[Myrmecophaga tridactyla}
  Habitat:  Tropical forests, savannas, grasslands
  Length: 3-4'
  Weight: 40-85 lbs
  Average Lifespan: 26 years (captive)
  Gestation Period: 6 months
  Number of Young: 1
  Conservation Status: Vulnerable

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- Largest living anteater
- The long nose is a bone tube formed by the fusion of the upper and lower jaw
- Their long, sticky tongue can measure up to 20 inches
- Long hair and rubbery skin protect them from ant and termite bites
- Almost blind, but have a very keen sense of smell
- Rips open anthills and termite mounds with their powerful claws
- Drinks in their prey by creating a vacuum in their throat, sucking the insects in, aided by their long sticky tongues
- Carry their young on their back, aligned with the white stripe for camouflage

  [Kobus ellipsiprymnus]
  Habitat: Scrub and savanna
  Height: 5' to shoulder
  Weight:
500 lbs
  Max Lifespan: 18 years
  Gestation Period: 8 months
  Number of Young: 1 [twins rarely]
  Horns: Male only
  Conservation Status: Least Concern

  

 

- Waterbuck mothers hide their young for about 3 weeks
- Feedings for young waterbucks last only about 5 minutes, the mother cleans the calf so that no odor is left to attract predators
- Waterbuck hair is permanently greased with an oily, water-repellent secretion
- Also known as "Hirschantilope" in German, which can be translated as "deer antelope"

  [Ailurus fulgens fulgens]
  Habitat: Mountainous mixed deciduous and conifer forests
  Length:
20-25”
  Weight:
7-14 lbs
  Max Lifespan: 8-
10 years
  Gestation Period:
112-158 days
  Number of Young:
1-4
  Conservation Status: Endangered

 

- Also known as the lesser panda or red cat-bear.
- Scientific name means “fire-colored cat”.
- Has a “false thumb” that is an extension of the wrist bone.
- When descending a tree head-first, the red panda rotates its ankle to control its descent.
- Before giving birth, females build a nest usually in a hollow tree or rock crevice.

  [Phacochoerus africanus]
  Habitat: Open and wooded savannas, grass-steppes, and semi-deserts
  Height:
30"
  Weight: 110-130 lbs
  Max Lifespan: 15 years
  Gestation Period: 170-175 days
  Number of Young: 2 to 4 (typical)
  Conservation Status: Least Concern

  

- Their large, flat heads are covered with "warts," which are actually protective bumps
- Tusks are used for digging, for combat and defense
- Prefer to lie in burrows
- Can run at speeds up to 30 mph

  [Choloepus didactylus]
  Habitat:  Tropical moist lowland and montane forest
  Length: 21-29”
  Weight: 9-17 lbs
  Gestation: 10 months
  Number of Young: 1
  Conservation Status: Least Concern

  
  -  Known as the slowest animals in the world due to their slow metabolism and slow sleepy movements
  -  Stay hanging in one tree, usually upside down, for very long periods, coming down to the forest floor only once a week to defecate
  -  Have specialized hair that encourages algae growth; will eat the algae in food shortages and acts as camouflage
  -  Sleep as much as 15 hours a day and active only at night to eat



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