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Sleeping black jaguar (panther like Bagheera from Jungle book). By Ewan Chesser | Shutterstock.com

Black panther

About the black panther. The black panther is not a species itself. Most of the times we are talking about jaguars and leopards with a melanistic variant that makes them look black. This can also exist in other feline species, like the cougar. The black color of its fur can be conferred...
Gray wolf. By Bildagentur Zoonar GmbH | Shutterstock.com

Grey wolf

About grey wolfs. They are the largest of all canids (jackals, coyotes, dogs, foxes and others). They are great pack hunters, but opportunistic above all. Wolves will always go for the weakest prey or the easiest to catch, but they also don't hesitate to eat other wolves that end up gravely...
Single lion looking regal standing proudly on a small hill. By Andrew Paul Deer | Shutterstock.com

Lion

About lions. Lions are the only sociable felines that live in groups. The rest of the felines tend to be solitary and roam freely, if anything, with their offspring. They live in prides with two or three independent males and multiple females with their offspring. These usually consist of 10-15 individuals,...
Black-and-white Hawk-Eagle (Spizaetus melanoleucus). By Pablo Rodriguez Merkel | Shutterstock.com

Black-and-white hawk-eagle

The black-and-white hawk-eagle is a relatively unknown type of diurnal bird of prey. It is some 56 to 61 cm long overall, its wingspan is up to 117 cm and it weighs about 840 g. This hawk-eagle is white, except on the outside of its wings, its back, the...
Pallas´s cat, or manul, lives in the cold and arid steppes of central Asia. Winter temperatures can drop to 50 degrees below zero. By Kjetil Kolbjornsrud | Shutterstock.com

Pallas’s cat

About Pallas's cat. The fur of these animals hides its real size, similar to that of any domestic cat. The density and length of its fur makes it look much larger. Its fur is the densest and longest of all cats. This helps them stand the cold temperatures of the areas where...
Group of walrus on ice floe in Canadian High Arctic. By outdoorsman | Shutterstock.com

Walrus

About the walrus. The walrus has huge ivory tusks to perform several tasks. They use them (as a lever) to drag their own bodies and climb out of the cold water, to break holes in the ice and be able to breathe under the ice sheets, to defend their territory...
Portrait of a young Cheetah in Masai Mara, Kenya. By Maggy Meyer | Shutterstock.com

Cheetah

About the cheetah. Although they are felines, Cheetahs are unable to roar. They emit a bird-like croaking sound they use to identify themselves or call their cubs or other cheetahs. It is the fastest terrestrial animal, reaching top speeds of 95-115 km/h in runs of 400-500 m. Female cheetahs can have up...
Australian koala with her baby or joey in gum tree, Sydney, NSW, Australia. By worldswildlifewonders | Shutterstock.com

Koala

About koalas. Koalas have two thumbs on each front paw, that help them grip tree branches and trunks. However, their back paws have only one thumb without claw, and the second and third finger fused together forming a hook they can use to remove ticks from their fur. Koalas are nocturnal animals...
A family of Bengal tigers. By Julian W | Shutterstock.com

Bengal tiger

About Bengal tigers. It is the national animal of India and Bangladesh. There is a mutation which turns the orange color of its fur into white (white tigers) and, in rare cases, its black stripes turn brown (golden tiger). It is currently the largest feline in the world, very close to its...
Spanish bull (Toro de lidia). By alberto clemares exposito | Shutterstock.com

Spanish bull

About Spanish bulls. The Spanish fighting bull is an Iberian bovine. It is a local variety, bred from Spanish bovine cattle through the processes of selection and crossing. Besides being selected for beef and milk production, the characteristic called “bravura” (an aggressive nature) has also been sought for the purpose of...
Six-week-old baby of a Western lowland gorilla. By Marek Velechovsky | Shutterstock.com

Western lowland gorilla

About western lowland gorillas. Lowland gorillas are endangered, but they are a little more common than their relatives, the mountain gorillas. They are smaller in size, their hair is shorter and their arms are longer. They live in communities of around 30 individuals. These groups are led by a dominant older...
Red fox in the snow. By Menno Schaefer | Shutterstock.com

Red fox

About the red fox. It has the widest distribution of any terrestrial carnivore Even though it is the smallest member of the family of the Canidae, the red fox has many ‘cat-like’ features, like vertical pupils, retractable claws, they climb trees and play with their prey before killing it. In Japan the fox (kitsune - 狐) is...
A veiled chameleon is walking on a tree branch. By Cathy Keifer | Shutterstock.com

Veiled chameleon

About the veiled chameleon. Chameleons have the ability to change the pigmentation of their skin very fast. The individuals of this species also have a wide variety of colors they use mainly to express their mood. It uses the protuberance on its head, which gives it its name, to get water...
American bison. By Georgii Shipin | Shutterstock.com

American bison

About American bisons. There are two subspecies of American bison: the plains bison and the mountain bison. The latter is more endangered than its relative. This species has its origin in Europe and it moved to North America over the Bering Strait. It can reach speeds of 57 km/h (35.4 mph) when running. Today...
Giraffe Ithala KZN South Africa by Luca Galuzzi | [CC BY-SA 2.5]

Northern giraffe

About northern giraffes. There are 4 distinct species of giraffe and 4 subspecies of the northern giraffe. The main difference among all of them is the shape, tone and pattern of the spots found on their fur, as well as less noticeable differences in body shape and size. It is the...