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  • Asian Elephant

    March 21, 2012 | Posted By: | Animals |

    Asian elephants are smaller than their African cousins, and are sadly endangered, with just 30,000 to 40,000 individuals remaining in wild habitats of South-East Asia. Asian elephants can live up to 60 years in the wild and 80 years in captivity, and top the scales between two to five tonnes!

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    Carpet Python

    March 21, 2012 | Posted By: | Animals |

    Carpet pythons are non-venomous and harmless to humans, and can reach lengths of up to 3.5 meters. There are six sub-species ranging from tropical to arid habitats along coastal Australia, each with their own unique colourings and markings.

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    Camels

    March 21, 2012 | Posted By: | Animals |

    There are two species of camel, but these gorgeous girls are known as dromedaries – they have only one hump, which help to both regulate their body temperature and store fat as a source of energy. While native to west Asia, today the only wild camels in the world are found right here in Australia!

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    Rhino

    March 21, 2012 | Posted By: | Animals |

    The southern white rhinoceros is the second largest land mammal on earth, and are actually grey in colour. Their name is a misinterpretation of the Afrikaans word “weit”, which means “wide”, used to describe their large lips used for grazing the grassy savannahs of southern Africa.

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    Koala

    March 21, 2012 | Posted By: | Animals |

    Koalas vary in size and colour depending on where they live, with northern koalas smaller and lighter. Sadly, the south-eastern Queensland koala population is nearing extinction, with many threats to the species including loss of habitat, car hits, domestic pet attacks, and disease.

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    Kangaroo

    March 21, 2012 | Posted By: | Animals |

    Kangaroos are the world’s largest marsupial, and carry their young in a pouch while hopping on their hind legs and using their strong tails for balance. Kangaroos are one of only a few Australian animals not able to walk backwards, and appear alongside the emu on the Australian coat of arms.

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    Blue & Gold Macaw

    March 21, 2012 | Posted By: | Animals |

    The blue-and-gold macaw is one of seven species of macaw found in South America, and this beautiful bird is sadly endangered. The main threats to their survival are habitat destruction and the illegal wildlife pet trade, with almost one million parrots taken from the wild every year.

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    Rhinoceros Iguana

    March 21, 2012 | Posted By: | Animals |

    The rhinoceros iguana gets its name from the three growths on their noses, which look somewhat similar to rhino horns! These lizards can grow up to two feet long and are primarily herbivores, eating fruit, leaves and flowers found on their native island of Hispaniola, in the Caribbean.

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    American Alligator

    March 21, 2012 | Posted By: | Animals |

    The American alligator belongs to a sub-family of crocodilians which also includes caimans, and can be found in southern aquatic habitats of the United States of America. American alligators can reach lengths of up to 4.5m and are very occasionally spotted in the ocean, though they must return regularly to freshwater to drink and rid their bodies of salt.

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    Komodo Dragon

    March 21, 2012 | Posted By: | Animals |

    The Komodo dragon is the world’s largest living land lizard, growing up to three meters long and weighing up to 100kg! This endangered species can be found on Indonesian islands, and hunt their prey using about 60 serrated teeth covered in poisonous saliva.

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    Aldabran Tortoise

    March 21, 2012 | Posted By: | Animals |

    The Aldabran tortoise is the largest species of land tortoise in the world, growing up to one metre tall and weighing up to 300kg. They live on the island of Aldabra in the Indian Ocean, off the east coast of Africa, with small populations being introduced to surrounding islands to ensure the vulnerable species’ survival.

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    Dingo

    March 21, 2012 | Posted By: | Animals |

    Dingoes are Australia’s wild dog, and arrived about 5000 years ago by Indonesian seafarers. They are found through most of mainland Australia but the species is now endangered, with truly pure dingoes extremely rare. Dingoes do not bark, but howl like wolves.

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