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Aye-ayer on a tree. By Anna Veselova | Shutterstock.com

Aye-aye

About the aye-aye. It is a nocturnal and solitary species of lemur. During the day they sleep in nests they build out of leaves and twigs hidden in the dense foliage of trees. They have continually growing incisors (like rodents), which they use to gnaw through the bark of trees to...
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...
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...
Red-eyed tree frog (Agalychnis callidryas). Arboreal hylid native to tropical rainforests in Central America. By worldswildlifewonders | Shutterstock.com

Red-eyed tree frog

About red-eyed tree frogs. These frogs sleep during the day under leaves to stay hidden from predators. They use their bright colors as a defense mechanism, as predators hesitate momentarily before attacking when they notice their startling eyes, and they take this opportunity to escape. The green of its skin is...
Beagle puppy dog. By Sigma_S | Shutterstock.com

Beagle

About Beagles. This breed comes from the United Kingdom. They were bred to follow the trail of animals like rabbits and hare, and hunt them. The origin of its name is uncertain, but there are two main options: a Celtic word meaning "small" or the French word "begueule" which means "open...
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...
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...
Australian wombat juvenile (Vombatus ursinus). By Robyn Butler | Shutterstock.com

Wombat

About common wombats. Wombats dig their burrows using their powerful claws and sharp rodent-like front teeth. They build large warrens of tunnels underground. Their mating habits are interesting. When the female is in heat, the male pursues her forming circles around her until she is tired. Then the male rolls her...
Amur leopard (Panthera pardus orientalis). By Ondrej Chvatal | Shutterstock.com

Amur leopard

About Amur leopards. The main difference between the Amur leopard and other leopard subspecies is the longer hair of its coat, which helps it deal with the extreme conditions of the environment where it lives. It also has light blue-green eyes. Its summer coat is 2.5 cm long and is a...
Young sub adult Caracal (Felis caracal) in a tree in South Africa, Kruger Park. By Stuart G Porter | Shutterstock.com

Caracal

About caracals. It is a nocturnal animal that hunts after sunset and prefers to hide among rocks during the day. They have large ears with lots of mobility. They can flip them towards any direction to determine where a sound comes from, wether to locate prey or to detect danger. Caracals are...
Cute baby emperor tamarin (Saguinus imperator). By Eric Gevaert | Shutterstock.com

Emperor tamarin

About emperor tamarins. This species of tamarin gets its name from its resemblance with the German emperor Wilhelm II. It started as a joke, but ended up becoming the official name. They are diurnal primates. They live in trees, jumping from branch to branch. They are small and really agile. The Emperor...
Long-eared hedgehog. By Kefca | Shutterstock.com

Long-eared hedgehog

About long-eared hedgehogs. Like rest of the hedgehogs, these animals protect their body with a dense layer of brown spines, white at the tip. They can roll into some kind of ball to protect themselves from predators. These animals are nocturnal and they can cover up to 9 km in just one...
Snub-nosed Monkey. By Wang LiQiang | Shutterstock.com

Golden snub-nosed monkey

About the golden snub-nosed monkey. It is the only monkey that can withstand snow on a regular basis. The face of this langur species is blue, which makes it one of the very few mammals with this color on its body. They live in family groups with one male and several females,...
British cat sitting on the edge of parapet. By Anna Lurye | Shutterstock.com

British shorthair cat

About the British shorthair cat. It is probably one of the oldest breeds in Great Britain. Its ancestors were brought to the islands by the Romans more than 2,000 years ago. The most common and popular color for this breed is blue (grey, a dilution of black), variant called "British Blue",...
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...