animal, and basic species it was (bird, mammal, reptile, insect, etc). We talked about if it was large or small. My oldest then matched up the animals with the miniatures.
After this we worked on matching the word cards to the animal pictures (I read the word cards to her, since she can’t read yet). What fun to learn about animals that live in other countries! 🙂