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Large Mammals


  • The largest land mammal is the elephant followed by the rhino.
  • The giraffe is the tallest of all living land animals, measuring up to 5.8 m
  • The largest living land carnivore, on average, is the Kodiak Bear. Although polar bears may be bigger they are generally considered to be marine mammals.
  • The red kangaroo is the largest living marsupial, and the largest member of the kangaroo family
  • The White rhinocerous is the largest of the rhino species weighing up to 4,500 kg and up to 2m tall.
  • The largest of the tapirs is the Malayan tapir, the only member of the family outside of South America.
  • The largest living sloths are the Linnaeus and hoffmans two toed sloths which both can range up to 10 kg and 0.86 m long.
  • The largest living rodent is the capybara. Full-grown capybaras can reach 1.5 m long and 0.9 m tall and weigh 105.4 kg.
  • The giant otter, by length, is the largest of the mustelids. Measuring up to 2.4m in total.
  • The largest living member of canidae is the gray wolf. 

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fun facts


  • A giraffe’s tongue is 20 inches long. They use it to clean their own ears.
  • A hard working mole can dig a hole up to 300 feet deep over night.
  • A whale’s heart beats very slowly. As slow as once every 6 seconds.
  • Beavers can hold their breath for up to 15 minutes.
  • Drivers actually kill more deer than hunters do.
  • There are over 4,200 species of mammals.
  • Even though it has a hump, a camel’s spine is straight.
  • Cheetahs can run as fast as 70 miles per hour.