animal: pronghorn
Why I chose this animal?
I've been reading about this animal, and why I like the Pronghorn is unknown to me. I think its only because its a very different species, that I've never heard of before. They are very interesting creatures. Their bodies are shaped like barrels in a way. Their bodies are also very circular at their bottoms. Also their faces look like horse and kangaroo at the same time. What is weird to me is that they are omnivors. They mainly eat shrubs and grass though. Their fur always holds air for great insulation for cold and hot weathers. Male Pronghorns have short black manes, and have a black strip in between their horns.As for females its different. They have the horns, but no mane or other black markings. I now know why I like this animal. It's only because they are very strange and different, just like every other thing in the world.




Food Web




Pronghorn Biome


Pronghorn's live in savanna like places. In this biome there is an average amount of 10-15 inches of rainfall each month. Also in this biome it is hard to hide from predetors. Luckily they reach up to speeds of 60 mph, another attack move is using their very sharp hooves. Once the predetor is spotted they run as a whole herd leaving no pronghorn behind in the dust. When they do it's because one Pronghorn is too slow for the others. It makes it difficult for them to get away from their predetor if they wait for the lone Pronghorn. It's usually babies that are left. The mother tries to make sure it says with her, but she cant risk anything else. If she stays behind they probably both die, and if she only leaves her young behind then its not more Pronghorn's dead. I've seen this happen before. If the mother knows that they are gonna be slow she leaves them and tells her young, in their language, to stay down low and wait for her call for the young to get up.


Observations:
Today I saw my animal. They are all very different! Their habitat is different to me in a way. They had to hide from one of their predetors today......the wolf. This is weird but it was actually interesting to watch what they did when this happened. They left the little babies and made the wolves chase after them. The only reason they didn't go after the babies is because, the colors of the Pronghorn blend in with the colors of their biome. Luckily today no Pronghorn died.

Observation 2:
Today it seemed like they were all hiding. I think I saw at least 7 or so. Usually I see about 25 to 30 of them a day. Maybe they have moved somewhere different, because I seem like a threat. Tomorrow I will move somewhere else, and discover all the other habitats and biomes there are for the Pronghorns.

Observation 3:
They were very overwhelmed today by me, I guess they thought of me as a threat. They kept jumping on the truck and left many dents on my it. After a few minutes of observing them and how they react, I decided to leave before they tore up my truck even more. Hopefully my insurance covers this.

Observation 4:
We had a good day, and by we I mean the Pronghorns' and I. They all sat around and let me get really close to them. I took amazing pictures of them. Some of them ran though. It's just instinct for them, but at least I got the information I did. I was able to see how they are when it seems like nothing is around. They just sit in whatever shade they can find, and lay there and they eat. There's nothing much that I have discovered yet, but I'm just glad I was able to get up close and personal.
Here are some pictures that I took below.


Pronghorn2.jpgpronghorn3.jpgpronghorn5.jpgpronghorn6.jpgThis one is of a pronghorn about to attack me in a way. It started to run then made a curve and passed me. These are my favorite ones. I thought they were pretty amazing.

Observation 5:
So I am very sad today. I have to leave there habitat and go back home. I also can't wait to tell my parents all about my research and adevnture! Even though I didn't travel very far away its seems like a different world. It's amazing to see how animals live in their biomes. I cant wait to come back to research them some more! Goodbye fellow Pronghorns!



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