The Adélie Penguin lives along the coastline and the small islands of the Antarctic continent. It breeds in rocky, ice-free coastal areas. When the sea freezes in the winter, they travel north and forage in the open ocean. Warming of the air and ocean is causing a decline in the West Antarctic Peninsula colonies.
Social animals are those animals who are highly interactive with other animals, usually members of their own species. For example, permanent groups of adults living together who have a recognizable and distinct society.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Basking sharks can be found in temperate waters around the globe and are the world’s second largest living fish reaching an impressive 8 metres (that’s almost the length of two cars).