The Adélie Penguin lives along the coastline and the small islands of the Antarctic continent. It breeds in rocky, ice-free coastal areas. When the sea freezes in the winter, they travel north and forage in the open ocean. Warming of the air and ocean is causing a decline in the West Antarctic Peninsula colonies.
Animals use camouflage to blend in with their environment, with some even able to change colour to match their background!
Camouflage increases the chance of survival for prey animals that hide from danger but is also useful for predators who want to blend in and ambush prey.
Click on the photos below to find out how the animals use camouflage to help them.
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Amur Leopards are one of the rarest felines in the world. They are confined to the Primorye region of southeastern Russia and northern China. They have thick white or cream fur with large, widely spaced black spots called “rosettes” covering the head, back, tail and legs, and long bushy tails that they use as a blanket in winter when temperatures drop!
Anacondas are the heaviest snakes in the world, with individuals weighing up to 250 kg. They are semi-aquatic snakes that live in the tropical habitat of South America and feed on a range of species including tapirs and caimans. Their status is currently unknown, but deforestation, forest fires and climate change threaten their rainforests they call home.
Arctic foxes are one of the iconic animals of the Arctic tundra. Their pure white coats camouflage them as they travel vast distances across this hostile environment in search of prey. Once killed for their fur, a hunting ban means that their populations are recovering, but climate change is now a threat and is forcing them to compete with red foxes.
Atlantic salmon are incredible fish that migrate thousands of miles in their lifetime from saltwater to freshwater habitats to spawn. Migrations are incredible to watch, with salmon leaping their way up streams and waterfalls!
The Bengal Tiger, also known as the Indian Tiger, is the most common of all tigers and is a cultural icon.
The bobcat is crepuscular, being most active at dawn and dusk, although they become more diurnal during autumn and winter in response to prey activity.