Did you Know?

Amazing facts for kids about our planet and how we live our lives — facts that are stranger than fiction! Prepare to be amazed, because truth can be stranger than fact, sometimes!

The Asian elephant has the longest tail of…

The Asian elephant has the longest tail of any land mammal. Excluding the tuft of hair on the end, the tail can be up to 1.5 m (5 ft) long.

The greatest gathering of any type of mammal…

The greatest gathering of any type of mammal takes place on the Pribil Islands in the Bering Sea. Each year about 1½ million Alaskan fur seals go there to breed, producing 500,000 pups.

The very rare bumblebee bat from Thailand…

The very rare bumblebee bat from Thailand is the smallest flying mammal. Adults have a wingspan of about 160 mm (6.3 in), about the same as that of a large butterfly. They weigh about as much as five drawing pins.

The sportive lemur gets its name because…

The sportive lemur gets its name because, if attacked, it raises its fists like a boxer and punches its enemy. It feeds on Somy tree flowers. The tree is covered in sharp spikes but the lemur does not seem to hurt itself as it...

Until the age of three months a cheetah cub…

Until the age of three months a cheetah cub has a thick mane of smoky-grey hair on its back. The mane is about 8 cm (3 in) long and helps hide the cub among dry grasses and bushes. Manes also make an animal look...

Some mammals use twigs or stones as tools…

Some mammals use twigs or stones as tools. The sea otter floats on its back in the water with a large stone balanced on its stomach. It smashes shellfish against the stone to open them up to eat. The otter keeps its face turned...

In 1925 Sauer, a Dobermann Pinsher, tracked…

In 1925 Sauer, a Dobermann Pinsher, tracked two thieves 160 km (100 miles) across the Great Karroo desert in South Africa just by following their scent.

In 1700, there were some 60 million buffaloes…

In 1700, there were some 60 million buffaloes in North America. Millions were killed for their meat and because their grazing land was needed for farming. By 1880, there were only a few hundred left. Today, the buffaloes are making a slow comeback. There...

Paraceratherium was the biggest land mammal…

Paraceratherium was the biggest land mammal there has ever been. It lived about 35 million years ago in Asia and Europe and was 8m (26 ft) tall and 11 m (36 ft) long. It looked like a gigantic rhinoceros but had a long neck...

Emperor penguins dive down to depths of 265m…

Emperor penguins dive down to depths of 265m (870ft), staying under for up to nine minutes, occasionally even twice as long. Between dives, they comb their feathers to trap air in them, which helps to keep them warm in the cold water.

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