National Animals Of North American And Caribbean Countries

Interestingly enough, each Caribbean nation to make the list has its own national bird.

National animals provide countries and their citizens with a unifying image, sharing one common image helps bring a country and its people together. Not only does it help with cultural identity within the nation, but outside of its borders as well. Foreign citizens can tell a lot about another country by observing the symbolism that brings it together. National animals bring with them an interesting history and significance. The following article discusses the national animals of various countries within North America and the Caribbean.

The Countries and Their National Animals

The beautiful and tropical island of Anguilla chooses to represent its nation via the Zenaida Dove, also commonly referred to as the Turtle Dove, although the two birds are different species.The Zenaida Dove lives throughout the Caribbean in open woodlands, shrubs, and mangroves. Doves typically represent hope, renewal, and peace. Antigua and Barbuda, the twin-island nation in the Caribbean, have three national animals and interestingly, one is a sea creature. Few countries in the world have identified a sea creature as a national symbol. On this twin island nation, however, the Hawksbill Turtle plays an important role. The Fallow Deer, not originally from Mexico, it is true that a dog is a man’s best friend and the thousand year history that the Xoloitzcuintli shares with Mexicans further supports the idea. The ancient Aztec culture even revered this hairless breed as having mysterious healing powers.

The Significance of National Animals

Whether it’s a tropical island or a northern nation, all countries have something in common. They want to represent themselves to the rest of the world and provide their citizens with a unifying cultural symbol. Selecting a national animal is one way to accomplish both goals. Before visiting a new country, consider getting to know its national animal first. Knowing that small fact may provide interesting insight into the nation, its history, and its people.

National Animals Of North America And The Caribbean

CountryNational Animal(s)
Anguila Zenaida Dove
Antigua and Barbuda Fallow Deer, Frigate, Hawksbill Turtle
Canada North American Beaver, Canadian Horse
Cuba Cuban Trogon
Jamaica Red-Billed Streamertail
Mexico Xoloitzcuintli Dog
St. Vincent and the Grenadines St. Vincent Parrot
United States Bald Eagle, American Bison

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