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Mammals have unique brains and are often very intelligent. Humans are the most intelligent. Other intelligent mammals include the dolphin, the elephant, the chimpanzee, and the pig!

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Warm-blooded vertebrate that is distinguished by the possession of hair or fur, females that secrete milk for the nourishment of the young, and (typically) the birth of live young.

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Did you Know?

  • There are more than 4,200 species of mammals. All but two give birth to live young. The other two – the Duck-Billed Platypus and the Echidna – hatch their young from eggs.
  • Many mammals spend their childhood running, jumping, and playing, but giraffe calves play less because they need to use their energy to grow. Giraffes protect themselves by being big, so their goal is to grow as large as they can, as fast as they can.
  • Shrews have so little body fat they cannot go more than a couple of hours without food. Missing a meal is a sure way to a quick death. A good night’s sleep could be fatal.
  • Hooded Seals go from infancy to childhood to adolescence to adulthood in just four days – the shortest childhood of any mammal.
  • Bats hang upside-down because they can’t stand right-side up. Their leg bones are too thin to hold up their bodies.
  • Hippopotamuses give birth and breastfeed under water – even though almost all their predators live in the water.
  • Bats live 20-30 years, remarkably long for such a small animal.

 

 

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The Wildlife Protection Foundation

wpf lowest resWith wildlife conservation & community projects in Peru, Madagascar, Africa and Colombia. The Wildlife Protection Foundation is working to save endangered species and habitats all over the world. From rescuing and releasing animals back to the wild to building fresh water wells for local African villages the WPF has a very active hands on approach to achieving results.