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!
A good sense of hearing is important to many animals, but especially those that live in the dark or are active at night as they can't rely on their eyes as much as we do. Sound also travels better in water than light does, so it is essential to many marine animals.
By listening to the world around them, animals can find prey, locate potential mates and hear oncoming predators.
Find out which animals hiding within our A-Z archives have the best hearing below and click the photos to find out more.
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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.
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.
Adapted to live in some of the harshest conditions on earth, the arctic fox can survive in temperatures as low as -50C (-58F)
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.
The Bengal Tiger, also known as the Indian Tiger, is the most common of all tigers and is a cultural icon.
The Black Bear is the most familiar and smallest of bears found in North America. Interestingly, despite their name, their coats can be coloured black, brown, cinnamon, blue-black, blue-grey and even white.