Fun Facts

Fun Fact - agouti
The agouti, a rodent from tropical South America buries Brazil nuts for later use in case it gets hungry. Because it loses some of the buried nuts, many of the nuts sprout into trees. That's good for the forest and the agouti can always find more nuts.
Fun Fact - Asian elephant
Have you heard? Asian elephants have smaller external ears than African elephants, but Asian elephants hear just as well as their African cousins.
Fun Fact - Baikal Seal
The Baikal seal is the world's only seal species that lives exclusively in fresh water, specifically in Asia's Lake Baikal.
Fun Fact - beetles
About a quarter of all the discovered, described animals on earth are beetles.
Fun Fact - cheetah
A cheetah can sprint up to 70 miles per hour, and never get a speeding ticket! At top speed, the cat's is completely free of the ground most of the time.
Fun Fact - elephant communication
Elephants can communicate with each other over a distance of six miles by broadcasting deep, low frequency, rumbling sounds.
Fun Fact - elephant trunk
The Asian elephant has a finger-like tip on the end of its trunk; the African elephant has two. These trunk tips can pick up objects as small as a blade of elephant grass.
Fun Fact - female red kangaroo
Females red kangaroos are smaller and faster than males. They also have a bluish coat, so they're called "blue flyers.
Fun Fact - flamingo
The American greater flamingo gets its pink color from the algae and tiny crustaceans it eats.
Fun Fact - florida panther
One male Florida panther needs as much as 200 square miles of wild, undamaged habitat.
Fun Fact - florida panther habitat
To prevent highways from dividing up Florida panther habitat, wildlife officials provide them with highway underpasses. This helps ensure that the big cats have safe travels. S
Fun Fact - gator
The largest American alligator on record measured 19 feet, 2 inches, and it lived in Louisiana.
Fun Fact - gator croc difference
How do all alligators look different from crocodiles? The standard rule is this: When a croc’s mouth is closed, the fourth pair of teeth on its lower jaw is visible. On alligators these teeth are covered up.
Fun Fact - giraffe tounge
The reticulated giraffe has a bluish tongue. This adaptation prevents the tongue from getting sunburned.
Fun Fact - hippo
People used to think that hippos sweated blood. They do not. Instead, hippo skin secretes red hipposudoric acid, which works like a sunscreen to protect the sparsely haired beast from the burning rays of the sun.
Fun Fact - kangaroo mob
A group of kangaroos is called a mob.
Fun Fact - koala digestive
Koalas have a specialized digestive system that removes the toxins from eucalyptus leaves. The toxins, which serve as important natural insecticides, are poisonous to most other animals.
Fun Fact - koala sleep
Koalas sleep between 18 and 22 hours per day.
Fun Fact - male rhino
Warning: greater one-horned rhinos can urinate backward ten feet or more to either mark territory or to spray at any animal sneaking up on it.
Fun Fact - mammals
You are a mammal. All mammals have four-chambered hearts, three unique ear bones in each ear, they nurse their young, and almost all have hair at some point in their lives. 
Fun Fact - platypus
The platypus has a venomous spur on each of its hind ankles. It is one of only three known egg-laying mammals. (The other two, called echidnas, look like small spiny anteaters.)
Fun Fact - rhino
The best way to tell one rhino from another is to politely request some form of identification. Kidding! Seriously, African rhinos have two horns, the Indian or greater one-horned rhino has only one horn.
Fun Fact - S.A. beetle
The South American longhorn beetle grows more than six inches long; not including its ridiculously long antennae!
Fun Fact - tiger lifespan
Tigers are the largest of all cats. The average natural lifespan of a wild tiger is eight to ten years.
Fun Fact - tiger mother
To defend its young, a tiger will attack an elephant, which can be 20 times the cat's weight. Sounds like any mother who is protective of her young.
Fun Fact - tree kangaroo
Did you know that some kangaroos live in trees? Zoo Miami is working with conservationists in northern New Guinea to study and protect wild Matschie's tree kangaroos.
Fun Fact- Indian rhino noise
Among the rhinos play list of vocal sounds are: mooing, honking, groaning, roaring, honking, snorting, and shrieking. How many of those sounds can you make?
Fun Facts - African weaverbird
The African weaverbird expertly ties knots, crafting a complex nest with two rooms plus an entryway. It stands on one foot as it ties knots with its beak and other foot.
Fun Facts - harpy eagle
The harpy eagle, one of the most powerful birds of prey, can grab monkeys and sloths off trees using its sharp talons.
Fun Facts - homo sapiens
The earliest known fossils of modern humans, Homo sapiens, were found in Africa. They date back roughly 200,000 years.
Fun Facts - lion hunting
Among prides of lions, the female does most of the hunting.
Fun Facts - Spitting Cobras
Spitting cobras can spray venom six feet or more from out of openings in the front of their fangs. Not usually fatal, the spray can temporarily blind animals that get too close. 
Fun Facts -anteater
The giant anteater's sticky tongue is up to 2 feet long. Using this spaghetti-thin structure it can eat as many as 30,000 ants and termites a day. 

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