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Mammals found in North, Central and South America

alpaca

noun

a South American animal with a long neck and long hair that is related to the llama

armadillo

noun

a small wild animal from hot parts of North and South America whose body is covered with pieces of a hard substance forming a shell

beaver

noun

a small North American animal that has a wide flat tail and thick fur. Beavers cut down trees with their teeth and build dams (=walls) across streams.

bobcat

noun

a large wild cat that lives in North America

caribou

noun

a large brown animal with long thin legs and horns on its head that lives in northern North America

chinchilla

noun

a small South American animal with soft grey fur

cougar

noun

a large wild cat that lives in mountain areas of North and South America

coyote

noun

a small wild dog that lives in North America

coypu

noun

an animal with fur used for making clothing, that lives mainly in South America

gopher

noun

a small furry animal mainly found in North and Central America. It has a short tail and lives in holes that it digs in the ground.

grizzly bear

noun

a very large bear with brown fur that lives in the mountains of the north-western US

groundhog

noun

a small furry animal with short legs that is found in North America and lives in holes in the ground

jackrabbit

noun

a wild animal like a large rabbit that lives in open areas of the US

llama

noun

a large South American animal with a long neck and a thick coat, used for wool, meat, and carrying things

mountain goat

noun

a type of goat that lives in the mountains of western North America

mountain lion

noun

a large wild cat with light brown fur that lives in the mountains of western America

muskrat

noun

a North American animal hunted for its thick brown fur

olinguito

noun

a type of mammal which was discovered for the first time in 2013, in the rainforests of Ecuador. It is about the size of a domestic cat, lives in trees and eats mainly fruit.

pack rat

noun

a small North American animal similar to a mouse that collects small objects

prairie dog

noun

a small brown animal that lives in holes in the ground on the prairies of North America

puma

noun

a large brown-grey wild cat that lives in the mountain areas of North and South America

raccoon

noun

a small animal with a black and white face and a long tail that lives mainly in North and Central America

racoon

another spelling of raccoon

skunk

noun

a small black and white North American animal with a long thick tail. It produces a bad smell when it is threatened.

sloth

noun

an animal that lives in trees and moves very slowly. It lives in South and Central America.

snapping turtle

noun

a small animal with powerful jaws and a hard shell covering its back that lives in lakes in Northern and Central America

vicuna

noun

a South American animal similar to a llama

wapiti

noun

an elk (=large type of deer) that lives in North America

woodchuck

noun

a groundhog

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