Mar 23

National Wildlife Week is under way in the US this week and the theme is “Celebrating Extra-ordinary Wildlife”. Shining a spotlight on incredible species happens to be our specialty here at ARKive (although, we do think every species is special!) so we decided to comb through the collection to highlight some of the species on ARKive with near-super hero powers.

The Skydiver

First on our list is the peregrine falcon. Just what makes this bird so amazing? Reaching aerial diving speeds of up to 155mph, this raptor is incredibly swift and nearly embodies the term “fast food” as it catches its prey in mid-air!

Photo of peregrine falcon at the top of a stoop

The Globetrotter

Next up is the world’s largest canid, the grey wolf. This efficient predator has keen eyesight to pick out weak, young or vulnerable prey and a crushing jaw pressure of 1,500 pounds per square inch. Known as trotters, they have the endurance to cover up to 60 miles a day in search of food!

Arctic wolf running in snow


The River King

Can you swim against cold, rushing waters while leaping over sharp, craggy rocks? The Atlantic salmon can! This leaper has been called the king of fish primarily due to its spectacular ability to clear seemingly insurmountable obstacles.

Photo of female Atlantic salmon leaping up waterfall

The Invincible Sage

This superhero species has super skills in longevity. The American alligator is considered to be a living fossil, having survived on Earth in the same form for 200 million years. Not many species can claim that extra-ordinary feat!

American alligator photo

The Mighty Mouse

Our last superhero is tiny but springloaded. The woodland jumping mouse can leap up to 3 meters high, using its hind limbs for propulsion and tail for balance. Sure he might not be able to leap tall buildings in a single bound but if a 6ft human had the same bounding skills, he probably could!

Woodland jumping mouse grooming

There are many superheroes hidden throughout the ARKive collection. Do you have a favorite superhero species you would like to share with us? Let us know in the comments below!

Maggie Graham, Program Assistant, Wildscreen USA

  • Cameron (March 26th, 2012 at 11:17 am):

    Northern Goshawk is a true secret superhero! Awesome birds!!;)