A note on "other" selections:
One suggestion was Apteryx, which is the scientific name for the kiwi. The kiwi is already on my list for K, so look for it in a bit if you're a kiwi fan.
Finally, I'm a little upset that I forgot the Alpaca, one of my favorite animals. The llama will be in the running for L, though, so there's that to look forward to.