What are the fun facts of giant panda?

Giant panda is living in the thick bamboo forests, high up in the mountains of central China. It belongs to the family of bears.

It has large, black patches around its eyes, over the ears and across its otherwise white body. Its skin is black under the black fur and pink under the white fur.

Though it eats small animals and fish, bamboo represents 99% of its diet. It spends 14-16 hours per day eating. It can grow up to 15 m. ironically, when born we are just 15 cm, which is as long as your smaller ruler. It does not hibernate like other bears.

It’s thought that these magnificent mammals are solitary animals, with males and females only coming together briefly to mate. Recent research, however, suggests that giant pandas occasionally meet outside of breeding season, and communicate with each other through scent marks and calls. Female pandas give birth to one or two cubs every two years. Cubs stay with their mothers for 18 months before venturing off on their own! Sadly, these beautiful bears are endangered, and it’s estimated that only around 1,000 remain in the wild. That’s why we need to do all we can to protect them!

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What are the fun facts of jaguar?

Jaguar is the third largest cat in the world after lion and tiger. It is found in North, Central and South America.

It has a tan or orange fur covered with black spots arranged in rosettes. It is an ambush predator, known for killing its prey with a single bite.

Unlike most cats, it likes to spend time in water and is an excellent swimmer.  It is a solitary, territorial animal. It defines its territory by making scratches on tree barks.

Jaguars are carnivores, which means they eat only meat. In the wild, jaguars will use their speed and stealth to take down deer, peccary, monkeys, birds, frogs, fish, alligators and small rodents. If wild food is scarce, these large cats will also hunt domestic livestock. 

Their jaws are stronger than any other species of cat. With these strong jaws, jaguars will crunch down on bones and eat them. Their jaws are strong enough to crack a sea turtle's shell, according to the BBC. In fact, in the zoo, bones are part of a jaguars' regular diet.

They also don't like to share their food. Jaguars will only eat their prey after dragging into the trees, even if the trees are quite a distance away.

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What are the fun facts of California condor?

California condor is a North America’s largest flying bird. It travels widely to feed on carcasses of deer, pigs, and other animals. It can survive up to two weeks without eating.

Its body is black, with striking white patches under the wings. It has a red-to-orange head and beak. It nests in caves on cliffs of tall mountains.

California condors live in rocky shrubland, coniferous forests, and oak savannas. They are often found near cliffs or large trees, which they use as nesting sites.

The California condor is one of the world’s longest-living birds, with a lifespan of up to 60 years.

The body is feathered in black with large white patches on the underside of the wings; a black feather ruff rings the neck. The sexes are alike in coloring and plumage.

The most valuable role of carrion feeders is the safe disposal of dead, decomposing and diseased animals, protecting human and animal co-habitants from ill effect.

California condors have a very hardy and effective immune system, so they don’t get sick from any of the bacteria they may come in contact with when feeding on decaying animals.

California condors are tidy birds; they like to groom themselves – plumage is carefully preened and kept well arranged; the bare head and neck are cleaned after feeding – by rubbing them on grass, rocks, or branches.

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What are the fun facts of stingray?

Stingray is a kind of cartilaginous fish that lives in the shallow waters. It has a flat body. It’s skeleton is made up of cartilages (just like your ears). While its eyes are located on the dorsal side, my mouth, nostrils, and gill slits are situated on its underbelly.

It is an ovoviviparous creature. That is, the young are hatched from eggs held within the body of the female.

It is not usually aggressive and it attacks humans only when provoked. Contact with the stinger causes local trauma, pain and swelling. The sting may become fatal only if the affected area is a vital organ.

Stingrays use a super set of senses to search for food. Special gel-filled pits across the front of their face, (called Ampullae of Lorenzini), allow them to pick up electrical signals from other animals when they move – cool! Their eyes are on the topside of their body and their mouth and gills can be found underneath, so in the darker depths or murky rivers this electromagnetic sense is especially useful for searching for prey.

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What are the fun facts of spectacled bear?

Spectacled bear is the only species of bear that lives in South America. It inhabits the dense Andean jungles. Its body is covered in brown, black or reddish fur. Patches of creamy fur can be seen on the chest, throat and around the eyes. The whitish markings around the eyes look like spectacles and that’s how it got its name. However, some individuals lack the patches.

It spends most of its time on the trees, descending only to search for food. It is a solitary animal. Mature spectacled bears are normally seen together only during mating season.

It feeds mainly on shoots and fruit, but occasionally supplements its diet with meat. It does not hibernate.

Their habitat is being destroyed by a number of things such as farming, lumber and mining operations. They also sometimes are hunted by farmers because as their habitat shrinks they may stray onto farmland and eat the crops that have replaced their natural diet. Also some farmers think that the bears will eat their livestock although they do not eat large quantities of meat. They are hunted for their gall bladders which can fetch a high price in the international market as they are valued in traditional Chinese medicine.

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