Zebras are odd-toed ungulates like horses and rhinoceroses. An ungulate is an animal with hooves (deer, giraffes, antelopes, horses, zebras and rhinoceroses). Zebras have very good eyesight and sense of smell. They are able to run very fast.
Zebras are black and white. Their black and white stripes help them to hide in tall grass and open dry plains.
The black stripes on zebras have an extra layer of fat. Their black stripes can get up to 18 F (10 C) hotter than their white stripes.
Zebras reach around 53 inches tall and weigh 500-700 pounds. They are resistant to diseases that affect cattle and zebras usually look well-fed even under poor conditions.
Baby zebras have shorter necks and long legs. They are born with long, furry hair and their black stripes are initially brown.
Zebras are found in Africa. They live in savannahs, plains and near mountains. There are 3 types of zebras: Plains, Grevy and Mountain zebras. Plains Zebras are not endangered or threatened, but the Grevy and Mountain Zebras are because their habitats are disappearing and they are over-hunted by humans.
Zebras can live up to 40 years old in captivity. In the wild their lifespan is much shorter.
The ostrich (Struthio camelus) is a large flightless bird that lives in Africa.
It has a long neck and long legs and can run up to 65 km/h (40 mph). It is the fastest land bird alive.
The ostrich is also the largest bird and lays the largest eggs.
The Galapagos tortoise is the largest living tortoise. It can only be found on the Galapagos islands.
They can weigh over 300 kilograms (660lb) and measure 1.2 meters (4 ft) long.
It is believed that Galapagos tortoises can live to 200 years.
Arowanas are freshwater fish of the family Osteoglossidae. The are also known as aruanas or arawanas.
Their head is bony and their long body is covered by large scales. The dorsal and the anal fins have soft rays and are long based, while the pectoral and ventral fins are small.
Arowanas can breathe from air by sucking it into their swim bladder. The swim bladder is lined with capillaries like lung tissue.
Arowanas can grow up to 3-4 feet in length.
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