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The Aardvark (Orycteropus Afer also called “Ant Bear.”) is the only species in its order. It is literally like no other animal on earth. Their name means “earth pig,” but they have no relationship to pigs. Even if there are some physical resemblances, the scanty hair on their bodies is course, their back is arched and they seem to have a snout on the end of their long, narrow face but they also have ears like a rabbit, webbed feet like a duck, claws like a bear and the tail of a kangaroo. They are about 61cm (2ft) tall at the shoulder and generally weigh between 50–77kg (110–170lbs). The Aardvark like the Platypus is truly one of a kind.

Their lengthy tongue resembles that of an Anteater but they don’t belong to that family tree either.

Aardvarks live throughout Africa, mostly south of the Sahara Desert. They are nocturnal, solitary and somewhat nomadic. Aardvarks are always found wherever ant hills and termite mounds are plentiful, this being their preferred food and can consume, give or take a few, 50,000 termites in one sitting.

As the Aardvark progresses from one mound to the next, it will dig small 3m (10ft), temporary burrows in which to hide from predators and/or sleep the day away. A larger, more permanent burrow of up to 12m (40ft) is used as a primary shelter and breeding chamber. They like to live in open grasslands or savannahs where the soil is soft and sandy. The temporary shelters they create do not go to waste. Pythons, Porcupines and other small mammals, even birds, will move in when they relocate.

Aardvarks are classified as omnivores but they are far more specialized than that. They are truly insectivores, consuming termites and ants exclusively. When food is scarce and they are forced to, they will eat other soft-bodied insects or wild melons.

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Aardvarks have an excellent sense of smell which they use to find food and wonderful hearing which they use to keep from becoming food themselves.

The Aardvark’s entire body is built around eating termites. Their strong, shovel-shaped claws are hard enough to break through the outer crusts of termite mounds. Their 46cm (1½ft) long sticky tongue can extend down tunnels and chambers, lapping up the insects inside.

The Aardvark’s head is elongated and its snout has hairs and fleshy folds that can close, keeping dirt, dust and insects out.

While eating, the Aardvark’s long, rabbit-like ears are rotated backwards, listening for any sign of approaching danger. When confronted with a particularly large mound, the Aardvark will stand on its back legs, bracing itself with its thick, tapering tail, much as a kangaroo would.

The Aardvark’s skin is extremely tough, protecting it from the bites and stings of its prey.

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The Aardvark is hunted by wild dogs, pythons, lions, cheetahs, leopards and man.

Aardvarks are not fast runners but they can quickly dig a defensive burrow.

The Aardvark’s tail is thick and strong and they will use it as a club. Their sharp claws are as strong as a pick axe and make formidable weapons. If they are caught in the open, they will roll on their back to engage all four feet in the fight. As mentioned previously, their hide is extremely tough and also acts as its own line of defence.

Aardvarks are not social and only get together during the breeding season. Due to their solitary, nocturnal lifestyle, not much is known about their mating or about the rearing of their offspring. After a 7 month gestation, one young is born (more than that is uncommon). This usually is in October or November. The young is about 2.7kg (6lbs) at birth and by 6 months of age, the youngling is capable of finding its own food and will leave its mother to dig its own burrow.

Aardvark is the first word in your English dictionary.

Aardvarks are not a threatened species.

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The Armadillo has a lower body temperature than most mammals and has been used as a research animal for diseases such as leprosy.

Armadillos are the only living mammals that wear such shells. The bony plates that cover the back, head, legs and tail of most of these odd looking creatures.

Armadillos generally have a pointy or shovel-shaped snout and small eyes.

They vary widely in size and colour, from the 15cm (6ins) long, salmon-coloured pink fairy Armadillo to the 1.5m (5ft).

They sleep for long periods every day.

They have very poor eyesight and utilize their keen sense of smell to hunt. Then they use strong legs and huge front claws for digging burrows and to find their food; then with their long, sticky tongue they extract ants and termites from their tunnels.

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Armadillos are dark-brown, black, red, gray or yellowish colouring.

Armadillos live in temperate and warm habitats, including rain forests, grasslands and semi-deserts.

Armadillos are small mammals from the family Dasypodidae, closely related to the sloth and the anteater.

Armadillos are omnivorous animals, mostly found in South America and central parts of the United States.

There are 20 different breeds of Armadillos and each breed is named according to its physical characteristics. Some of the breeds include the Nine-Banded Armadillo, Giant Armadillo, Large Hairy Armadillo, Three-Banded Armadillo, Pink Fairy Armadillo, Six-Banded Armadillo, Northern Naked-Tailed Armadillo and Pichi or Dwarf Armadillo.

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The smallest Armadillo is the Pink Fairy Armadillo, which is 15cm (6ins) in height and the largest one is the giant Armadillo which can be 1.5m (5ft). in height.

The average life expectancy of an Armadillo is 12–15 years.

Armadillos are said to have evolved from huge, bony-shelled animals called glyptodon and panochthus. Comparatively, the present-day Armadillo is a smaller creature but it has retained the hard shell of its ancient counterparts.

The name Armadillo is a Spanish word which means “Little Armoured One”, because its shell looks like armour, comprising of many small bones.

Armadillos have short legs but they can move pretty fast in times of danger. Their outer shell helps them move faster in dense forests, without getting hurt.

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The Armadillo is believed to have the ability to roll into a ball when it senses any kind of danger. However, only three-banded Armadillos can do this because the others are inflexible due to their hard covering. The nine-banded Armadillo can jump 122cm (4ft) up in the air, if it is startled.

Armadillos can hold their breath underwater for almost six minutes and can swim across ponds and rivers. In water, the weight of their shell can easily make them sink but interestingly, they do not. They are able to float on water by filling their lungs and stomach with air, which makes them swell to double their original size.

Armadillos do not have strong white enamelled teeth like other mammals and this limits their food to small insects like ants, grubs, small birds, eggs, earthworms, termites, mole crickets, spiders, frogs, beetles and larvae. They also like to eat the flesh from carcasses of dead animals and human beings. Due to this, they are known as ‘grave diggers’. Armadillos also eat plants and some of them, like the giant Armadillo can damage agricultural farms.

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The nine-banded Armadillo is the only one to be found in United States and is known as the state mammal of Texas.

Armadillos prefer a warm atmosphere, as they have a low body temperature and cannot survive in cold climates. They prefer to live near moist regions like streams, rivers, creeks, ponds and reservoirs, because these places have a sandy soil that is easy to dig.

Armadillo has become an endangered species, as it is losing its habitat due to human encroachment. This species is hunted for its flesh, as it is a delicacy in South America; Armadillos are also hunted for their skin, which is used to make leather accessories like bags and belts. Only the nine-banded Armadillo breed is growing, while others like the giant Armadillo and pink-fairy Armadillo are fast becoming extinct.

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Prairie dogs are members of the squirrel family. They range in weight from 0.5–1.3kg (1–3lbs) and in length from 33–43cm (13–17ins). They live 3–5 years in the wild and up to 8 years in captivity.

Today, black-tailed prairie dogs number around 10–20 million. At one time they numbered in the hundreds of millions and were possibly the most abundant mammal in North America. They live in these 10 states: South Dakota, North Dakota, Nebraska, Wyoming, Montana, Kansas, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.

Prairie dogs number from 5–35 dogs per 0.4 hectare and here they primarily eat native plants like grasses, roots, forbs, weeds and blossoms. In rare instances, they will eat insects. They do not need to drink water because they get enough water from their leafy diet.

Prairie dogs live in closely- knit families called Coteries and contain an adult male, one or more adult females and their offspring. Coteries are grouped into neighbourhoods and several of these make up a town. The towns have separate rooms for nurseries, eating, sleeping and even toilets.

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Females bear one litter each year, usually 3–5 pups, in March and April.

Regular activities for the prairie dog are hugging, grooming and kissing.

Prairie dogs in short bursts can reach speeds of 56K.P.H. (35 M.P.H.).

Prairie dogs protect themselves with loud warnings (barks) that alert other town members of impeding danger. These barks are specific to the predator and they have up to 50 different barks. They are thought to have the most complex language of animals that have been studied.

The black-footed ferret is an endangered species that relies on the prairie dog for food and uses its burrows for shelter. Other predators are humans, snakes, Swift Foxes, Mountain Plovers and Burrowing Owls.

Prairie dogs are very susceptible to the bubonic plague.

Prairie dogs are rapidly disappearing after decades of eradication by federal, state and local governments in addition to the devastation from disease, poisoning, recreational shooting and habitat destruction are all helping in their demise.

 

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Zebras, with their familiar horse-like physique and their distinct black and white striping pattern,Z4Zebra_Sm.gif are among the most recognizable of all mammals. We learn at an early age to distinguish zebras from other animals (when learning the alphabet, youngsters are shown a picture of a zebra and are taught Z 4 Zebra).

Zebras belong to the genus Equus this includes zebras, asses and horses. There are three species of zebra: Burchell’s zebra (Equus burchellii), Grevy’s zebra (Equus grevyi) and Mountain zebra (Equus zebra)

Zebras are not the only members of the genus Equus to possess stripes. Various species of asses, including the African wild ass (Equus asinus), have some stripes (for instance, Equus asinus has stripes on the lower portion of its legs).

Zebras are Herbivores.

Burchell’s zebra is named after the British explorer, William John Burchell. (1810–1815)

Grevy’s zebra is named after a former French President, Jules Grevy.

The strip pattern on every zebra is unique. This unique stripe pattern provides researchers with an easy method for identifying the individuals they study.

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Mountain zebras are skilled climbers and inhabit mountain slopes in South Africa and Namibia up to elevations of 2000m above sea level. They have hard, pointed hooves that are well-suited for negotiating the slopes.

You can distinguish among the three species by looking for a few key features.

Mountain zebras have a dewlap. Burchell’s zebras and Grevy’s zebras do not have a dewlap. Grevy’s zebras have a thick strip on their rump and extend towards their tail. Grevy’s zebras also have a broader neck than the other species of zebras and a white belly. Burchell’s zebras often have ‘shadow strips’ (stripes of a lighter colour that occur between the darker stripes). Like Grevy’s zebras, some Burchell’s zebras have a white belly.

Adult male Burchell’s zebras are quick to defend their families.

Male Burchell’s zebras ward off predators by kicking or biting them and have been known to kill hyenas with a single kick.

A ‘zebdonk’ is a cross between a Burchell’s zebra and a donkey. Other names for a zebdonk include zonkey, zebrass and zorse.

There are two subspecies of Burchell’s zebra. Grant’s zebra (Equus burchelli boehmi) is the more common subspecies of Berchell’s zebra. Chapman’s zebra (Equus burchelli antiquorum) is the less common subspecies of Burchell’s

Their main predators are Lions, Hyenas, Hunting Dogs, Leopards and Cheetahs.

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