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Issue 1 2013

A Lion’s Tale

Hi, there! My friends and I made this magazine just for you. This month you’ll meet a family of lions and learn how animals sleep. Thanks for reading! l, Your pa


On the Cover


There’s a lot more to a lion than just a shaggy mane. Turn to page 6 to learn all about these amazing animals. photo by Suzi Eszterhas

26 December/January 2013

Look Inside 3

What’s That?


Ricky’s Playhouse


That’s Wild!


Sweet Dreams


A Lion’s Tale


Look Outside


Fun with Lions


Ricky’s Mail


Bonnie and Chester


Green Time


Hands On

16  Ever Wonder? 18

Nosey Monkey


Ricky and Pals


Yellow-Eyed Penguins 36

National Wildl ife Federation®

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Double issue

Have you outgrown this magazine? Switch to Ranger Rick. Call 1-800-611-1599. December/ January 2013

Alex Mustard / naturepl.com

What’s That?

This seahorse isn’t picking out a Christmas tree. It’s looking at jellyfish that look like tiny fir trees.


photos provided by minden pictures

hairs h it w s te s ta y rfl e tt u b A et. on the bottom of its fe

An ostrich’ s bigger than eyeball is its brain.


t A shark does no chew its food.



A chameleon’s tongue c an be longer than its body.

Wow! That’s the longest tongue I’ve ever seen!


Every tiger’s stripes are different.


Giraffe A giraffe sleeps for two to six minutes at a time. butterfly: Katsuomi Matsumoto; Ostrich: Gerry Ellis; Shark: Mark Carwardine; Chameleon: Stephen Dalton; Giraffe: Jurgen & Christine Sohns; tiger: Tim Fitzharris >


Let’s Read

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Listen up, little one, and I’ll tell you about your family. Photos By Suzi Eszterhas


That’s a really big kitty!

The “mane” thing you need to know about lions is we’re NOT like other cats.

e r e h w a ic r f A f o s d n la s Lions rule the gras s. u r a e f ls a im n a r e h t o e we live. Th Male lions grow long, thick hair on their necks. This hair is called a mane.

A female lion is called a lioness.

Lions live in groups called prides. Every pride has females and their babies, as well as a couple of male lions.

A baby lion is called a cub.

Lions sleep most of the day. We're tired after hunting all night. You and the other cubs won't join the hunt until you are older.


Lions hunt for animals both big and small to eat. Cubs eat meat the lionesses bring home from the hunt.

I've got a brand new iPad® app. Ąnd it's all about lions!

Look for Ranger Rick Jr. Appventures™ in the App StoreSM.

Lion cubs learn by playing. They pounce on everything—even elephant poop.

u o y , e n o e l t Now, lit ! y a w n o i l e know th




How many lion cubs can you find?


Illustrations by linda silvestri

Use the clues to figure out which lion is named Lars. 1. Luke and Leslie are hungry. 2. Lori, Lenny, and Lars are very tired. 3. Lani, Lionel, Lou, and Larry play all day. 4. Lars is older than Lenny.


Pages 12–13 Answers: There are eight lion cubs. Lars is the adult male lion that is yawning.

End Start Help the little lion cub find the way back to his pride.

Read with

Bonnie Ąnd Chester Story by winnie yu

÷ illustrations by eddie young

Ą Winter Friend It was a cold winter day.

and Bonnie

were walking in the Chester


as he looked inside an empty

everyone?” asked Chester

. nest

said, “Buddy the


. “Where is

and Tommy the



both sleep all turtle

winter long.”

, “that it feels like we are all alone.”

“It’s so quiet today,” said



“Maybe we should make a new friend,” said Bonnie



began rolling Chester

. Soon they had a snowballs

. snowman


“Here’s a winter friend who won’t fly away or go to sleep,” said Bonnie

looking at the

. snowman

“But now I’m tired,” said

. “I’d love to curl up in a Chester

and take log

a nap.” laughed. “It’s a good thing I have the


to keep me company.” snowman


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Why Do Zebras Have Stripes?

illustration by barbara gibson

Nobody knows for sure why zebras have stripes, but scientists have some ideas. 1. No two zebras have the same pattern of stripes. So zebras use the stripes to figure out who’s who.


2. When a herd of zebras takes off running, the group becomes a blur of black and white. That makes it hard for a lion to pick out a single zebra to catch.

3. Having stripes helps zebras hide. The lions that hunt them are colorblind. So, to a lion, a zebra’s stripes look like the wavy lines of the tall grasses even though they are different colors.

4. Scientists recently discovered another good thing about having stripes. Horseflies don’t like them. So these biting pests bother other animals instead. Look again! Find 5 things wrong with this picture. 17

ANSWERS: zebra wearing sunglasses, polar bear, zebra wearing bandana, red wagon, lioness with binoculars

Nosey Monkey Who’s this munching on leaves? With a nose like that it has to be a proboscis (pro-BAH-sis) monkey. No other kind of monkey has such a pointy snout.


PO STER photo by Suzi Eszterhas

Ricky and Pals in

The Ącorn Trail Story by Kathy Kranking

÷ illustrations by Christian Slade

Ricky Raccoon, Bizzie Beaver, Mitzi Mink, Flora Skunk, and Flora’s little brother, Sammy, were taking a winter hike. They were going to see a waterfall on the other side of Deep Green Wood. Ricky had a map to show the way. But after they had walked a long time, Ricky stopped.

“Hmm,” he said. “The map shows that we leave the path here.” “But how will we find our way back?” asked Flora. She, Ricky, and Bizzie all gathered around the map in a circle. “I have an idea!” said Sammy. But no one listened.

“We don’t want to get lost,” said Bizzie. “I have an idea!” said Sammy a little louder. Still no one paid attention. “We need a really good idea,” said Ricky. Frustrated, Sammy squeezed through their legs into the circle. “I have an idea!” he shouted. The others looked down at him in surprise. “Well, why didn’t you say so, Sammy?” asked Flora. Sammy sighed.

He dug into his bib pocket and pulled out some buttercups, a clover, and more pebbles. “Nope, not that one,” Sammy said. Then Sammy put his paw into his third pocket and pulled out a pawful of acorns. “Here they are!” he said happily. “A trail of acorns!” said Ricky. “That’s perfect. Let’s go!” He left the path and wandered into the woods with the others behind him. Every so often, Sammy would drop an acorn.

“What’s your idea?” asked Ricky. “We could leave a trail,” Sammy said, “then use it to find our way back.” “That’s a silly idea,” said Bizzie. “We don’t have anything to use to make a trail.” “We could use something from my pockets!” said Sammy excitedly. Sammy kept all kinds of things in the pockets of his overalls. He dug into one and pulled out a pawful: some pretty pebbles, a feather, part of an old eggshell, and some twigs. “Oops, wrong pocket,” he said, stuffing everything back in.


After a while, Ricky shouted excitedly, “The waterfall!” He began to run. When Ricky reached the waterfall, he stopped dead in his tracks. The others, running behind him, all bumped into each other. “The waterfall is frozen!” exclaimed Flora. “It’s beautiful,” said Ricky. “It looks like a giant Popsicle!” said Sammy. “It sure does,” said Bizzie with a grin. Then the friends sat on some rocks and had lunch. Before long they decided to head back.

“Let’s find my acorns,” said Sammy. But when they searched the ground, nobody saw any acorns. Suddenly Flora pointed. “Look over there!” she said. “That squirrel is eating an acorn. I bet it’s one of the acorns Sammy dropped earlier.” “Then let’s go that way,” said Ricky. “But how do we find the next acorn?” asked Bizzie. Ricky squinted, looking ahead. “Follow me!” he said. They followed Ricky to where a deer stood munching on something. “I’ll bet that’s one of Sammy’s acorns, too,” said Ricky.

The friends walked past the deer and kept looking for acorns, but they didn’t see any. “Oh, great,” said Bizzie. “Now we’re lost.” As he was complaining, something hit Bizzie on the head and bounced off. “Ouch!” he said. Sammy bent over and picked up an acorn. The friends all looked up to see a jay sitting on a branch above Bizzie.

“That jay must have dropped that acorn on Bizzie’s head,” said Ricky. “I bet we’re still going the right way.” Ahead, there was a chipmunk nibbling on an acorn. Then farther along, a rabbit was eating one. Farther still, they came upon a little mound of dirt. “Hmm, I wonder,” said Flora. She dug into the loose dirt and pulled out an acorn! “A squirrel must have found this and buried it,” she said. Suddenly Ricky pointed. “I see the path way over there!” he exclaimed. Once they were back on the path, Bizzie said, “I guess making a trail of acorns was a good idea after all.” “Yes,” agreed Ricky, “but instead of following the acorns back, we followed the trail of animals that found them!”


Ricky ’s Find the OddbĄll zebra

Which animal is different from the others? loon



Look! Two of the animals are in the water.

MĄke Thumbprint ZebrĄs Use a pad of black ink, a marker, and your thumb to make a herd of zebras.


How many different zebras can you make?

I think the zebra is saying, “I hate it when popcorn kernels get stuck in my teeth.”

SĄy WhĄt? What do YOU think this zebra is saying?

Above: Megan Lorenz; Find the Oddball: zebra: Frans Lanting; loon: Johnny Johnson / AlaskaStock; tiger: Theo Allofs / Minden Pictures; damselfish: GEORGETTE DOUWMA / naturepl.com


t e e w S Dreams

Let’s Read


White Rhino has no pillow Where he can lay his head. So he snuggles up to sleep On the muddy ground instead.

Rhino: Martin Harvey / NHPA; sea otter: Sebastian Kennerknecht / Minden Pictures

No beds? Don't worry. These creatures can get comfy anywhere!

Shhh! Don't wake the animals.

When Sea Otter needs a nap At the end of the day, She wraps herself in seaweed So she doesn't float away.

Polar Bear can flop down For some shut-eye on the ice. With warm fur for a blanket, The frozen ground feels nice. Matthias Breiter / Minden Pictures

Walrus piles up to doze On rocky ocean shores. He doesn't mind the pointy tusks Or noisy walrus snores.


bat: Theo Allofs; walrus: Hal Brindley

Bat stays awake all night. So when morning comes around, She wraps up in her wings to sleep, Hanging upside down.


ZZ M. WATSON / Ardea / Animals Animals



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When Leopard is feeling lazy And wants to catch some ZZZs, She likes to lounge on branches That are high up in the trees.

Mountain Goat is cozy On a cliff that's very steep. He will not tumble off Even though he's fast asleep.

Cyril Ruoso / JH Editorial / Minden Pictures


After lots of monkey play, Sleepy Little Macaque Cuddles up to slumber On his mother's furry back.

Say (muh-KAK).


photo by Steve Gettle / Minden Pictures; illustrations by judith Moffatt

A cardinal’s short, thick beak can crack open hard seeds.

Male cardinals have bright red feathers.

Cardinals do not fly south for the winter.

A cardinal isn’t much bigger than a teacup.

Unlike many songbirds, both male and female cardinals sing.

Cardinals live in the areas shown in red.


Turtle by e6 Apollo, ag

Giraffe by Tessa, age 5

zard I found this li mping a c s when I wa y. il with my fam Emily

Toucan by Gar y, age 4

This is my lop -e rabbit Hamba ared rimbo. He’s chubby. Sam

Tiger by Delanie, age 7

Ricky loves to get mail! Submit your drawings and photos online at nwf.org/rickysmail. Or mail them to:

Ricky’s Mail 11100 Wildlife Center Drive Reston, VA 20190

Include your name, address, and age on the back of your drawing or photo.

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Get toTiME Know an Evergreen GREEN

illustrations by mike gordon and molly hahn



Listen for sounds.

Feel the tree’s bark.



Measure the trunk.

Smell the tree.

Which of these things did you find in your evergreen? needles


pine cone



animal home

HĄNDS ON Lion Mask

Have a roaring good time with this lion mask. What you need • heavyweight paper plate • sheet of orange tissue paper cut • • • • • • •

into 2" squares orange curling ribbon orange, black, and pink craft foam 2 black pipe cleaners wooden ruler or “paint stick” 2 tablespoons of white craft glue diluted with water paint brush, scissors, stapler, tape black and orange markers or crayons

craft by laura blanken

baker; photo by john

with markers.

4. Cut the lion’s nose, ears, and

tongue out of craft foam. Glue the pieces onto the face.

5. Punch two holes on each side of

the mouth and nose. Thread the pipe cleaners through the holes to make whiskers.

with the glue mixture. Cover the glue-covered plate with the pieces of orange tissue paper. Paint a little more glue on top of the tissue paper. Set aside to dry.

Published by the National Wildlife Federation ®

Credits EDITORIAL STAFF editor Lori Collins designer Megan Smith photo editor Nancy Ostertag assistant editor Gretchen Hannes PUBLISHING STAFF

vice president, education

& training Kevin J. Coyle Mary Dalheim Donna Miller photo editor Susan McElhinney general manager, magazines Edward J. Coleman senior production manager Brenda Mutter production coordinator Vivian Coss retention director Deborah Wilson acquisitions director Courtnei LaRue circulation planning director Janet Zavrel editorial director design director

EDITORIAL STAFF(SINGAPORE) Dr. Henry Toi, June Tan, Jason Ong NWF EXECUTIVE STAFF president & ceo Larry J. Schweiger executive vice president & coo Jaime Berman Matyas

6. Cut pieces of curling ribbon and

staple them along the edge of the plate to make the lion’s mane.

7. Tape the back of the mask to the ruler or paint stick.

CHILDREN’S ADVISORY BOARD Lydia Bolz, age 7 Sam Bové, age 6 Emily Brill, age 3 Laurel Buescher, age 6 Michael Cahill, age 5 Jonah Chellino, age 4 Phoebe Chellino, age 7 Amelia Collins, age 6 Sarah Collins, age 3 Jade Garcia, age 6 Nia Garcia, age 7 Travis Gilson, age 7 Jessica Harman, age 7 Pearl Hoffman-Byer, age 7 Jaiden Kelman, age 7


2. Cut out holes for eyes. 3. Draw the lion’s mouth on

What you do 1. Paint the bottom of the paper plate


collins / happy medium

Farooz Khan-Trunnell, age 7 Eli Khurgin, age 5 Lydia Lommel, age 5 Justus Lommel, age 3 Lucas Malnor, age 7 Isabel McLean, age 7 Reese Mullen, age 7 Hana Perdue, age 6 Manya Rohloff, age 7 Julia Rosenstein, age 7 Abby Staas, age 7 William Staas, age 4 Hunter Stillwell, age 7 Sam Turin, age 6

Ranger Rick Jr. Copyrights © by the National Wildlife Federation. Ranger Rick Jr. is a registered trademark of National Wildlife Federation and is used under license by Nurture Craft Pte Ltd. Material in this issue may not be reproduced, in whole or in part, without permission from the publisher by contacting (email). In Singapore, contact Nurture Craft Pte Ltd, 39B Jalan Peminpin 03-02, Singapore 577184 or email info@nurturecraft.com.

Ąnswers to Back Cover Question: There are 14 zebras in this issue.

The Ranger Rick Jr. logo was created using Shag Lounge, a font by House Industries. Ricky and Sammy Illustrations by Moonbot Studios > Photo taken under controlled conditions < Photo retouched

©2013 by the National Wildlife Federation. Printed in SINGAPORE.


Look Ä&#x201E;gain! How many zebras can you find in the magazine?

yellow-eyed Penguins: Kimball Chen / Kea Photography

Have you ever seen penguins with yellow eyes and pretty pink feet? These rare birds live along the coast of New Zealand.

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