Date Posted: 04/10/2019
On World Animal Day we take a look at some of the animals from across the globe. Which is your favourite?
These majestic animals also known as the “King of the Jungle” can be spotted in Tanzania, Kenya, Botswana, or South Africa.
The largest land animal on the earth isn’t hard to miss! Growing up to 13 feet tall and weighing thousands of pounds, they live in the same area as lions – sub-Saharan Africa. Both male and female African elephants have tusks which they use to dig for their food!
Weighing in around 1,000 pounds, cape buffalos are one of Africa’s most dangerous animals along with hippos and crocodiles. Living in large herds in the grasslands of sub-Saharan Africa these massive creatures are not to be messed with.
Antarctica is home to seven types of penguins including emperor penguins. Penguins may be unable to fly through the air, but they can soar under water up to 25mph!
With a wingspan of up to 11 feet and sleek feathers, Albatross’s look very graceful when they fly. Not only do they have a lifespan of 80-85 years but they also mate for life.
These strong creatures can jump up to nearly 50 feet! Elusive by nature, these cats are rarely seen by humans and live in the mountains of Central Asia. Sadly, these beautiful species are on the endangered species list.
The largest of the big cats, Bengal tigers live in India, south-east Asia, north-east China and Russia’s far east. Tigers hunt mostly at night, and rely heavily on their sight which is 6 times better than humans.
Found in the mountains of central China, giant pandas are one of the most well-known bears in Asia. Unfortunately, these shy animals are also on the endangered species list with only 1,000 left in the wild.
One of the most recognisable animals in Australia, a kangaroo has strong hind legs and gray kangaroos can hop at over 35mph! Newborn kangaroos are the size of a cherry, living in their mother’s pouches until 10-11 months old.
Taking the crown for #napgoals koala bears can sleep up to 18 hours a day. Despite being referred to as a bear a koala is in fact a marsupial – just like kangaroos!
Growing over 20 feet long and weighing over 2,000 pounds, saltwater crocodiles are the largest of crocodiles.
The Eurasian lynx lives in Scandinavia, Northern Europe and can also be found in parts of Asia. In the 19th century it was nearly extirpated from much of Europe but is once again being introduced to the region.
Reindeers can be found in Russia and Scandinavia. They migrate in herds north during the summer and head south in the winter and sometimes travel more than 500 miles. No wonder they are Santa’s choice of flying partners.
Rarely spotted bob cats live throughout North America. The nocturnal animals are twice the size of the average house cat and are fierce hunters.
Living in the Arctic, and unlike other bears, polar bears do not hibernate and can hunt seals all year round. Their skin is black and absorbs the sun’s heat to help keep them warm and despite looking white their fur is in fact clear and reflects light giving it its white appearance.
In North America you will discover several different species of bears. In North America, as far south as Mexico and north into Canada you will find black bears with grizzly bears living in the Northern Rocky Mountains, Western Canada and Alaska.
The extremely slow sloth tops out at 0.15mph. You can find them hanging out in the trees of the jungles of Central and South America. They are that slow that algae grows on their coats! Speed may not be on their side but they are known to be good swimmers.
Or as you may recognise them - Marcel from Friends. The monkeys have a look of a brown robe on their body and top of their head whilst their face is lighter. Sometimes kept as exotic pets, the capuchin monkey can be found in Central and South America.
The world’s largest rodent weighs up to 150 pounds and is four feet long. Living in savannas and rain forests they escape their predators by swimming away. Usually living in groups of 20 these highly social creatures have also been found in packs of nearly 100!
Great White Shark
The ocean’s most infamous inhabitant, found in cool, coastal waters around the world including California and South Africa. The great white shark is the largest predatory sea creature, and studies have shown that these sharks are very curious. If it’s of any comfort- they bite not to attack but often to see what the object is.
Aka Free Willy. Orca whales typically live in cool, coastal waters like the great white sharks, however, they have been seen as far south as the equator. Communicating through clicks, whistles and screeches, these powerful predators hunt in pods. Working together they prey on seals, sea lions, fish and squid and have been known to surround sharks as well as knocking seals off ice.
Don’t get these confused with jellyfish. The top of these siphonophore floats on the surface of the ocean, going whichever way the wind and current take it. Underneath the surface the long testicles averaging around 30 feet are covered in venomous nematocysts. The sting may not be fatal, but even a detached tentacle can sting.