Monday, May 19, 2014

Animal Signs

As we have traveled around the country we have noticed some fun signs relating to animals. Florida seems to have a preponderance of them. I decided I needed to start photographing them and keeping a record. I hope to add to this as I come across more:
In Crystal River, Florida. Careful of the manatees.
On Sanibel Island, Florida. One of several gopher tortoise signs.
Sanibel Island.
Along Gator Alley, or the Tamiami Trail. Watch for pumas.
I didn't actually photograph this one. I just remembered that I saw signs showing the animal and naming the animal. This is an example of a sign warning of panthers.
We ran into a number of crocodile crossing signs between Everglades National Park and the Florida Keys. I got this from the internet.
A moose sign in New Hampshire near Conway. They are concerned for human life.
In Alaska, they are concerned for moose lives, telling you how many moose have been killed in a particular area. This sign does not give a number, but we saw several that did give numbers and the numbers was in the hundreds. 
A more traditional moose sign in Alaska. This type was closer to the population centers. This was just outside Anchorage. 
Buffalo sign in Custer State Park, South Dakota
Similar buffalo sign in Custer State Park.
Bison sign in Badlands NP, South Dakota.
Wildlife sign in Custer State Park.
Beware of Rattlesnakes in Badlands NP.
Prairie Dogs in Badlands NP.
Turtle crossing sign outside Custer, SD where a large pond is on both sides of the road.
Bighorn Sheep sign near Hill City, SD.
Colorado also has its share of animal signs.
Deer sign outside of Buena Vista.
I got this off the internet because I was driving too fast to stop and take a picture. This bighorn sheep sign was in a canyon outside of Denver to the east.
This elk sign was in Central Colorado south of Salida, I believe. 
We also ran into a few fun signs in Africa:
In the Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
In Nairobi National Park
At the Serena Mountain Lodge in Mount Kenya NR.
A caribou sign in Alaska.
Another caribou sign in Alaska near Denali NP. Note, this caribou has larger antlers than the one above. It also has been shot at.
Duck sign in Alaska
We just recently found some animal signs in California:
Beware of mountain lions and rattlesnakes in Griffith Park.
Rattlesnakes in Griffith Park.
Watch for bears in Mt. Magazine State Park in Arkansas.
Close to home, this sign near Oak Glenn, is a visual representation of a mother bear and her cub. 

A sign for the Barbary Ape or Barbary Macaque outside Azrou, Morocco.
A sign for the Barbary Stag, also known as the Atlas Deer, a subspecies of the Red Deer. They were extinct in Morocco for a time but have been reintroduced. 
Along Highway 8 between Lukeville, Arizona and Puerto Penasco, Sonora, Mexico, the El Pinacate Biosphere Reserve is along most of the west side of the highway. We found the following animal signs.
The endangered Sonoran antelope is a resident of the Biosphere. This photo was taken through the windshield during a driving rain. 
Coyotes are not endangered, but they are apparently concerned about them. 
This is the same sign for bighorn sheep we saw in Colorado. 
Buffalo are rounded up annually at Antelope Island State Park in Utah, on the Great Salt Lake, and the excess buffalo are sold at auction. 

On a more recent trip to Antelope Island, I got a photo of this sign. 
In Cabeza Prieta NWR in southern Arizona there is a captive breeding herd of the endangered Sonoran pronghorn. There is a mile square fence housing about 70 pronghorn. Along the dirt road near the pen the following sign is posted in a number of places:


  1. I've hit a few deer in my life, but I hope to avoid moose and crocodiles collisions forever. Some interesting signs!

  2. Admit it--each of these signs raises your hopes for adventure.