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Madagascan Marvel, the Ruffed Lemur

Ever since the release of the film Madagascar, lemurs have been a staple of pop culture. Most people conjure of an image of a ring-tailed lemur when they hear the word, but that is only a single species. There are over well over 100 different kinds of lemurs, ranging in size from the one-ounce mouse…

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Painted Dogs of Africa

Africa is one of the last great wildnesses on Earth. It is the last continent still dominated by megafauna and the great carnivores that hunt them. At the top of the food chain sit the bigs cats—lion, leopard, cheetah—followed by the spotted hyena with its bone-crushing jaws, while the smaller predator guild is occupied by…

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The Aardvark, Africa’s Ant-eating Oddball

Africa is home to many amazing animals. It is the last bastion of megafauna, harboring a number of the largest land mammals on the planet. Vast herds of ungulates roam the savannahs, stalked by some of the world’s most iconic carnivores. Deadly reptiles and beautiful birds are found in tremendous diversity, and Africa is the…

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Size Matters: The Blue Whale

At over 10 feet tall and weighing more than five tons, the African bush elephant is largest land mammal alive today. These behemoths seem like mere insects compared to some of the great dinosaurs; the largest sauropods could weigh as much as an entire herd of elephants! Despite this immensity, there are still even bigger…

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Aye, aye for the Aye-aye!

Everybody loves lemurs. They have a much higher fluffiness factor than other primates that coupled with their large eyes makes them almost too cute to stand. However, not all lemurs fit into this mold. One species, the aye-aye, is bizarre even by the standards of this unusual primate group. Where do aye-ayes live? As with…

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Fabulous Frilled Dragons

Everybody wants a pet dinosaur but unfortunately, they’re extinct. Well, birds are still around, but back when Jurassic Park hit the big screen most people still associated them with lizards. One dinosaur, the Dilophosaurus, stood out thanks to its strange appearance. It sported a huge, extendable frill around its neck. As it turns out, the…

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