Meet our featured animal, the capybara!
Here are five facts about capybaras:
- The capybara takes the title of world’s largest rodent.
- Capybaras are semi-aquatic, spending a lot of time in the water.
- Capybaras can stay submerged underwater for up to 5 minutes.
- Capybaras have special digestive adaptations that allow them to absorb enough nutrients from their highly fibrous diet.
- Very social animals, capybaras live in small family groups of about 10-20.
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Meet our featured animal, the bonobo!
Here are five facts about bonobos:
- Bonobos share 98.5% of our DNA.
- In captivity, bonobos have learned how to communicate in human languages, use tools, and play music.
- Although they resemble chimpanzees, bonobos have the ability to walk bipedally, or on two legs, more easily and for longer amounts of time than chimps.
- Bonobos live harmoniously in matriarchal groups of up to 100 members.
- Bonobos communicate with high-pitched barking sounds.
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Meet our featured animal, the black-tailed prairie dog!
Here are five facts about black-tailed prairie dogs:
- Prairie dogs live in small, close-knit families called coteries.
- Groups of neighboring coteries form a prairie dog colony.
- Prairie dogs communicate with each other through barking. They can describe a predator by varying the frequency and pitch of their barks.
- Prairie dogs perform jump-yip calls, in which they stand on the mound, throw their head back, and let out a high-pitched bark, sometimes evening toppling onto their backs due to the exertion.
- Although they once numbered in the hundreds of millions, prairie dog populations are now estimated at around 10-20 million.
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Meet our featured animal, the narwhal!
Here are five facts about narwhals:
- The horn on a narwhal is actually a giant, spiraled tooth.
- The long tooth can reach up to 3 m (10 ft.) in length and grows continually to replace wear.
- The name narwhal derives from the old Norse word nar meaning corpse.
- Narwhals travel in groups (or pods) of 15-20 whales.
- Preying on creatures primarily on the bottom of the sea, they dive on average 800 m (.5 mi.), but can go twice that.
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Meet our featured animal, the Tasmanian devil!
Here are five facts about Tasmanian devils:
- Tasmanian devils inhabit the island state of Tasmania, although they once lived throughout Australia.
- The Tasmanian devil is the size of a small dog.
- Tasmanian devils are not picky eaters. They eat carrion (dead animals), including rotten flesh, fur, and bones!
- Female Tasmanian devils give birth to up to 50 babies (joeys).
- Tasmanian devils are considered endangered. Threats include being hit by cars and Devil Facial Tumour Disease.
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