What persuades them to leave the warmth of their wintering grounds and make the dangerous return trip?
It’s common knowledge that bigger animals like dogs and horses are faster than little creatures like ants and mice, so why aren’t elephants the fastest runners?
It’s no secret that we humans love our sleep. Without it, brain function rapidly degenerates, and we’re not the only ones this affects.
Lisa Watkins, deputy head of ungulates and white rhino keeper at West Midland Safari Park, works with some of the world’s largest creatures
Tony Cholerton, a senior tiger keeper at ZSL London Zoo, speaks to us about what it’s like to spend every day with these big cats
The vertebrate record for most offspring has been set by the oceanic sunfish, which can produce a staggering 300 million eggs at a time
Hibernation is a winter activity for animals that live in cool countries to escape the weather, but in hot countries animals do the opposite It’s called aestivation, and animals do it to avoid the hottest times of year … Continued
Snakes are thought to have evolved from four-legged reptiles, and the oldest snake fossils are dated at 150 million years old
Animals of different classes have extremely different bones, varying in size, structure and even material
Rodents, rabbits and even some apes eat their own dung to absorb maximum nutrition from their meals
Cone cells in the eyes are responsible for recognising colour, and different animals have between one and 16 types of cones. The more types of cones an animal has, the more colours it can see
There has been very little research done on snakes and sleep so the exact mechanisms are unknown but snakes do sleep despite not having any eyelids
Rhino horns are made out of the same protein that makes our hair and fingernails – keratin. So why are they so strong and pointy? Well the horns grow from the bottom upwards, the outer part if softened over … Continued
There are in fact different kinds of spider web, which vary depending on the species. Once you learn to recognise the different patters of web, you will be able to tell which type of spider made it. Orb webs are … Continued
There is an abundance of videos and websites online claiming that it is possible to hypnotise a chicken. They claim that by holding the chicken’s head down to the ground and drawing a straight line from the beak extending outwards … Continued
It has always been generally accepted that chimpanzees are our closet relatives, but recent genome sequencing has shown this may not be the case.
After mating with a male, the female black widow does actually eat him – simply because he is the closest highly nutritious meal