May, 23 2013

FUN FACTS

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DID YOU KNOW?

Buffalo
Cape buffalos are extremely social and live in large, mixed herds of up to 2000 members! Both sexes have a separate hierarchy, with males dominant over females. Members of the same subgroup will stay in direct contact with each other and will often sleep with their heads resting on one another.

Cheetah
A cheetah is the only big cat that cannot roar.
A cheetah has amazing eyesight during the day and can spot prey from 5 kilometers away. But unlike most cats, cheetahs have poor night vision.
A cheetah needs to drink water only once every three to four days.
A cheetah is the fastest land animal in the world, reaching a top speed of 113-km/ hour.

Crocodile
Crocodiles can go about 28 mph on land—about the speed of a fast human being.
A mother crocodile can carry her young in a pouch inside her mouth.
Crocodiles keep their eyes open under water but close their nostrils!

Elephant
Like human beings, elephants show great respect for their dead. They bury them under tree branches and mourn for them. There have been reports that when elephants come across the bones of a dead elephant, they stop briefly to pay respect.
An elephant has a good memory – they remember and can retrace their grazing routes even if they revisit them after several years.

Giraffe
A giraffe can clean its ears with its 55-centimeter tongue, and can go without water for longer than a camel (two weeks).
A giraffe has no vocal cords to talk but instead, communicate with their tails.
A giraffe can run faster than a horse and go longer without water than a camel.
A giraffe has 4 stomachs.
A giraffe has bluish-purple tongues that are tough and covered in bristly hair to help it eat thorny trees.

Gorillas
Gorillas usually do not sleep in the same nest for more than one night.
An adult gorilla’s brain weighs twenty ounces.

Hippopotamus
A hippo can open its mouth wide enough to fit a 1.25-meter tall child inside.
Hippos naturally secrete a red colored sunscreen that turns brown over time.
The hippo’s closest living relative is the whale.

Leopard
A leopard’s tail is almost as long as its entire body.
After a successful kill, leopards prefer to drag the bodies of their prey up the tree branches, away from other stronger predators like the spotted hyenas and lions.
Small but tough, they have been known to kill crocodiles!

Lions
While the lion is know as the King of the Jungle, he is quite lazy; sleeping and resting for around 20 hours each day.
The roar of a lion can be heard from 8 kilometers away.
The female lions (lionesses) do most of the hunting, while the males defend their pride’s territory.

Monkey
Male monkeys go bald just like men do.

Whale
A female blue whale can produce over 90 gallons of milk each day.
A fifty-long whale’s brain weighs twenty pounds, and tongue around 6,000 pounds.

Birds
Owls are the only birds that can see the color blue.
The Honey Guide bird communicates with people. They use a special call that helps the Maasai people find honeycomb. In return for their help, the Maasai give the birds some of the honeycomb they find.

Africa is home to some of the largest animals on earth: The African elephant is the world's largest land animal. The giraffe is the world's tallest animal. The cheetah is the world's fastest land animal. The gorilla is the world's largest primate.