Animals

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a giraffe is standing in front of some trees
Giraffe
Standing six meters tall, a giraffe's long neck can measure up to two meters. This animal, like the majority of mammals, only has seven neck vertebraes, the same as a human! It has a tongue that can stretch to over 50 cm with a purplish-black tip. Very agile, it can slide between the acacia's thorns to reach the tender leaves.
a zebra is grazing on some grass in the sun and it's head down
Grant’s zebra
The zebra is undeniably characterised by its stripes! Far from being a simple decoration, they serve as camouflage, confuse predators, regulate its internal temperature and repel biting insects.
two llamas standing next to each other in front of some trees and one is looking at the camera
Llama
Although a member of the camelid family, it does not have a hump like its cousins the camel and the dromedary. Its long thin legs are adapted to travel on rocky terrain. It has a thick insulating wool coat that helps keep it warm. By rolling on the ground, it loosens the wool's fibers that will help maintain the insulating characteristics of its coat.
a close up of a llama's face with its mouth open and tongue out
The guanaco
The guanaco (Lama guanicoe) is a camelid native to South America. Its name comes from the South American Quechua word huanaco (modern spelling wanaku). Young guanacos are called chulengos. Guanacos inhabit both the Pampas plains and mountainous regions of South America. They are found in the altiplano of Peru, Bolivia and Chile, and in Patagonia, with a small population in Paraguay.
a purple and black lionfish swimming in the dark blue water with it's head turned to the side
The spotfin lionfish
The spotfin lionfish or broadbarred firefish (Pterois antennata) is a fish found in the tropical Indian and Western Pacific Oceans; it grows to a maximum of 20 cm (8 in) and, like other lionfish, has venomous spiny dorsal fins. Its typical habitat is in lagoons and reefs, where it hides during the day and hunts shrimp and crab at night.
an ostrich looking at the camera in black and white
Ostrich
The Largest Bird! An ostrich can weigh up to 150 kg (330 lbs)! But its weight is not the only thing that prevents this large bird from flying; its feathers, its muscles and its skeleton do not have the necessary adaptations for flight.
two ducks are sitting in the grass near water
Duck
two seahorses sitting on top of a tree branch in an aquarium tank at night
Seahorse
Seahorse (also written sea-horse and sea horse) is the name given to 54 species of small marine fishes in the genus Hippocampus. "Hippocampus" comes from the Ancient Greek word hippos meaning "horse" and kampos meaning "sea monster". Having a head and neck suggestive of a horse, seahorses also feature segmented bony armour, an upright posture and a curled prehensile tail.
an elephant is eating some hay in its mouth
African elephant
Largest Terrestrial Mammal! Weighing up to six tons and standing four meters tall at the shoulder, it is the largest terrestrial mammal. The world record goes to a huge 10-ton male, now exhibited at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington.
an animal that is laying down on some rocks in the water with it's mouth open
Paddlefish
Paddlefish is a basal Chondrostean ray-finned fish. They have been referred to as "primitive fish" because they have evolved with few morphological changes since the earliest fossil records of the Late Cretaceous, seventy to seventy-five million years ago. Polyodontids are exclusively North American and Chinese.
many jellyfish are swimming in the blue water
Jellyfish
Jellyfish is the informal common name given to the medusa-phase of certain gelatinous members of the subphylum Medusozoa, a major part of the phylum Cnidaria. Jellyfish are mainly free-swimming marine animals with umbrella-shaped bells and trailing tentacles, although a few are not mobile, being anchored to the seabed by stalks. The bell can pulsate to provide propulsion and highly efficient locomotion.
a large school of fish swimming in the ocean
Sardine
"Sardine" and "pilchard" are common namesused to refer to various small, oily fish in the herring family Clupeidae. The term "sardine" was first used in English during the early 15th century and may come from the Mediterranean island of Sardinia, around which sardines were once abundant
a large shark swimming in an aquarium filled with fish
Shark
Shark Ripley's Aquarium of Canada is a public aquarium in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The aquarium is one of three aquariums owned and operated by Ripley Entertainment. It is located in downtown Toronto, just southeast of the CN Tower. The aquarium has 5.7 million litres (1.5 million gallons) of marine and freshwater habitats from across the world. The exhibits hold more than 20,000 exotic sea and freshwater specimens from more than 450 species.
a fish that is looking at the camera
Ripley's Aquarium of Canada
Ripley's Aquarium of Canada is a public aquarium in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The aquarium is one of three aquariums owned and operated by Ripley Entertainment. It is located in downtown Toronto, just southeast of the CN Tower. The aquarium has 5.7 million litres (1.5 million gallons) of marine and freshwater habitats from across the world. The exhibits hold more than 20,000 exotic sea and freshwater specimens from more than 450 species.
an orange and black fish swimming in the water with green grass behind it's surface
Ripley's Aquarium of Canada
Ripley's Aquarium of Canada is a public aquarium in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The aquarium is one of three aquariums owned and operated by Ripley Entertainment. It is located in downtown Toronto, just southeast of the CN Tower. The aquarium has 5.7 million litres (1.5 million gallons) of marine and freshwater habitats from across the world. The exhibits hold more than 20,000 exotic sea and freshwater specimens from more than 450 species.