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!
Nocturnal animals are those that are awake at night and asleep during the day. Often it is a way of dodging predators though it can also be to avoid the heat of the day or to catch prey when they are out and active.
To survive in the dark, nocturnal animals often have highly developed senses of hearing or smell and eyes adapted to seeing in low light. Bats rely on echolocation to explore the world around them while spiders rely on webs and shrews on their whiskers!
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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.
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.
The Bengal Tiger, also known as the Indian Tiger, is the most common of all tigers and is a cultural icon.
Black-footed ferrets have a variety of vocalizations, including chatters, chuckles, barks, and hisses.