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Maasai Ostrich Though they cannot fly, ostriches are fleet, strong runners. They can sprint up to 43 miles (70 kilometers) an hour and run over distance at 31 miles (50 kilometers) an hour. They may use their wings as "rudders" to help them change direction while running. An ostrich's powerful, long legs can cover 10 to 16 feet (3 to 5 meters) in a single stride. These legs can also be formidable weapons. Ostrich kicks can kill a human or a potential predator like a lion. Each two-toed foot has a long, sharp claw. Ostriches live in small herds that typically contain less than a dozen birds. Alpha males maintain these herds, and mate with the group's dominant hen. The male sometimes mates with others in the group, and wandering males may also mate with lesser hens. All of the group's hens place their eggs in the dominant hen's nest, although her own are given the prominent center place. The dominant hen and male take turns incubating the giant eggs, each one of which weighs as much as two dozen chicken eggs.
Naked Mole Rat The Naked Mole Rat comes from Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya and spends nearly it's whole life underground. Similar to bees and termites, the colony is ruled by a Queen who is the only female to breed and can have up to 27 babies in a litter.
Oriental Small-Clawed Otter These otters occur around rivers and coastal waters, in India, South-eastern China, Nepal, Bhutan, Vietnam, Indonesia, Philippines and Thailand, in family groups of up to 12 animals. They are very vocal, with calls ranging from mewing like a cat to high-pitched whistling. This is the smallest otter species and weighs 5Kg. The largest is the Giant Otter weighing 30kg.
Red Panda In spite of its name, the Red Panda may not be closely related to the Giant Panda, but may be distantly related to the racoon family, or, even be in a family of its own! Red Pandas tend to be active in the morning and evening and rest up during the day. Our Red Pandas often sleep in the trees in their enclosure where they feel secure.
Reindeer Reindeer are the only type of deer in which both male and female reindeer have antlers. Female reindeer retain their antlers until they give birth to their young in the spring. Keeping their antlers throughout the winter ensures they are able to compete for food while pregnant. Male reindeer shed their antlers each winter.
Ring-Tailed Lemur The Ring-tailed lemur lives in a wide range of habitats such as deciduous forests with grass floors, or forests along and also wet brush where few trees grow. However, it is thought that the Ring-tailed lemur needs primary forest (undisturbed) in order to survive. They are found in southern and south western Madagascar. Ring-tailed lemurs are social animals, living in groups of up to 24 individuals of both sexes where females are dominant.
Seba's Fruit Bat Seba’s short-tailed bats live in moist evergreen and dry deciduous lowland forests of Central and South America. Seba’s short-tailed bats are most active just after sunset. They feed on more than 50 types of fruit, much of which grows on low-lying shrubs. They supplement their diet with pollen and insects. They rely on an excellent sense of smell to locate food, and usually travel within a mile of their roost to find it.
Siamang Largest of all the gibbons, the Siamang was classified in its own genus, Symphalangus, until 1972. Both sexes are large, black and stocky in stature and possess a dark-grey throat sac which they inflate when making their loud, territorial call. The male screams his part while the female produces a series of barks. The Siamang has a diet of leaves, fruit, flowers and a small quantity of animal matter.
Six-Banded Armadillo The six-banded armadillo, also known as the yellow armadillo, is a species of armadillo from South America. It is found in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Uruguay, Paraguay and isolated populations in Suriname (there known as siksi-banti kapasi). Its body is usually yellowish in color, sometimes tan or light reddish-brown. It is a solitary terrestrial animal, living in many habitats from rainforest to grassland, but mainly found on open areas, such as cerrado plains. It is omnivorous, feeding on a wide range of plant and animal matter. It shelters in a den underground. Unlike most species of armadillo, the six-banded armadillo is mostly diurnal rather than nocturnal.
Slender-Tailed Meerkat Lives in family units of about ten individuals. They have very long fore-claws which are used for digging for insects and excavating their burrows. They are active during the early morning and evening, spending the rest of the time sun-basking and sleeping. One individual will always act as sentry on the look-out for predators, usually viewing from the highest bush or rock in the area. A typical sight of the meerkat is when they stand erect using their tail as a rest, like a tripod. !!<>!!Keep an eye on your adopted species via our live webcam.!!<>!!
Snowy Owl The male Snowy owl is almost entirely white whereas the female is slightly larger and has dark barring and spots over her head and body . These large owls breed on the Arctic tundra, where females lay a clutch of 3 to 11 eggs. Clutch size depends upon the availability of food, and in particularly lean times a usually monogamous pair of owls may not breed at all. Parents are territorial and will defend their nests against all comers - even wolves. A snowy owl's preferred meal is lemmings. An adult may eat more than 1,600 lemmings a year, or three to five every day. The birds supplement their diet with rabbits, rodents, birds, and fish. These owls sometimes remain year-round in their northern breeding grounds, but they are frequent migrants to Canada, the northern United States, Europe, and Asia. Lemming availability may determine the extent of southern migration, when owls take up summer residence on open fields, marshes, and beaches.
Southern White Rhinoceros The name White Rhino is a corruption of the Afrikaans word weit, which means wide, a reference to its wide mouth. There are two sub-species of White Rhino, the southern and northern races. The northern is the rarest rhino, taxon numbering only 25 in the wild and 9 in captivity. The rarest Rhino species is the Javan which numbers only a hundred in the wild and none in captivity. The most spectacular decline in recent years has been suffered by the Black Rhino in Africa, down from 60,000 in 1970 to approximately 2,600 today, due to poaching for its valuable horn.

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