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!
Excellent sense of smell
Smell is essential in the animal kingdom, though more so to some animals than others. Species with a keen sense of smell use scent to find food and mates, to keep track of their young and to communicate, for example, through territory marking.
Bears are said to have one of the best senses of smell on the planet with some species thought to smell prey over 20 miles away - could you imagine having a nose that powerful? Amazing.
Click on the photos below to find out more about bears and some of the other animals with amazing noses!
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The African Bush Elephant, also known as the Savanna Elephant, can weigh up to 5.5 tonnes, making it one of the largest mammals alive!
Alligators are amongst the most attentive parents in the reptile world, remaining with their young for as long as three years.
Ant societies have division of labour, communication between individuals, and the ability to solve complex problems. These parallels with human societies have long been an inspiration and subject of study.
Adapted to live in some of the harshest conditions on earth, the arctic fox can survive in temperatures as low as -50C (-58F)
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.