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Real Creatures

Tartans have been designed to pay homage to wild creatures, domesticated animals, endangered species and beloved pets.

Click any picture to navigate to the page of interest for more information about this tartan or its associated day.

Australian Heavy Horse

Jan 18
Heavy Horse Day

Designed, firstly for the Clydesdale breed and then further extended to include all heavy work horse breeds in Australia, in recognition of the heavy horses in the establishment of agriculture in Australia and the revival of their use in the new millennium. The main colours of the tartan represent the breed of heavy horses. The dark grey and black also represents the use of horses in industry, with green for Australian agriculture and brown for the ploughed fields.

Groundhog

Feb 2
Groundhog Day

From the designer: "If the sun comes out on a clear blue morning, the Groundhog will see his shadow. Again, the darker "shadow" portion is asymmetrical as if light is shining on the lines from the left hand side. The turquoise seemed to go with the bright yellow and reminded me of a warm Caribbean vacation, which I am sure many people on the East Coast may be dreaming of right now."

Monarch

Feb 5
Western Monarch Day

by designer Carol A.L. Martin

Blue Whale

Feb 21
World Whale Day

by designer Carol A.L. Martin

Polar Bear

Feb 27
Polar Bear Day

by designer Carol A.L. Martin

Fawn

Mar 3
World Wildlife Day

by designer Carol A.. Martin this tartan uses the camouflage colours of the baby fawn.

Edinburgh Zoo Panda

Mar 16
Panda Day

Created to celebrate the arrival of a breeding pair of pandas at Edinburgh Zoo. The main colours of the tartan are black and white, directly representing the Panda’s. Grey shades have been added to soften the tartan as well as to convey the gradation of colour from black to white, as seen on the Panda’s fur. The red represents China as the pandas are their gift. Green has also been included to represent the pandas' favourite food, bamboo.

Old Frog (Frog Day)

Mar 20
World Frog Day

by designer Carol A.L. Martin

Springbok

Apr 3
African Animal Day

Produced to celebrate the Springbok (antidorcas marsupialis), a swift and graceful gazelle of Africa, this animal gets its common name from its characteristic jumping display - 'pronk' in Afrikaans, meaning to boast or show off. The many different shades of green resemble the fertile veld of South Africa where the Springbok grazes. The Springbok itself was the inspiration for the centre of the sett, focussing on its beautiful lustrous eyes and the white patch on its back.

Coding With Beagles

Apr 22
Beagle Day

This tartan uses the colors of the tri-colour beagle

Koala

May 3
Wild Koala Day

by designers F J & M W Lawson

Leopard

May 3
Leopard Day

by designer Carol A.L. Martin

Australian Donkey

May 8
Donkey Day

Requested by Australian donkey breeders to recognise all breeds of donkeys and to commemorate their assistance with man throughout history. Released 4th October 2006, the Feast of St Francis, patron Saint of animals, and also adopted as patron Saint of donkeys.

Old Frog

May 13
Jumping Frog Day

Bumblebee

May 20
Bee Day

by designer Carol A.L. Martin

Eurasian Otter (Dòbhran Eurasian)

May 26
World Otter Day

The Betta

Jun 18
Aquarium Day

Blackburn Appalachian

Jul 16
World Snake Day

Designed for the Blackburn family throughout the Appalachian region, the colours black, yellow and scarlet represent the coral snake, one of the dangers faced by generations of Blackburns, living in and migrating through green wilderness in the New World.

Glenguineapigs

Jul 16
Guinea Pig Day

by designer McSprea - a Glen Plaid variation on the Guinea Pigs for Deborah tartan

Guinea Pigs for Deborah

Jul 16
Guinea Pig Day

by designer Carol A.L. Martin

Luna Moth

Jul 24
Moth Days

by designer Carol A.L. Martin

Year of the Tiger

Jul 29
Tiger Day

This tartan, created for The Year of the Tiger in 2010, represents the designers view of the colours of the tiger "white and gold with black stripes and yellow eyes. - Oh, and lots of sharp 'teeth'". ​

Iona the Ragdoll

Aug 8
Cat Day

Scottish Wildcat

Aug 8
Scottish Wildcat Day

The sales of this tartan are intended to benefit habitat reservation and conservation efforts to help preserve the cats. .

Pink Elephant

Aug 12
World Elephant Day

by designer Carol A.L. Martin

Timber Wolf

Aug 13
Wolf Day

Tartan design by Carol A.L. Martin

All Breeds Dairy Goats

Aug 21
Goat Day

A tartan to represent dairy goats of the world

Little Brown Bat (Bat Night)

Aug 27
Bat Night

by designer Carol A.L. Martin

Blue Lobster, Orange Lobster

Sep 25
Lobster Day

by designer Carol A.L. Martin

Cunningham

Sep 25
International Rabbit Day

REAL CREATURES COLLECTION

Oct-4
World Animal Day

Red Rum

Oct 13
Red Rum Day

Commemorating the famous race horse Red Rum. Green was for the turf and Maroon and Gold were the racing colours.

Dark Grey Wolf

Oct 24
Werewolf Night

Tartan design by Carol A.L. Martin

Black Cat

Oct 27
Black Cat Night

Tartan design by Carol A.L. Martin

Icelandic Horse

Nov 16
World Horse Appreciation Day

by designer Carol A.L. Martin

Cheetah

Dec 4
Cheetah Day

by designer Carol A.L. Martin

Miss Jenny

Dec 4
Cheetah Day

Palomino

Dec 13
The Day of the Horse

by designer Carol A.L. Martin

Arctic Fox

Dec 26
Fox Appreciation Day

This tartan by Carol A.L. Martin, "represents the changing colour phases of the thick fur coat of the Arctic fox, which are shades of brown in summer and white and bluish-grey in winter. Their eyes are often a deep golden yellow. The Arctic fox is native to Arctic regions of the Northern Hemisphere and is the only land mammal native to Iceland."

Red Fox

Dec 26
Fox Appreciation Day

This tartan by Carol A.L. Martin uses the striking colors of the red fox.

Clydesdale Horse

Jan 18
Heavy Horse Day

The Clydesdale, Percheron, Suffolk and the Shire are all important working horses in Australia.

Groundhog

Feb 2
Groundhog Day

According to folklore, if it is cloudy when a groundhog emerges from its burrow on this day, then spring will come early; if it is sunny, the groundhog will supposedly see its shadow and retreat back into its burrow, and the winter weather will persist for six more weeks.

Western Monarch

Feb 5
Western Monarch Day

The Western Monarch (Danaus plexippus) may be the most familiar North American butterfly, with its easily recognizable black, orange, and white wing pattern. ​ The North American monarch population is notable for its annual southward late-summer/autumn migration from the United States and southern Canada to Mexico. During the fall migration, monarchs cover thousands of miles, with a corresponding multi-generational return north.

Blue Whale and Calf

Feb 21
World Whale Day

All blue whale groups make calls at a fundamental frequency between 10 and 40 Hz; the lowest frequency sound a human can typically perceive is 20 Hz. Blue whale calls last between ten and thirty seconds. Blue whales off the coast of Sri Lanka have been repeatedly recorded making "songs" of four notes, lasting about two minutes each, reminiscent of the well-known humpback whale songs. ​

Polar Bears

Feb 27
Polar Bear Day

Their scientific name means "maritime bear", and derives from the fact that polar bears hunt their preferred food of seals from the edge of sea ice, often living off fat reserves when no sea ice is present. Because of their dependence on the sea ice, polar bears are classified as marine mammals. ​

Twin Fawns

Mar 3
World Wildlife Day

The coloration of a fawn's coat helps the fawn to blend in with the forest floor and dappled light and remain hidden from predators.

Panda mother and cub

Mar 16
Panda Day

The rarest member of the bear family, pandas live mainly in bamboo forests high in the mountains of western China, where they subsist almost entirely on bamboo, eating from 26 to 84 pounds of it every day.

California red-legged frog

Mar 20
World Frog Day

The California red-legged frog is found in California and extreme northern Baja California, northwestern Mexico. This species now occurs most commonly along the northern and southern Coast Ranges, and in isolated areas in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains.

"Pronking" Springbok

Apr 3
African Animal Day

The springbok (Antidorcas marsupialis) is a medium-sized brown and white antelope-gazelle of southwestern Africa. The common name "springbok" comes from the Afrikaans and Dutch words spring = jump and bok = male antelope or goat.

Beagles

Apr 22
Beagle Day

From medieval times, beagle was used as a description for smaller hounds of many breeds. Miniature breeds of beagle-type dogs were known from the times of Edward II and Henry VII, who both had packs of the very diminutive Glove Beagle, and Queen Elizabeth I kept a breed known as a Pocket Beagle, which stood only 8 to 9 inches at the shoulder.

Koala and Eucalyptus

May 3
Wild Koala Day

Koalas were hunted by Indigenous Australians and depicted in myths and cave art for thousands of years. The first recorded encounter between a European and a koala was in 1798, and an image of the animal was published in 1810 by naturalist George Perry.

Mother Leopard and Cub

May 3
Leopard Day

Both leopards and snow leopards have a melanistic variation in which their coats are fully black (though the rosettes can be seen as shadows). In this variation they are known as black panthers.

Australian Donkey

May 8
Donkey Day

Feral donkeys in Australia are donkeys (scientific name Equus asinus) which escaped from captivity, and are living and breeding in the wild.

Jumping Frog

May 13
Jumping Frog Day

Pollen collecting

May 20
Bee Day

The word "bumblebee" is a compound of "bumble" + "bee" — "bumble" meaning to hum, buzz, drone, or move ineptly or flounderingly. In early centuries, they were also known as "humblebees" or "dumbledors."

Eurasian Otter

May 26
World Otter Day

Photo: Jonathan Goddard

Siamese Fighting Fish

Jun 18
Aquarium Day

Siamese Fighting Fish

Jul 16
World Snake Day

Remember: "Red and yellow, kill a fellow; red and black, friend of Jack."

Guinea Pig in Glen Plaid

Jul 16
Guinea Pig Day

The domestic guinea pig has enjoyed widespread popularity as a household pet, a type of pocket pet, ever since its introduction by European traders in the 16th century. Their docile nature; friendly, even affectionate responsiveness to handling and feeding; and the relative ease of caring for them continue to make guinea pigs a popular choice of pet.

A Muddle of Guinea Pigs

Jul 16
Guinea Pig Day

The humble guinea pig gets a tartan tribute in the warm colors of the different breeds.

Luna Moths

Jul 24
Moth Days

Luna Moths are huge moths, members of the Saturniidae family, also known as the "Giant Silkworm Moths" with a wingspan of four and a half inches. They have a white body, pinkish legs, and huge pale green wings. The hindwings have eyespots and long tails. They fly only at night, in spring and early summer.

Tiger and cub

Jul 29
Tiger Day

Tigers feature prominently in ancient mythology and folklore. They appear on many flags, coats of arms, and as mascots for sporting teams. The tiger is the national animal of Bangladesh, India, Malaysia and South Korea.