If you’re a fan of nature documentaries—and who isn’t—you’ve probably wondered how in the world humans managed to make it to the top of the food chain. Most animals are faster than us, or outweigh us, or have claws and long teeth, or have natural camouflage, or are armored, or are venomous, or some combination of all of these. I wouldn’t want to take on a grizzly bear in the forest, or a great white shark in the ocean, or a komodo dragon in… etc. etc.
Fortunately, I don’t have to. If I want to see these animals, I can just go to the zoo. Unfortunately, despite the efforts of naturalists, many species are on the verge of extinction. Poaching and loss of habitat are the two main causes.
March 3 is World Wildlife Day. It’s a great time to donate to conservation groups and animal preserves. Do you have a favorite critter? Check out some of our great animal mugs!
1. Lion Around
If you’ve never heard a lion roar in person, you can’t believe how loud it is. Television and movies don’t do it justice at all.
2. Here Kitty, Kitty
There’s a reason tigers haven’t been domesticated like other cats. They’re 600-pound eating machines.
3. Bear With Me
Fun Fact: Polar bears are actually black with transparent fur. It reflects so much light that they appear white.
4. Tons of Fun
Scientists have recently created a resin-based faux ivory that is nearly indistinguishable from the real thing in both appearance and handling. Hopefully that will curb the poaching.
A giraffe’s spots are as unique as a human’s fingerprints. This particular mug has 23 total animals to choose from.
Sharks are estimated to have first appeared around 455 million years ago. That’s about 200 million years before the dinosaurs. If any animal has prior claim, it’s these.
7. A Tale
The blue whale’s heartbeat is so loud, it can be heard up to two miles away. They are the biggest animals on earth…ever.
8. Huff and Puff
Wolves were the first animals to be listed on the U.S. Endangered Species Act. Thanks to conservation efforts, they are now classified as “Least Concern.”
9. In Black and White
There are only about 1000 giant pandas left in the world. Conservationists are hoping to increase that number to 5000 within the next five years.
Cheetahs hunt during the day so they don’t have to compete with other big cats.
This isn’t a complete list of our animal mugs. Search for your favorite from our home page. Remember, U.S. orders of two or more mugs get free shipping, too!