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Aardvark
   has lived for   
24 Years
The aardvark has fewer teeth than most mammals. The teeth are columnar in shape, have no roots and do not grow simultaneously
African Elephant
   has lived for   
80 Years
The Largest known of the species is on display at the Smithsonian Institute and measures 13 feet tall and weighs 22 000 pounds.
African Grey Parrot
   has lived for   
73 Years
The Egyptians are thought to be the first to keep the African grey parrot as pets, as depicted in their hieroglyphics.
Alligator
   has lived for   
66 Years
The longest recorded length for an alligator is 19' 2'. This animal was trapped in the early 1900's in the State of Louisiana. Most wild alligators do not get above 13 feet in length, and may weigh 600 pounds or more.
Blue Whale
   has lived for   
110 Years
The Blue Whale is the largest mammal but possibly the largest animal ever to populate the world. The largest ever recorded was 108 foot long female. They can weight on average 150 ton.
Boa Constrictor
   has lived for   
40 Years
40 years and 3 months. The boa constrictor eats a wide variety of food. Young snakes eat mice, small birds, lizards, and frogs. As the snake grows, the size of its prey increases. Adults will eat monkeys, capybaras, agoutis, caimans, and wild pigs.
Californian Condor
   has lived for   
45 Years
The California Condor is one of the most endangered birds. The population steadily declined to fewer than 25 birds, mainly due to shooting and poisoning. In the 1980s, the remaining wild condors were captured for captive breeding programs. By 1992, the first captive-bred California Condors were reintroduced in California.
Camel
   has lived for   
50 Years
Domesticated thousands of years ago by frankincense traders, who trained the gangly cud-chewer to make the long and arduous journey from southern Arabia to the northern regions of the Middle East, the camel went on to become the desert dweller's primary source of transport, shade, milk, meat, wool and hides
Cat
   has lived for   
34 Years
Cat senses are attuned for hunting. Cats have highly advanced hearing, eyesight, taste, and touch receptors, making the cat extremely sensitive among mammals. Cats' night vision is superior to humans although their vision in daylight is inferior
Chimpanzee
   has lived for   
59 Years
59 years and 5 months. Chimps touch each other regularly and may kiss when they meet each other. They also hold hands and groom each other.
Dog
   has lived for   
29 Years
29 years, 6 months. Dogs are widely known as a mans best friend because of its loyal nature to humans.
Dolphin
   has lived for   
35 Years
A bottle nose Dolphin replaces it’s outermost skin every 2 hours. This gives it maximum speed at sea.
Eastern Box Turtle
   has lived for   
75 Years
Box turtles are most famous for their hinged shell, which allows them to retract almost completely into their bony armour to hide from danger. This shell has great regenerative powers. A case was reported in which the carapace of a badly burned box turtle underwent complete regeneration.
Eastern Imperial Eagle
   has lived for   
56 Years
IUCN (world conservation union) Red List of Threatened Species status: Vulnerable. The population is probably only a few thousand pairs.
Fin Whale
   has lived for   
116 Years
The Fin Whale is listed as endangered by the USDI
Frog
   has lived for   
20 Years
Giant Panda
   has lived for   
30 Years
Female Pandas are only able to conceive within a period of 3 days in spring.
Giraffe
   has lived for   
36 Years
36 years, 4 months. One step of a Giraffe can be 5 feet long and they can reach speeds of up to 60 km hour.
Goldfish
   has lived for   
43 Years
The world's most common household pet
Gorilla
   has lived for   
54 Years
Some gorillas have been taught sign language by people; these gorillas learned how to form simple sentences and communicate with people.
Grizzly Bear
   has lived for   
50 Years
In spite their huge size , these bears can run up to 50 km hour!
Hedgehog
   has lived for   
14 Years
Hedgehogs are a food source in many cultures. Hedgehog meat is still acceptable in some societies, and there are folk-remedies that include it as an ingredient.
Hippopotamus
   has lived for   
54 Years
54 years and 4 months. One of the largest mammals on earth. They can stay underwater for up to 15 min.
Horse
   has lived for   
62 Years
The first domestication of the horses was probably in the steppes of central Asia between 3000 and 4000 B.C. These first animals were kept for meat and milk. As early man became more mobile undoubtedly horses began to be used as pack animals.
Human
   has lived for   
122 Years
Jeanne Calment of France (1875–1997), who died aged 122 years and 164 days
Humpback Whale
   has lived for   
95 Years
The humpback whale is noted for having a beautiful “song” this is normally 10/20 minutes long and varies from different populations.
Indian Rhinoceros
   has lived for   
49 Years
Many people describe these rhinos as armour-plated, but they are actually covered with a layer of skin that has many folds. Also called the greater one-horned rhino, they are native to swampy areas of Northeast India and Nepal.
Jaguar
   has lived for   
22 Years
The Jaguar has no known predators. In comparison with the other cats of its size the jaguar has particularly power jaws and often kills its prey by piercing the skull with one swift bite.
Koala
   has lived for   
20 Years
Because the Koalas food source is highly toxic, being only certain types of Australian eucalyptus leaves, the infants first solid food is a paste like substance that the mother poos, which help the infants gut to neutralise the toxins in the leaves.
Lake Sturgeon
   has lived for   
152 Years
The female takes 20 years to mature and then only spawns every 4 to 6 years
Lion
   has lived for   
29 Years
Lions are the largest cat breed and are among one of the worlds most highly skilled predators. They are highly intelligent creatures and the Lionesses hunt together to bring down their prey.
Old World Porcupine
   has lived for   
27 Years
27 years, 4 months. Bacteria on quills can infect, and sometimes kill, the victim if the puncture wound is deep enough. The area with detached quills will grow back new quills
Orang-utan
   has lived for   
59 Years
Orang-utans are highly intelligent with an ability to reason and think. This large, gentle red ape is one of our closest relatives, sharing 97% of the same DNA as humans.
Platypus
   has lived for   
17 Years
The male platypus has venom strong enough to kill a small dog, or cause excruciating pain among humans.
Polar Bears
   has lived for   
38 Years
38 years and 2 months. Polar bears have been seen walking in a straight line for 32km (20 miles) to food, with only their nose to guide them. Polar bears have also sniffed out a seal ten football fields away that was hidden under 1m (3') of ice.
Queen Ant
   has lived for   
30 Years
A Queen Ant continually lays eggs throughout her lifetime. She can predetermine whether the eggs will be workers.
Raccoon
   has lived for   
20 Years
20 years and 7 months. The name "raccoon" come from the Indian word "arakum" which means "he scratches with his hands." Adult raccoons may be up to 3 feet long and weigh up to 30 pounds, although some male raccoons can weigh up to 40 pounds!
Red Kangaroo
   has lived for   
30 Years
Red Kangaroos are one of the largest species of marsupials. It can bound 29 feet in distance and 9 feet in height.
Spotted Hyena
   has lived for   
41 Years
41 years and 3 months. Lions are the Hyenas only known predator. They are well known for their laughing call which alerts the pack of potential food
Tiger
   has lived for   
26 Years
26 years, 4 months. Over the course of her life, a female tiger will give birth to an approximately equal number of male and female cubs
Tortoise
   has lived for   
188 Years
The Galapagos Tortoise is amongst the largest of the 40 species of tortoise.
Vampire Bat
   has lived for   
19 Years
19 years and 6 months. Rather than sucking blood, vampire bats make a small cut with their teeth and then lap up the flowing blood with their tongues. These bats are so light and agile that they are sometimes able to drink blood from an animal for more than 30 minutes without waking it up
Vulture
   has lived for   
39 Years
In Native American culture, the vulture was regarded as a very important totem animal. Representing cleansing of the spirit and strength to accept difficulty, it was a spiritual figure for many.
Wombat
   has lived for   
26 Years
26 years and 1 month. Female wombats have a reverse pouch as they are diggers and it prevents the pouch from filling with soil and killing the young. When fully grown they can weigh up to 36 kg.


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