Southern White Rhinoceros

Our latest photo fact animal is the Southern White Rhinoceros, more accurately known as the Square-lipped Rhinoceros. These guys are larger than their Black counterpart but far less skittish! Dominant males will mark their territory, for example using dung middens, to which they will return repeatedly to top up! There are 5 species of rhinoceros, White, Black, Sumatran, Indian and Javan. Strangely enough as you can see from the picture these guys aren’t actually white but grey!

Southern White Rhinoceros

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Top 10 Of The World’s Most Dangerous Creatures!

Following our 10 Most Venomous Animals post last month, we are going to look at which of the world’s animals are most dangerous to human beings! You will be surprised that it’s not always the scariest or most poisonous animal that is our biggest killer! In this Top 10… list we will explore the world’s biggest animal threats towards us humans. It goes without saying that humans kill the most humans, we are our own biggest enemy. However, we also have diseases, wars and man-made objects to slow down human domination a little. Animals are helping us out too! What follows are the top 10 most dangerous human killing animals on earth!

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Look out killer moose!

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Arrr Arrrrrr Kea Parrot!

This crazy bird is not one you will find on any Pirate’s shoulder. First off he’s a bit too big, almost half a meter tall, secondly he’s a landlubber and only hangs around the mountains of New Zealand, so you’re more likely this guy when you are skiing. The Kea is one of the few Alpine parrots, they are intelligent and curious. They love to check out new things, and will often pick at passing tourists and cars.

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Crazy Shape-Shifting Octopus!

Check out this amazing Octopus! It’s like a crazy contortionist twisting and turning and slipping into all kinds of crazy shapes. It is well known that animals can change their colours or behaviour (mimicry) to fend of predators or fool prey but this nimble octopus is one of the only creatures able to change its shape as well!

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Is it a meerkat? An owl? No, no, it’s a Drongo!

Welcome to the wonderful world of mimicry! Where animals take on the appearance, sound, smell, or behaviour of another animal or its surroundings as a form of defence or tactical attacking technique to fool potential prey. Any of you Australians out there who thought I might go on about the origins of  dim-witted clumsy people have to look elsewhere I’m afraid.

There are a few main species of Drongo; the Black Drongo, the Spangled Drongo and the Fork-Tailed Drongo. The Black Drongo is native to Asia, the Spangled Drongo is native to Australia and the Fork-Tailed Drongo is found in Africa. These tweeting twitterers are actually quite aggressive and confident birds, often known to attack or invade larger birds’ territory and nests.

Fork Tailed Drongo

Master of the Mimic: the Fork Tailed Drongo

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