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.
Nocturnal animals are those that are awake at night and asleep during the day. Often it is a way of dodging predators though it can also be to avoid the heat of the day or to catch prey when they are out and active.
To survive in the dark, nocturnal animals often have highly developed senses of hearing or smell and eyes adapted to seeing in low light. Bats rely on echolocation to explore the world around them while spiders rely on webs and shrews on their whiskers!
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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.
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.
The Bengal Tiger, also known as the Indian Tiger, is the most common of all tigers and is a cultural icon.
Black-footed ferrets have a variety of vocalizations, including chatters, chuckles, barks, and hisses.