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.
Herbivores are animals that get their food solely from plants. Due to their plant-based diet, the mouths and digestive systems of herbivorous animals have special adaptions for eating plant material. For example, did you know that cow stomachs have four compartments to help breakdown the vegetation they eat?
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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.
Beavers are social animals, living in large family groups of monogamous parents, young kits, and the yearlings from the previous spring.
Masters of camouflage and expert rock climbers, this goat-like animal lives in the mountains of the Himalayas.
Black Rhinos are actually grey in colour and distinguished from their relative the White Rhino by lip shape and diet.
These majestic animals cross vast distances in huge numbers when migrating to find food and water.
They might look like a large gentle rabbit, but brown hares are powerful athletes that can reach speeds of 45mph. They’re also famous for their boxing skills!