Western Animal Information, Photos, Artwork, and Facts

American Expedition is proud to present interesting information, educational facts, and full-color artwork & photos of the great animals of the American West: American Mustangs, Bison, Mule Deer, Elk, Moose, Bighorn Sheep, Rattlesnakes, Roadrunners, Gambel's Quail, Mountain Lions, Grizzly Bears, Black Bears, and Gray Wolves.

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Photo of a group of wild American Mustangs.

American Mustang Information

American Mustangs (Equus caballus) are symbols of the American frontier. Athletic and agile, they roam through the plains in many western states and have a long history in North America.

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American Bison Information

American Bison (Bison bison) are colossal mammals of North America and symbolic of the Great Plains. The present regard for this species is a result of the recognition and appreciation given to it by the Native Americans.

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Western Diamondback Rattlesnake Information

The Western Diamondback Rattlesnake (Crotalus atrox) is a venomous pit viper species found throughout the southwest. Its signature “rattle” sound is one of the most recognizable and distinct sounds in nature.

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A roadrunner with a spider in its mouth.

Roadrunner Information

The Roadrunner (Geococcyx californianus) is native to the Southwestern desert and gained its name from of its habit of running on the road towards cars.

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Photo of a pair of Gambel's Quail

Gambel's Quail Information

A handsome game bird, the southwestern Quail (Callipepla) has a unique patterned plumage coving its rather portly body. Both the Gambel's and the California quail are some of the most popular game birds in southwestern North America.

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Photo of a mule deer buck.

Mule Deer Information

Mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus) are stout and stocky, powerfully built, and about a third larger than their cousins, the whitetail deer. They are a very popular game animal that is difficult to hunt, due to their keen senses and awareness of their surroundings.

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Bighorn Sheep Information

Big Horned Sheep (Ovis canadensis) are iconic symbols of the Rocky Mountains, and are renowned for their large, beautiful horns and their excellent climbing ability.

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Mountain Lion Information

The Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) is a remarkable creature of the wild. Admired by hunters, yet loathed by farmers, it is respected and feared greatly by explorers.

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Gray Wolf Information

The Gray Wolf (Canis lupus) is known for its fierce appearance, excellent hunting ability, and pack behavior. With a howl that can travel great distances through the wilderness, a beautiful coat of fur, and the ability to adapt to a myriad of environments, the wolf is also a creature that has played a major role in many myths.

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Bald Eagle Information

With acute eyesight and swift flying ability, the Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) is a magnificent bird of prey unique to North America. The bald eagle has the freedom to soar through the sky and perch amongst the highest peaks. It is no wonder the eagle became a national symbol of the United States.

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