Which Continent Are These Wild Animals From?

By: J.P. Naomi
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About This Quiz

It's going to take a real love of both wildlife AND geography to ace this quiz! Are you up for the challenge? We're about to show you all types of animals that roam this amazing planet. All you have to do is tell us which continent they come from! Are you ready? It's time to camel up and see how well you do!

Now first, let's review the continents, shall we? There's North America, South America and Africa. There's Europe, Asia and Australia. One more, right? Who could forget Antarctica! While many of us wonder how anyone could survive in those frigid temperatures, some wild animals actually need them! Penguins, anyone!? And how about the moose that live in North America? They're not exactly in Florida ... they head far north into Canada to stay nice and cool.

While many animals thrive in cold, we'd be remiss not to mention the ones that need warm or even hot weather! Parrots and kangaroos and llamas, oh my! These beautiful creatures represent more of the southern hemisphere - places like South America, Africa and Australia. Well, no matter the weather, one thing is for sure ... this quiz is about to get goin'! So who's ready to travel around the globe? 

It's time to see if you have what it takes to match the animal to the continent! Good luck!

Kangaroos are a marsupial species indigenous to Australia. The Australian government estimates that more than 34 MILLION kangaroos live in Australia!

Pandas are native to south central China. They enjoy life in the mountain ranges mainly in Sichuan, but also Shaanxi and Gansu.

Nearly all penguins are native to the Southern Hemisphere. Did you know that penguins have no fear of humans and will approach a group of people without hesitating?

Most wild parrots live in warm regions. They are found in South America, Central America and even Australia!

Black bears are native to North America. It is the continent's smallest and most widely distributed bear species. Black bears are omnivores and their diets change based on season and location!

The giraffe is a genus of African even-toed ungulate mammals. They are found from Chad in the north to South Africa in the south, and from Niger in the west to Somalia in the east.

Did you know that pigeons have their ancestry in Europe? Their original habitat was natural cliffs, but as you know, they can now be found in urban areas around the world!

Koalas live in the tall eucalyptus forests and low eucalyptus woodlands of mainland eastern Australia. Contrary to popular belief, they do NOT live in rain forests or desert areas!

Nearly all wild lions live in sub-Saharan Africa. Did you know that there is one small population of Asiatic lions that exists in India's Gir Forest?

Elephants are native to the tropical and subtropical regions of Africa. They can now be found throughout Asia as well, specifically Nepal and India.

Moose are native to North America, specifically Canada! During the winter, you'll find them in forested areas, but come summertime, they like to cool off near lakes, bogs and streams!

Cetacea are a group of aquatic mammals that consist of whales, dolphins and porpoises! These intelligent creatures can be found in the waters off all the continents listed, and then some.

The wolf is the canine native to the wilderness and remote areas of North America. They are also found in the Eurasian region of the world.

Did you know that horses were first domesticated on the plains of northern Kazakhstan more than 5,500 years ago? They have since made their way across the pond and are widespread throughout North America.

Platypus is a semi-aquatic egg-laying mammal native to eastern Australia including Tanzania. Did you know that the spurs of the male platypuses deliver venom to their predators?

Did you know that sheep are descended from the wild mouflon of Europe and Asia? They are one of the earliest animals to be domesticated for agricultural purposes - fleece, meat and milk!

The leopard has the largest distribution of all wild cats. They are found widely in Africa as well as eastern and southern Asia.

Tigers originate from the Asian continent and are not native to Africa as is often believed! There are Chinese and Bengal tigers that have been resettled into Africa.

Did you know that Koi fish were developed from common carp in Japan in the 1820s? These fish are kept for decorative purposes in outdoor koi ponds or water gardens.

Reindeer are also known as caribou. They are found widely across northern Eurasia as well as the far north of North America. Did you know that both male and female reindeer grow antlers annually?

The dingo is Australia's wild dog. But get this ... its origins have been traced back to a south Asian variety of gray wolf!

Raccoon dogs are a canid indigenous to East Asia. It is the only extant species in the genus Nyctereutes, though their population has widely declined due to hunting for their fur!

The wild boar is also known as the Eurasian wild pig! It is a suid and its main predator is the gray wolf.

Beavers are a nocturnal and semi-aquatic rodent. They are native to North America and are known for building dams, canals and lodges!

Did you know that ostriches are flightless birds? They are native to Africa and have a large presence in dry, hot savannas and woodlands.

Storks are large, long-legged, long-necked wading birds with long, stout bills. They tend to live in drier habitats than their relatives herons, spoonbills and ibises!

The mandarin duck is a perching duck species found in East Asia. It is typically 16–19 inches long with a 26–30 inch wingspan. It is closely related to the North American wood duck.

Like all of their relatives in the Xenarthra superorder, armadillos originated in South America. Did you know that the word armadillo means 'little armored one" in Spanish?

The wild water buffalo's scientific name is bubalus arnee. It is native to Southeast Asia, though today water buffalo are found all throughout the world!

Did you know that there are more than 14 million camels around the world? Today they live mostly in the Horn of Africa, the Sahel, Maghreb, Middle East and South Asia.

The musk ox is an ancient species of arctic mammal. It is currently found in remote areas of the far north, including Greenland, Alaska, Canada and Siberia.

Shoebills are endemic to Africa and currently inhabit the east-central part of the continent. The main populations are found in southern Sudan, northern Uganda and western Tanzania.

The llama is a South American relative of the camel. The only difference is that it doesn't have a hump! These domesticated animals are sturdy and used by the people of the Andes Mountains.

The black swan is a large waterbird and a species of swan. It breeds mainly in the southeast and southwest regions of Australia!

The bald eagle's natural range covers most of North America, including Canada, all of the continental United States, and northern Mexico. It is the only sea eagle native to North America.

Greater kudus are found in southern and eastern Africa. The population is the most dense in the south. In East Africa, the population is broken up and there are many isolated groups in the mountains!

The earless seal is one of the three main groups of mammals within the seal clade Pinnipedia. These seals live in Antarctica, although they have relatives around the world.

The lyrebird is found in areas of rain forest in Victoria, New South Wales, and south-east Queensland. It is also found in Tasmania where it was introduced in the 19th century!

Albatrosses are native to Antarctica, but are now found all along the southern hemisphere from Antarctica to Australia, South Africa and South America.

The blue wildebeest is native to eastern and southern Africa. Its range includes Kenya, Tanzania, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland and Angola.

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