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Why aren’t the biggest animals the fastest?

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?

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Do all animals sleep?

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.

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Interview with a rhino keeper

Lisa Watkins, deputy head of ungulates and white rhino keeper at West Midland Safari Park, works with some of the world’s largest creatures

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Interview with a tiger keeper

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

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Which animal has the most offspring?

The vertebrate record for most offspring has been set by the oceanic sunfish, which can produce a staggering 300 million eggs at a time

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Do animals in hot countries hibernate?

  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

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How did snakes lose their legs?

Snakes are thought to have evolved from four-legged reptiles, and the oldest snake fossils are dated at 150 million years old

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Are all animal bones the same?

Animals of different classes have extremely different bones, varying in size, structure and even material

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Do animals see in colour?

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

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Are all spider webs the same?

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

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Can chickens be hypnotised?

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

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