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 mammal is a warm-blooded vertebrate animal. They are known for having hair or fur, a four-chambered heart, and females that have mammary glands for suckling young. Most will give birth to live young, however there are a few that will lay eggs.
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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.
Amazon river dolphins are a strong part of Amazon folklore. Some say that if a person drowns, their spirit enters the body of a boto, while others say river dolphins transform into beautiful people at night to lure humans into their river forever. The magical shape-shifters will always wear a white hat to hide their dolphin blowhole!
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.
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!
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!