The Sloth

The Sloth sleeps 20 hours a day, and for the rest of the day he is slow and sluggish moving around in the trees of the tropical forests of south and central America. He is somehow related to armadillos and anteaters. There are two types of sloths - some have two claws and some have 3 claws.

They love hanging about in trees, mostly upside down. Their slow lifestyle prevents predators getting to them because things like hawks rely on their eyes.

One more thing - they have algae growing on their backs – this also means predators will stay away because their fur blends in. So, while you may think this is sort of disgusting, it is actually quite helpful. They eat leaves and fruit, and they are great swimmers.


The Slow Ioris

He may look cute, but he is also poisonous. He stores venom under his elbow and when he is threatened he lifts his arms, digs around for the venom and mixes it about in his mouth. Then he takes a big bite. One would have to say that this is a handy weapon to have around. They can hang onto a tree for a long time – just like they have glue attached to their limbs! They have flexible backs so they are happy swinging about. They move slowly, but if they see their favorite prey, they will quickly speed up.

slow Ioris

The Chameleon

The average lifespan of the chameleon is 3-5 years. Their eyes work independently of each other - they can see two different objects at the same time. Their tongue is twice the length of the body so this does all the work when it comes to hunting. He is lightning fast with his tongue.

The chameleon is well known for the change of skin colors – something like pink, turquoise, black, green, purple, yellow, brown – this happens for social signals and for camouflage against predators as well.

The Meerkat

Meerkats hang out in a big group and this helps because everyone does their part – the big ones look after the little ones, and some of them watch out for predators. They live in Southern Africa, in the desserts and the grasslands.

A group digs a couple of burrows to protect themselves against predators as well as the heat. They eat caterpillars, spiders and scorpions as well as young birds. The babies stay in the burrows, the older ones go out hunting in the morning.

The Koala

This is a marsupial, just like a kangaroo, also found in Australia. When the koala is born it moves down to the pouch, where it develops. They develop a pap which help them to dig the eucalyptus leaves and bark that they are known to love. There are only 100, 000 of these marsupials left in the world. You will usually see Koalas in the nocturnal hours because they are sleeping during the day. The biggest threats are dogs and traffic.

The Baby Elephant

Baby elephants are between two and three feet tall and are hairy when they first come into the world. A full sized elephant can grow up to 11 feet – so beware! African elephants have bigger ears than Indian elephants, but that doesn’t mean that they can hear better. You will see them flap their ears as their temper heats up. This is a very intelligent animal – apparently they can even recognize themselves in the mirror!

The Bunny

This is a majorly cute animal, big or small. A young one is also known as a kit or kid until it starts to grow up. Rabbits like to have lots of kids and some of them will breed as much as 8 times a year. North America has a lot of bunnies hopping around – in fact half of them are known to come from there with a total of 16 species.

The Penguin

There are lots of different types of penguins about, found all over the world. They are all unique and have different characteristics. However, all of them are great at catching fish and swimming really fast. Some are really tall and others are cute and cuddly. Most penguins are endangered so we have to make sure that we do our part so that people are aware of this. Some penguins like the really cold weather, and others love the African heat.

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The Cheetah

The cheetah is incredibly fast and can often outrun a car. It has excellent eye sight, but what separates this big cat from some of the others is that it is a little smaller. This means that it has to settle for the smaller prey. It can’t attack big buffalo like a lion and they don’t usually hang about in massive groups like a lion. The less rare king cheetah have a couple of awesome stripes down their back. You are lucky if you see one of these. You will find these cats in Africa.


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