Hippos bask on the shoreline and secrete an oily red substance, which gave rise to the myth that they sweat blood. The liquid is actually a skin moistener and sunblock that may also provide protection against germs.
Species listed as vulnerable under the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species are not endangered currently, but are considered at high risk of being endangered in the wild.
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The Leatherback Turtle is the 4th largest reptile in the world. That is heavier than some rhinos!
Like cats kept as companions, leopards will growl when angry and purr when content.
Lions are the only big cats to live in groups, called prides. Prides are close family groups.
Olive ridley sea turtles return to the beach they were born to lay their eggs, some travelling over hundreds of miles to return to the same spot.
When threatened ostriches run although their powerful, long legs can be formidable weapons, capable of killing a human or a potential predator like a lion with a forward kick.
At home in the ice-covered Arctic, Polar Bears are the world’s largest land carnivore. They feed mostly on seals, can swim up to 60 miles without a break and can sniff out prey up to 10 miles away.