August 28, 2013

Exposed Facts

  • The average lioness hunts more than 1,000 times in her life.

  • The olive baboon troop in the show is enormous—almost 200 members strong.

  • Fewer than 500 Ethiopian wolves remain in the wild.

  • Big-headed mole rats, the favorite prey of Ethiopian wolves, only come above ground for a total of about 20 minutes per day.

  • American alligators can cycle through 3,000 teeth in a lifetime.

  • When resting, alligators can lower their heart rate down to as low as two beats per minute.

  • Reddish egret feathers were once very popular as a decoration in women’s hats.

  • Dolphins’ strand-feeding strategy is not innate—it's a taught behavior passed down to younger dolphins.

  • Dolphins’ echolocation is strong enough to detect fish a football field away.

  • Scorpions can have up to 12 eyes.

  • Bearcats can live up to 20 years in the wild.

  • Lions spend up to 21 hours per day lying around or sleeping.

  • Lionesses in a pride do at least 90% of the hunting.

  • Olive baboons can be found in 25 countries throughout Africa.

  • Bearcats, also called binturongs, smell like buttered popcorn; this scent is emitted from an oil gland and is useful for attacting mates and warning off other bearcats trespassing on their territory.

  • It’s thought that bearcat females are capable of delaying implantation. In other words, they can wait to give birth until environmental conditions are right.

  • The species of water monitors most common on Palawan are distinguished from other monitors by their numbers of scales.

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