There are many cool facts about elephants and here are a few. They have about 40,000 muscles in their body! They are the largest land mammal in the world. They travel in small groups called a herd. There are two different kinds of elephants, the Indian elephant and the African elephant. The Indian elephant has a big lump on its head, the African elephant has no lump. The life span of an elephant is 70 years, thats a long time! Elephants can drink up to 40 gallons of water at a time! They can eat about 500 pounds of vegetation, such as fruit, branches, and grass. Elephants are amazing animals.
Look at the two different elephants, the African elephant (right) has no lump, the Indian elephant (left) does.
Here are a few cool facts about cheetahs. Female cheetahs hunt alone, male cheetahs hunt in packs. Cheetahs eat antelopes and gazelles. They can live in the savannah, dry forests, and scrub forests. Cheetah cubs have white fur on their back to make it look like They are a dangerous badger. Cheetahs are the fastest running land mammal on earth. They can go from 0 to 60 in three seconds! Their top speed is 70 mph. They can only run for a few seconds, when they run they get super hot, if they get to hot they have to stop. If a cheetah runs for too long and they don’t stop they could collapse and die because of the heat. I wish I could run like a cheetah.
Look how slender the adult cheetah is, That helps it run faster and quicker.
Leopards are the coolest cat I know. They can see and hear six times better than humans! The spots on a leopard are called rosettes. All Leopards have a long and puffy tail to help them balance on small or not very stable rocks. Female leopards can have up to 2 to 4 cubs and the cubs will stay with their mother for about two years. There is a kind of leopard called the snow leopard. They can live in Southern Siberia, Kunlun Mountains, and Altai Mountains in Russia. The snow leopard is my favorite out of all other cats.
The jaguar is the biggest species of cat in the Western Hemisphere. Jaguars have a very powerful jaw that can crush skulls and bones! They also have a very powerful bite force, so don’t get bit! Sometimes jaguars can be black. When they are black they are known as black panthers. Jaguars can eat deer, monkeys, birds, reptiles, fish, amphibians, and small mammals. They can live in grasslands and forests of the Southwestern U.S. into South America.
There are two subspecies of tigers that I would like to tell you about. The Siberian tiger and the Bengal tiger. The two tigers aren’t much different from each other, except for their size, fur, and where they live. The Siberian tiger is bigger, has thicker fur, and lives in Russia. The Bengal tiger is a little smaller and lives in India. The fur of a tiger gets more orange in the winter and lighter in the summer. Tigers are the largest cats in the world, are very dangerous, and can run up to 35 mph. I like the Siberian tiger the best because it’s the biggest of all tigers.
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Here are a few things about lions. You have probably seen one in the zoo. Lions live in groups called a pride, They are also the second largest cats in the world! Lions can live in the Sub Sahara desert or the Savannah. Lionesses or female lions can run up to 50 mph, but not for long. Here is a cool video about a guy who has lion friends, also hyenas. It is an awesome video. Lions eat buffalo, zebras, and other animals. Lions are bigger than you think. The reason I like lions is because they are cats, and I love cats😺.
Here are a few things about baboons. A baboon’s diet is usually plants, their present diet is plants, grubs, insects, and small vertebrates. Baboons can live in any of these places, they can live in the Savannah, open woodlands, and hills in Africa. There are five other kinds of baboon species, the Chacma baboon, they live in southern Africa. There is another species called the Hamadryas baboon, they live in northern Africa and southwestern Arabia. Sometimes baboons can be very dangerous. I like the Hamadryas baboon because of it’s hair.
Look at the eyes of the Chacma baboon, they’re red! Click on pictures to have a closer look.
You may have seen a BIG gorilla at a zoo, but have you seen one in the wild? If you go on a hike in a jungle you might not find any, but if you listen really closely you might hear or see one. If a gorilla charges or thumps it’s chest, don’t panic just crouch down and be calm. Some gorillas have the strength of 6 to 8 men! Their strength makes them fearless. They live in groups led by mature males. These males are sometimes called silverbacks because they can have a silver, white coloring of hair on their backs. The life span of a gorilla is 50 years. They are very gentle with their young.
This is a silverback.
There are many interesting facts about orangutans and I’ve listed some here. Orangutans have special features to climb on branches. They can live in tropical rainforests in southeast Asia, eat plants, fruit, sometimes insects, young birds, and small mammals. Male orangutans can grow up to 3.2-4.5 ft tall and can weigh up to 200 pounds. Females can grow up to 2.6-3.5 ft tall and can weigh up to 110 pounds. There are two different kinds of orangutans, the Sumatran orangutan and the Bornean orangutan. I like the Sumatran orangutan because of the big cheeks around their faces!
You may already know that chimpanzees are mammals, but they are very similar to us in many ways, for example, some chimps play with rocks, like us, we like to play with lots of things. Sometimes they play with other chimps, like we play with our friends. Chimpanzees are very intelligent animals.
The arms of a chimpanzee are longer than their legs. A chimp’s diet is plants and insects, sometimes they even eat meat! That is crazy! I think it is crazy because I always thought they just ate plants. Chimps have opposable toes to allow it to grip and hang on branches with its feet. Male chimps can grow up to 3-4 ft tall, females can grow up to 2-3 ft tall and can both weigh between 123-176 pounds. They can live in tropical rainforests in Africa.