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
The pronghorn is native throughout western North America, stretching from Canada through the United States to Mexico. The herbivore prefers open lands where it is able to feed on grass, sagebrush and other vegetation.Full Answer >
Mockingbirds live in North America from Canada to Mexico, with concentrations in the southern parts of the United States, including Texas and Florida. Mockingbirds are proficient singers with 39 different songs and over 50 different calls, according to BioKIDS, a University of Michigan website.Full Answer >
Deserts are found all over the world in countries that include the United States, Chile, Botswana, Namibia, India, Somalia, China, Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Libya and Mongolia. In the United States, the Mojave and Sonoran Deserts are found in the southwest region. In northern Africa, the Sahara Desert covers an area that includes over 10 countries.Full Answer >
Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom are some of the countries that utilize representative democracies either wholly or in part. A representative democracy is a system of government in which representatives are elected to serve terms in office as representatives of their constituents.Full Answer >