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.
Omnivores are animals whose diet includes both plants and other animals. Some actively hunt for their food while others scavenge, and the amount of meat or vegetation in their diet varies with species and often with what is available. Omnivores are often opportunistic feeders, taking advantage of what food is around them. This makes them more adaptable and able to cope with changes in their environment.
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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!
Baboons are noisy, sociable animals that live in big groups. They are similar to humans in so many ways. The bond between mother and infant baboon is very special, for example, and baboons even follow a daily routine much like our own!
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.
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.