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Elephant Rampage Facts

Owl staring straight ahead with its big yellow eye, in South Africa.

Owl staring straight ahead with its big yellow eye, in South Africa. (View larger version)

Photograph by Aquavision TV Productions

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  • There have been cases of bull sharks being found thousands of miles up the Amazon River.

  • A leopard’s spots are called rosettes.

  • African elephants are the largest land mammals on the planet.

  • Gorillas can reach the age of 35 years in the wild, and up to 54 years in captivity.

  • The African wild dog is also known as the African painted dog, because of its distinct markings.

  • A male lion can devour over 40 pounds of meat per meal.

  • Dolphins do not chew their food. They swallow it whole.

  • Vultures have a pouch in their throat called a crop that can store food for eating later.

  • The most widespread baboon species is the olive baboon, or anubis baboon.

  • Implala are the most common antelope in the African bushveld.

  • A giraffe’s tongue is 18-20 inches long.

  • There are 37 different species of mongoose.

  • The black mamba gets its name for the color inside its mouth: black.

  • The Boston terrier was the 23rd most popular dog breed in the United States in 2012, according to the American Kennel Club (AKC).

  • Tiger sharks get their name from the stripes across their bodies.

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