Some national animals from around the world include the bald eagle with the United States, beaver with Canada, grasshopper with Mexico, macaw with Brazil and dugong with Papua new Guinea. The dugong is a type of aquatic mammal related to the manatee and the elephant, once mistaken by sailors for mermaids.Know More
A number of countries have turned to mythical beasts to represent them. The Greek national animal, for instance, is the phoenix. Emblazoned on the country's first modern currency, the phoenix represented the resurrection of the Greek state until the currency was replaced in 1832. The unicorn, meanwhile, has been Scotland's national animal since the 12th century. To the Celts, this legendary creature represented innocence, joy, health and virtue, as well as male power or virility. As with the phoenix of Greece, the unicorn has featured on Scotland's currency in the past.
The national animal of Mauritius isn't so much mythical as hunted to extinction by the people it represents, which isthe once-native dodo bird. Similarly native only to the country it represents is the komodo dragon of Indonesia.
Other national animals tend to be majestic or fierce in some manner, or otherwise symbolic of a nation's heritage. India's national animal, the peacock, or mayura, for instance, is, in Hindu mythology, a symbol of cyclical time.Learn more about Symbolism
As of 2014, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey, the United Kingdom, the United States and the European Union make up the G20. The members represent the world's most advanced economies, accounting for roughly 85 percent of global GDP and more than 75 percent of world trade.Full Answer >
In addition to the European Union, the 19 countries that make up the G20 (Group of Twenty) are Japan, Italy, Indonesia, Brazil, Australia, Argentina, Canada, France, Germany, China, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, the United Kingdom, South Africa, Turkey, Russia, South Korea, the United States and India. The group was established in 1999.Full Answer >
Countries that are in the Southern Hemisphere have summer during the months of December, January and February; these countries include Mexico, Argentina and Brazil. Summer is known to be the warmest season in each of these countries, as well as containing the hottest and longest days of the year, making it an excellent time to travel.Full Answer >
As of 2014 Latin American countries include Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Venezuela, Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Uruguay, Paraguay, El Salvador and Panama. Latin American countries are those countries in the New World where the official language is Spanish, Portuguese or French. However, many of the inhabitants speak Creole versions of these languages or Native American languages like Quechua.Full Answer >