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Home, home on the Range

(The Prairie)

Now, conductor Lauren Gazelle is off to visit the prairie land of North America. Let's audition some more of the conductor's potential picks for his symphony.

  • Click on the animal pictures below to hear the sounds they make.
  • Bison

    copyright picture to Smithsonian Instititution

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    Bison are found in North America. They are also known as buffalo, but the true bufffalo is an Asian animal. They almost became extinct a century ago, but thanks to conservation efforts there are now reserves such as Yellowstone National Park set aside to keep the bison from disapearing.

    Elk (or Moose)

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    Moose can be found in Canada and the United States. In the winter time, Moose stay in large groups, but when the spring comes, they break up again. They are usually very solitary animals. There is sometimes confusion about Moose and Elk because people in different countries use the same names for different animals. What people in the United States call an Elk is the second largest member of the deer family. Early European explorers called them Elk because they resembled European Elk or Moose. However what North Americans call "Moose," Europeans sometimes call "Elk." Because the American Elk is not very closely related biologically to the European Elk, the American Indian term "Wapiti" is sometimes used interchanably to identify that animal.

    Prairie Dog

    copyright picture to 1997 Digital West Media, Inc

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    Prairie Dogs are most common in North America These mammals can be seen standing on their back feet, trying to get a long view of the flat prairie.

    Load up the dog sled, we're off to the north and south poles.

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