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African Penguins

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  • Great white, mako and salmon sharks will drown if they stop moving.

  • A leopard can climb 50 feet up a tree with a dead animal in its mouth, even if the animal is bigger than itself.

  • Elephants throw sand on their backs and heads to prevent themselves from getting sunburn.

  • The name hippopotamus comes from a Greek word that means “water or river horse.”

  • Bears can run up to 35 miles per hour.

  • Lions can be inactive for 21 hours a day.

  • A hyena can eat one-third of its body weight in one meal.

  • Wolves can sprint at over 35 miles per hour for short distances.

  • The African buffalo is also known as the Cape buffalo.

  • Chimpanzees are classified as apes and not as monkeys. One difference between apes and monkeys is that monkeys usually have tails, and apes do not.

  • An adult koala eats about 1 to 2 pounds of leaves every day.

  • African penguins have excellent underwater vision, but they are nearsighted on land.

  • Crocodiles have the most highly developed brains of all the reptile species.

  • The stripe pattern on each zebra is as unique as a fingerprint.

  • African Wild Dogs usually hunt twice daily, in early morning and early evening.