Aardvarks look a bit like pigs, with rabbit-like ears and a kangaroo’s tail – yet they are not related to any of these animals. In fact, one of their closest living relatives is the elephant!
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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.
Like other dogs, African wild dogs are highly social. They usually live in packs of six to twenty individuals with a dominant breeding pair. They communicate through a variety of vocalisations, movements and touch.
Alligators are amongst the most attentive parents in the reptile world, remaining with their young for as long as three years.
The Amazon River Dolphin flushes a brighter shade of pink when it is surprised or excited. Just like a human blushing!
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.
The Amur Leopard is one of the rarest felines in the world. They are speedy creatures able to run up to 35 miles per hour, faster than Usain Bolt!
Anacondas are the heaviest snakes in the world. They live in water and so can often slither unnoticed along the riverbed.