I’m feeling curious about animals today, and it just so happens that, according to the latest research from the Zoological Society of London, I’m not alone! The society claims that one in five Brits find animals fascinating, and spend at least an hour each week learning about them, whether that’s through watching documentaries or reading up on the latest animal news online. Here are some fun facts about animals to satisfy my curiosity today and yours!
Facts About Dogs
All dogs are part of a group known as Canidae, which is Latin for dog. Their family includes foxes, wolves, jackals and other four-legged mammals. Dog species are separated into seven subgroups: wolf-like (including domesticated dogs), foxlike (smaller members of dog family), bat-eared (Africa), mongoose-like (Asia), raccoon dog-like (N America), African wild dog and hyenas. Although there are more than 400 million pet dogs in American homes, only 5% of dog species live among humans; in other words, 95% of all canines worldwide have never met a human being!
Facts About Elephants
Elephants are large mammals in two extant genera of the family Elephantoidal: Elephas and Loxodont, with the third genus Mammoths extinct. Three species of elephant are currently recognized, with one disputed species and four extinct species. They are scattered widely throughout sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, and Southeast Asia. African elephants have smaller ears and concave backs while Asian elephants have larger ears and convex or pad-like backs… which can serve as fingerprints in some cases.
Facts About Bears
There are eight species of bear on Earth today, with six living in Asia and two native to North America. The animal’s most distinguishing feature is its thick, shaggy coat of fur, and each bear species has its own unique look. Although they can’t fly, bears have a keen sense of smell, which makes them one of nature’s best hunters. But not all bears eat meat; some are fruitarians (although it’s highly unlikely that a bear would ever walk among us). Bears also don’t hibernate—they sleep for long periods to save energy during colder months—and contrary to popular belief, they can run up to 30 miles per hour! Here are a few fun facts about our furry friends
Facts About Penguins
There are 17 species of penguins, but there are only 6 that live near Antarctica. Penguins do not actually walk like they do in cartoons; they actually slide on their bellies across ice and snow. The word penguin comes from a combination of two words—pen (meaning small) and wing (meaning bird). And finally, most penguins have favorite foods including squid, krill and fish.
Facts About Parrots
Parrots are among nature’s most intelligent creatures. Some experts say that they rival chimpanzees in terms of their cognitive capabilities. Parrots can even mimic human language, and some species can use tools. They exhibit individual personalities, which is especially noteworthy considering that many consider them to be less complex than great apes and dogs. Some examples of parrot species include budgerigars, cockatiels, macaws and African gray parrots. One interesting fact about parrots is that chicks have been observed mimicking sounds from birth; in other words, it’s innate behavior that develops quickly into a full-fledged skill.
Get inspired by these animal quotes
Here are some animal quotes that will get you thinking: If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales. —Albert Einstein People can learn a lot from crayons. Some are sharp, some are pretty and some are dull. Some have weird names and all are different colors, but they all have to live in the same box. —Marilyn von Schenck fun fact more