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Animal Facts

All informative and interesting articles about the world of animals. Curiosities about fauna, information about the animal kingdom, its protection and many other contents about the species that compose it.

Tyrannosaurus Rex and its young feeding on an Alamosaurus carcass in Hell Creek 66 million years ago. By Herschel Hoffmeyer | Shutterstock.com

How many false myths about dinosaurs do you know?

If we were to list the number of false claims out there about dinosaurs, it’d be never-ending. From the belief that they only inhabited warm habitats (they also lived in frozen areas), that they were all enormous (there were also very small dinosaurs), to the misconception that their size...
Twins sisters with Appaloosa horse and Dalmatian dogs in rainy autumn park. By Julia Shepeleva | Shutterstock.com

Do other animals give birth to twins? Examples from the animal kingdom

Assuming you’re human, the likelihood of having twins is quite little. But, depending where you’re from, there’s a surprising amount of variation. In Central Africa, the twinning rate is almost 30 in every 1,000 births; in much of Asia and Latin America, the average is as low as eight...
The Amazon molly does not produce any male offspring. The females reproduce asexually through gynogenesis. Nevertheless they need sperm to trigger the cloning process. By Manfred Schartl

The Amazon molly: the small fish making a big splash in science

What is the Amazon molly and how did it get its name? The Amazon molly (Poecilia formosa) is a small, inconspicuous freshwater fish. It belongs to a genus of around 40 fish species, which includes the well-known guppy. Amazon mollies are omnivores and spend their days feeding on small invertebrates,...
Common vampire bat, Desmodus rotundus. By Natalia Kuzmina | Shutterstock.com

Do vampires exist? From vampire myths to the truth about bloodsucking bats

When we hear the word vampire, we automatically think of a human-like creaturewith long fangs that feeds on people’s blood. Vampire myths have been around for ages and they continue to be a part of our culture today. According to popular folklore, a vampire is a creature that feeds on...
A group of wild rabbits sitting outside their warren in New Zealand. By William Booth | Shutterstock.com

The extraordinary world of animal poo: 5 stories of adaptation and survival

Yes, today we’re taking a closer look at animal poo, along with some extraordinary adaptations. If you’re just about to sit down for lunch, you might want to bookmark this one for later. But if you think you can stomach it, read on for some nuggets of information from...
A young tokay gecko is resting on driftwood. By Cathy Keifer | Shutterstock.com

How do animals see? The most impressive eyes in the animal world

The eye In order to understand how different species see the world, it is important to understand how the eye works. Images, in the form of light, are received through the pupil, using the dilation of the iris to regulate the amount of light that enters. At the back of...
Portrait of a baby chimpanzee. Republic of the Congo. Reserve Conkouati-Douli. By Gudkov Andrey | Shutterstock.com

One of the Great Apes: chimpanzee life in numbers

The Great Apes and us We’re all guilty of anthropomorphism. It’s something Yago tapped into when he first came up with the idea for Zoo Portraits. But – more than with any other animal – when we look at apes,  we see ourselves. The likening of the great apes to humans...
Spirit bear (Kermode). By Anette Holmberg | Shutterstock.com

Have you ever heard of the Kermode bear, also known as the Spirit bear?

The Kemode bear: Spirit of the forest Deep within the Great Bear Rainforest, in Canada, all is not as it seems. The unique ecosystem produces strange natural scenes. On this coastal land, dampened by dense mist, we can still find indigenous tribes who began living there long before the white...
Reindeer migration to breeding grounds. By mellow | Shutterstock.com

Festive animal facts: Camel vs. Reindeer

Christmas and nature The Christmas holidays are rich in tradition. Some (like decorating a tree) date back hundreds of years; others (like wearing tasteless woolen jumpers) are much more recent! Although customs differ from country to country, they all have a strong connection to nature. In the UK, the robin, mistletoe...
Chimp covering his ears. By Sharon Morris | Shutterstock.com

Animal intelligence: the smartest animal species in the world

What is animal intelligence? Intelligence is one of the defining features of being human and it comes in various forms. For example, there’s verbal-linguistic intelligence (communicative ability), spatial intelligence (the ability to observe the world with the mind’s eye), logical-mathematical intelligence (the ability to solve mathematical problems) and emotional intelligence...
Beijing, China - September 24, 2014: A vendor sells food at the Donghuamen night market in Beijing, China. Pic by Alexandru Nika | Shutterstock.com

Six-legged superfoods: could insects be the answer to food security?

“2,086 species of insect are eaten by 3,071 different ethnic groups in about 130 countries.” Bugged, by David MacNeal Insects form a big part of everyday diets for around two billion people around the world. Yet, for many of the remaining 5.58 billion, just the thought of eating an insect is enough...
Nicobar pigeon. Pic by dune00z | Shutterstock.com

Pigeon powers: 3 reasons to start appreciating the ‘rats of the sky’

Pigeon profiles Pigeons are divisive creatures. For some, pigeons are treasured pets; for others, they’re troublesome pests. Whether it’s ‘rats of the sky’ or ‘rats with wings’, the sentiment in these nicknames is clear. Apart from pigeon fanciers or mediocre tourists in the main square of , most of us have very...
Elephant mother and baby in forest, Thailand. Pic by tdee photo cm | Shutterstock.com

Wildlife hotspots in Southeast Asia: Thailand, Vietnam, Laos and Borneo

Extraordinary biodiversity This decade has seen a tourism boom in Southeast (SE) Asia, with millions of international visitors flocking to Indochina and beyond in search of adventure. Budget-friendly backpacking, exotic cuisine, historical and cultural treasures. The list of reasons for visiting is endless but, for us, wildlife holds the top...
Florida wetland, Airboat ride at Everglades National Park in USA. Popular place for tourists, wild nature and animals. By Romrodphoto | Shutterstock.com

Unwanted Aliens: the impact of invasive species

The errors of our ways If you’re reading this, you belong to a handful of generations who have lived in a period of critical species loss. As discussed in a previous article, the severity and extent of the damage to biodiversity that we are currently witnessing may even equate to...
Saiga antelope (Saiga tatarica) in the morning steppe. Mekletinskii Federal Nature Reserve, Kalmykia, Russia, August 2015. By Victor Tyakht Shutterstock.com

The saiga antelope. A species with a challenging existence.

The saiga (Saiga tatarica) is a medium sized (60 to 80 cm tall) antelope that inhabits the steppes of Central Asia and is classified by IUCN as "critically endangered". They live mainly in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, although they can be found in various areas of Russia (Kazan), China and...