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Discover fun and fascinating facts about wildlife and farmed animals.
Common name: Bear. Scientific name: Ursidae. Distribution: Asia, Europe, The Americas
There are eight species of bears including the Asiatic black bear, sloth bear, sun bear, and brown bear. They are widely distributed around the world.
COMMON NAME: CATTLE. SCIENTIFIC NAME: BOS TAURUS. DISTRIBUTION: WORLDWIDE (EXCEPT ANTARCTICA)
Cows are highly social and sensitive animals. To communicate with each other they have 333 unique sounds and bond by licking one another.
Common name: Chicken Scientific name: Gallus gallus domesticus Distribution: worldwide
Chickens are way more intelligent and sensitive than many people think. These clever creatures are the closest living relatives to the Tyrannosaurus Rex.
COMMON NAME: CROCODILE. SCIENTIFIC NAME: CROCODYLUS. DISTRIBUTION: AUSTRALIA, ASIA, AND AFRICA
Crocodiles have been around for 240 million years. They play a vital role in keeping waterways clean and healthy for many other species.
COMMON NAME: DOLPHIN. SCIENTIFIC NAME: DELPHINIDAE. DISTRIBUTION: TEMPERATE AND TROPICAL WATERS AROUND THE WORLD
Dolphins are warm-blooded marine mammals that breathe air. Learn more about these highly intelligent, sociable and playful animals, with these dolphin facts.
COMMON NAME: ELEPHANT. SCIENTIFIC NAME: ELEPHANTIDAE. DISTRIBUTION: ASIA AND AFRICA
Elephants are the largest living land-based mammal and can weigh between 3,000 to 5,000 kg with a body length of over 6 metres.
COMMON NAME: KOALAS. SCIENTIFIC NAME: PHASCOLARCTOS CINEREUS. DISTRIBUTION: AUSTRALIA
The koala is an iconic Australian marsupial. They have thick fur which can be brown or grey in colour, large ears, a black nose and no tail.
COMMON NAME: LION. SCIENTIFIC NAME: PANTHERA LEO. DISTRIBUTION: AFRICA, ASIA
Lions are the second largest big cats after tigers. There are two species left in the world today - the African lion and the Asiatic lion.
COMMON NAME: PANGOLINS. SCIENTIFIC NAME: PHOLIDOTA. DISTRIBUTION: ASIA AND AFRICA
Pangolins are solitary, primarily nocturnal animals – so there’s a good chance you aren’t too familiar with them.
COMMON NAME: PARROTS. SCIENTIFIC NAME: PSITTACINES. DISTRIBUTION: SOUTH AMERICA, AFRICA, AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND
Parrots are known for being charismatic, intelligent and musical. Some of these birds can imitate non-avian sounds, like human speech!
COMMON NAME: SLOTH. SCIENTIFIC NAME: FOLIVORA. DISTRIBUTION: CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
There are two types of sloth, two-toed and three-toed. However, this can get confusing as both types have three claws, or ‘toes’, on their hind limbs.
COMMON NAME: SNAKES. SCIENTIFIC NAME: SERPENTES. DISTRIBUTION: EVERY CONTINENT EXCEPT ANTARCTICA
According to the latest count, there are 3,789 snake species, making them the second largest group of reptiles after lizards.
Test your knowledge about wild and farmed animals.
Aotearoa New Zealand is home to many bird species found nowhere else on earth. Test your bird knowledge with our fun quiz.
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Watch weird and wonderful facts about some of your favourite animals.
Let the elephants lead you on a virtual tour of Following Giants - an elephant-friendly venue in Koh Lanta.