Giant anteaters are usually found in tropical and deciduous forests as well as the grasslands of Central and South America. They do not have any teeth but have a tongue which is more than 60cm in length and a tiny 1.25mm wide which they put to good use by eating over 30000 insects per day! […]
The golden mantella is a small, terrestrial frog endemic to Madagascar. It is a uniformly yellow, orange, or red frog measuring 20–26 mm. Brightly coloured skin warns predators that the frog is poisonous.
The Shetland pony is a breed of pony originating in the Shetland Isles, located northeast of mainland Scotland. They have heavy coats, short legs and are considered quite intelligent. They are a very strong breed of pony, used for riding, driving, and pack purposes. Photo Credit: Silver & Gold Shetland
In the wild, reindeer live between 10 and 20 years, with females outliving the males by up to 10 years. They live in large herds and migrate to breeding grounds where food is more plentiful. They are strong swimmers and readily cross rivers to reach their destination. They have an excellent sense of smell which […]
The caracal is a medium-sized cat that lives in woodlands and savannas in Africa, Southwest Asia and the Arabian Peninsula. They are carnivores which are nocturnal (hunting at night) and solitary. The word comes from the Turkish karakulak, meaning black ear. Each ear is controlled by about 20 muscles, helping a caracal zero in on the […]
Donkeys are the smallest members of the equine family. Since their domestication over 4000 years ago, they have been an important part of human civilization and culture. Donkeys are also known as burros, jackstocks and asses, but regardless of name, all donkeys are descended from the African Wild Ass, which is now critically endangered. Photo […]
The llama is a South American camelid, widely used as a pack animal by the Incas and other natives of the Andes mountains. These sure-footed animals can carry as much as 200 pounds for 12 hours a day, but they are not ridden. Photo Credit: Evelyn Simak
A member of the weasel family, polecats were once widespread and common throughout mainland Britain. They are solitary in nature and active throughout the year. Their favoured habitat is woodland, riverbank and surrounding farmland. They will hunt by night or by day for small rodents, birds and insects using a keen sense of smell to locate […]
It is the tawny owl which hoots and our most common owl in Britain. It is totally nocturnal, roosting by day in a hollow tree or thick bush, often holly. Its habitat is very different to the barn owl, being mainly woodland areas and its diet of small mammals and birds will also consist of […]
The fox is a remarkably adaptable and successful animal found, where food is plentiful, in almost every habitat. It is a success because it is willing to eat almost anything and has become particularly adept at surviving alongside man in farmland and urban areas. With its bushy tail, large ears and narrow muzzle, the fox […]
Britain’s only wild member of the cat family bears a close resemblance to the domestic tabby, but it is more striped and has a bushier, blunt-ended tail marked with thick black rings. Now confined to the Scottish highlands, wildcats disappeared from southern England in the 16th century; the last one recorded in northern England was […]
The badger is the largest member of the Mustelid family and Britains largest land carnivore. They are nocturnal, emerging at dusk in summer to spend the night foraging. In winter they are much less active but do not hibernate. They live in social groups of 4 – 12 adults and when not active they lie […]
Fallow deer were probably first brought to England by the Romans, but the main introduction was by the Normans in the eleventh century for hunting purposes. It is a docile, herding deer that thrives in parklands, making it ideal for semi-domestication. Increasing in number and slowly in distribution, they are now found throughout much of […]
Found in southern Suriname and adjacent far northern Brazil. Its bright blue skin, darker around its limbs and stomach, serves as a warning to predators.
Large carnivorous bear whose native range lies largely within the Arctic Circle. Large furry feet and claws give them good traction on ice.
Stocky and muscular carnivore with a reputation for ferocity and strength out of proportion to its size. Able to kill prey many times larger than itself.
Wild cat with yellowish-brown fur, a short tail and tufted ears, found chiefly in the northern latitudes of North America and Eurasia, where they prey on small to fairly large sized mammals and birds.
A rare pigmentation variant of the Bengal tiger. Compared to normal tigers without the white gene, white tigers tend to be somewhat bigger, both at birth and as fully grown adults.
A rare tiger subspecies inhabiting the island of Sumatra, classed as critically endangered with an estimated 441 to 679 left. Their stripes tend to be thicker and more frequent than other subspecies.
Inhabiting the Sikhote Alin mountain regions, it is believed there are only around 400 left in the world. It is reddish-rusty, or rusty-yellow in colour with narrow black transverse stripes.
The most numerous of the tiger subspecies and number about half of all wild tigers. Sometimes called Indian tigers, over many centuries they have become an important part of Indian tradition and lore.
Known to travel up to 1,000 km (620 mi), they inhabit mainly the Sikhote Alin mountain region with a small population in southwest Primorye province in the Russian Far East.
A large mammal, similar shape to a pig with a short prehensile snout. It is classified as an endangered species and inhabits jungles and forests in South America, Central America and Southeast Asia.
One of the five largest snakes, native to a large variation of tropic and subtropic areas of Southern Asia. Often found near water and are sometimes semi-aquatic, but can also be found in trees.
Large, heavy-bodied snake, which flourishes in a wide variety of environmental conditions, from tropical rainforests to arid semi-desert country. Its colour pattern is highly variable yet distinctive.
South American mammal that resembles a giant long-legged guinea pig. It lives in groups near water and is the largest living rodent. A highly social species, it can be found in groups as large as 100.