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.
Mountains are areas of land that are higher in altitude than the surrounding environment; they are steep and usually form a peak at the top. The higher altitudes mean mountains have a cooler climate at the top than the surrounding area. They can occur singularly, or as part of a mountain range.
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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.
Masters of camouflage and expert rock climbers, this goat-like animal lives in the mountains of the Himalayas.
Baby camels are born without humps. They are however able to run within hours of birth. They call to their mothers with a lamb-like “baa” sound. Mother and child camel pairings are extremely close, staying together for several years.
The cheetah is the fastest land animal in the world, reaching speeds of up to 113km/h. They can accelerate from 0 to 100km/h in just 3 seconds.
Chinchillas are highly sociable animals. In the wild they live in colonies of over 100 individuals.
Deer are the only group of animals in the world to have antlers. Antlers are the fastest growing living tissue in the world!
Gerbils have a quiet and calm nature. They are inquisitive and curious and not easily startled.