Aardvarks are tough mammals that live throughout Sub-Saharan Africa. They can eat 50,000 ants a night and are brilliantly adapted to digging with their spade-shaped feet. As prey animals, Aardvarks are food for many species. This makes them a vital part of the ecosystem. Their old burrows provide homes for other animals such as African Wild Dogs.
A good sense of hearing is important to many animals, but especially those that live in the dark or are active at night as they can't rely on their eyes as much as we do. Sound also travels better in water than light does, so it is essential to many marine animals.
By listening to the world around them, animals can find prey, locate potential mates and hear oncoming predators.
Find out which animals hiding within our A-Z archives have the best hearing below and click the photos to find out more.
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Meet Africa’s most successful hunter! By working together, African wild dogs can take on prey much larger than themselves, and their success rate is 80% – that’s far more than lions, who kill successfully 30% of the time! What they hunt depends on pack size – larger packs can take on bigger prey, such as wildebeest or zebra, while smaller packs hunt antelope.
The American Pika lives in isolated rocky areas at up to 3,000 metres in elevation and is well-adapted to cold alpine climates. Biologists fear that these hearty creatures may not survive global warming; unlike many wildlife species that are shifting their ranges north or to higher altitudes in response to changing climate, pikas have nowhere else to go.
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.
Like human children, bear cubs are extremely playful; and just like human mothers, if things get too rough, mother bears will make them stop to protect them from hurting themselves.
The Bengal Tiger, also known as the Indian Tiger, is the most common of all tigers and is a cultural icon.
The Black Bear is the most familiar and smallest of bears found in North America. Interestingly, despite their name, their coats can be coloured black, brown, cinnamon, blue-black, blue-grey and even white.