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Indian Pangolin
2007-10-22 16:10:04

The Indian Pangolin (Manis crassicaudata), is a pangolin that is found in many parts of India. Like other pangolins, it has large, overlapping scales on the body which act like armor. It can also curl itself into a ball as self defense against predators such as the Tiger. It is an insectivore and feeds on ants and termites, digging them out of their mounds using its long claws that are as long...

2007-10-22 15:13:42

The Bushpig (Potamochoerus larvatus), is a member of the pig family that lives in forest thickets, wetland vegetation and reed beds close to the water in Africa. Still distributed over a relatively wide natural range, the bushpig occurs from Somalia to eastern and southern former Zaire and southwards to Cape Province and Natal in South Africa, having probably been introduced on Madagascar,...

Sumatran Rhinoceros
2007-10-22 15:07:47

The Sumatran Rhinoceros (Dicerorhinus sumatrensis), is the smallest of the rhino species. It also has the most fur of any other rhinos, which allows it to thrive at very high altitudes in Borneo and Sumatra. The Sumatran Rhinoceros once inhabited a continuous distribution as far north as Myanmar and eastern India; however poaching has made it extinct in Thailand and Vietnam, while it has not...

Indian Rhinoceros
2007-10-22 15:00:13

The Indian Rhinoceros (Rhinoceros unicornis), also known as the Great One-horned Rhinoceros, is a large mammal found in Nepal and in Assam, India. The rhino once inhabited areas from Pakistan to Burma and may have even roamed in China. But because of human influence their range has shrunk and now they only exist in small populations in northeastern India and Nepal. These rhinos live in tall...

2007-10-22 12:27:02

The Topi (Damaliscus lunatus), also known as the Tsessebe, Tiang or Korrigum, is an antelope found in Sudan, Chad, Kenya, Tanzania, and South Africa. It lives in savannah and floodplain where it eats mainly grasses. Topi can reach over forty miles per hour when frightened and will sometimes jump over each other to get away from a threat. They have the reputation of being the fastest of all...

2007-10-22 11:02:30

The Hartebeest (Alcelaphus buselaphus), is a grassland antelope found in West Africa, East Africa and Southern Africa. Hartebeest live in grassland and open forest where they eat grass. They are diurnal and spend the morning and late afternoon eating. Herds contain five to twenty individuals but can occasionally contain up to three hundred and fifty. The Hartebeest stands nearly 60 inches...

2007-10-22 09:50:10

The Chinkara (Gazella gazella bennetti), also known as the Indian Gazelle, is a species of gazelle found in South Asia. It lives in grasslands and desert areas in India, Pakistan, and parts of Iran. The population of Chinkara is declining due to being hunted for game. Indian film star Salman Khan was sentenced to a 5 year imprisonment for hunting and killing several chinkaras and blackbucks....

2007-10-22 09:43:30

The Springbok (Antidorcas marsupialis), is a small gazelle found in south and southwestern Africa. Its range includes the countries of Namibia, Botswana, Angola and the Republic of South Africa. They used to be very common, but are declining in numbers due to the increase in hunting and habitat turned into farmland. They remain common on private facilities and nature reserves and parks. The...

Black Wildebeest White-tailed Gnu
2007-10-22 08:42:41

The Black Wildebeest or White-tailed Gnu, (Connochaetes gnou), is one of two species of gnu. Although they are endemic to the southern region of Africa, they have been almost completely exterminated in that region. However, the species has been reintroduced widely, in private facilities and nature reserves where their numbers can grow. They can now be found in reserves in Lesotho, Swaziland,...

2007-10-22 08:22:48

The Hirola (Beatragus hunteri), also known as Hunter's Hartebeest, is a species of antelope found in arid grassy plains in a pocket on the border between Kenya and Somalia. These animals are critically endangered. There are only 500 to 1200 in the wild and only one female in captivity. In the 1970s there were more than 14,000 individuals, and only 7000 by the 1980s. Their decline is believed to...

Word of the Day
  • Any of various tropical Old World birds of the family Indicatoridae, some species of which lead people or animals to the nests of wild honeybees. The birds eat the wax and larvae that remain after the nest has been destroyed for its honey.
Honeyguide birds have even been known to eat candles.