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Cheetahs are the fastest land animal
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The Blue Whale is the largest animal in the world
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Elephants are the largest land living animal
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Giraffes are the tallest land living animal
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The Bumblebee Bat is the smallest mammal
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The Pygmy Marmoset is the smallest monkey
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The Western Gorilla is the largest primate
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The Pygmy Mouse Lemur is the smallest primate
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The Blue Whale is the loudest animal in the world
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The Giant Otter is the largest mustelid
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Reindeer (Caribou) are the only species of deer where females have antlers. Find Out More>

Tree Shrews have the highest brain to body mass of any animal.

Dolphins sleep with one eye open.

Polar Bears have the reputation of being the only animal that will actively hunt humans.
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The Red Kangaroo is the largest marsupial.
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The Gentoo Penguin is the fastest swimming bird
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Ostriches are the largest, tallest and heaviest bird
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Rüppell's Vultures hold the record for being the highest flying bird. Find Out More>

The smallest bird in the world is the Bee Hummingbird.

Hummingbirds are the only birds that can fly sideways and backwards.

Arctic Terns make the longest regular migration of any known animal. They fly from the Arctic to the Antarctic and back each year.

Peregrine Falcons are the fastest animals in the world. They can reach speeds of 230 km/hr (145 mph) when diving after prey. Find Out More>


The Golden Poison Frog is considered to be the most poisonous vertebrate in the world.
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The largest amphibian is the Chinese Giant Salamander and they can reach lengths up to 1.8 m (6 ft).

Frogs can be found on all continents except Antarctica.

Cane Toads are the largest species of toad in the world. Find Out More>


The Saltwater Crocodile is the largest living reptile. Find Out More>

The Leatherback Sea Turtle is the largest living turtle.

The Inland Taipan is the most venomous snake in the world.

The Komodo Dragon is the world's largest lizard.

The Black Mamba is the fastest moving snake on land. Find Out More>


Invertebrates make up 98% of all animal species.

Rhinoceros Beetles are proportionally the strongest animals on the planet. They can lift up to 850 times their own weight.

A honey bee will fly around 800 kms (500 miles) in its working life and produce just half a teaspoon of honey.

The Brazilian Wandering Spider is the most venomous spider in the world.

A swarm of desert locusts can consume 20,000 tons (18,160,000 kgs) of vegetation per day.

The ears of a cricket are located on their front legs, just below their knees.

A mosquito has 47 teeth.

Honey Bees must gather nectar from two million flowers to make one pound of honey.

A cockroach can live for several weeks without its head.

Starfish do not have a brain.

The honey bee is the only insect that produces food eaten by humans.

A honey bee can fly as fast as 24 km/hr (15 mph).

Bees have 4 wings and their buzz is the sound made by their wings which beat 11,400 times per minute.

A swarm of desert locusts may contain up to 50 billion individuals. They fly at the speed of the wind and they can cover distances up to 125 miles (200 kms) in a day.

The insect that can fly the longest distance is the monarch butterfly. Some have been tracked travelling 3,000 miles (4,830 kms).

The average ant can lift 50 times its own weight.

Honey bees are able to lift 300 times their own weight.

The larvae of the Jewel Beetle are able to survive inside a piece of wood for over 30 years before becoming an adult insect.

Dragonflies are able to fly between 18 and 20 miles/hour, which is faster than any other insect. However, even though they have six legs, they are unable to walk.

The queen of a termite colony can lay 6,000 - 7,000 eggs each day and she can live for 15 - 50 years.

Fleas are able to jump up to 18 cms (7 inches) vertically and up to 33 cms (13 inches) horizontally, which is around 200 times their own body length.


Whale Sharks are the largest species of fish.

The Stone fish is the most venomous species of fish in the world.

The Indo-Pacific Sailfish is the fastest fish in the ocean.
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African Elephant
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Whale Shark
Photographer: Zac Wolf

Golden Poison Frog
Photographer: Wilfried Berns

Saltwater Crocodile


Ruppell's Vulture
Photographer: Rob Schoenmaker

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