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.
Excellent sense of smell
Smell is essential in the animal kingdom, though more so to some animals than others. Species with a keen sense of smell use scent to find food and mates, to keep track of their young and to communicate, for example, through territory marking.
Bears are said to have one of the best senses of smell on the planet with some species thought to smell prey over 20 miles away - could you imagine having a nose that powerful? Amazing.
Click on the photos below to find out more about bears and some of the other animals with amazing noses!
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African bush elephants, also known as Savanna elephants, are one of the largest mammals alive! They live on grass, fruit and roots. They spend most of their day eating, as they need to eat a large amount to get the calories they need. They strip leaves and branches off trees using their powerful trunk, and they use their tusks for digging and for scraping bark.
Female alligators construct nests of vegetation and mud and can lay over 50 eggs in a single season. The sex of a newborn alligator depends on temperature. Incubation temperatures of 30°C or below will produce females, whereas 34°C or above will produce males. Alligators are amongst the most attentive parents in the reptile world, remaining with their young for up to three years.
Small but mighty insects, ants live on all continents except Antarctica, though they favour moist tropical regions. There are around 2.5 million ants for every human on earth and over 12,000 known species with thousands more yet to discover. They are eusocial insects that live in complex societies and communicate using pheromones. They work together to get jobs done.
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.
Translated from Spanish to mean ‘little armoured one’, armadillos are the only living mammal with such a shell!
Badgers are fantastic diggers. They live in family groups in underground homes known as setts. Setts can have many rooms, linked by tunnels and and are kept exceptionally clean.