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Wildlife Quiz

#1. What feature is visibly different between alligators and crocodiles?

The snout shape and is probably the easiest way to distinguish alligators from crocodiles. Alligators have a wide, rounded, u-shaped snout, while crocodiles have long, pointed, v-shaped snouts. Believe it or not, the difference in shape means that alligators can exert more strength from their mouths, which is useful in cracking open hard-shelled vertebrates, like turtles.

#2. In which of the following animals do the males give birth?

The female seahorse deposits her eggs inside the male’s pouch. The male then fertilizes the eggs inside the pouch. Instead of growing their babies inside a uterus like human moms do, seahorse dads carry their babies in a pouch.

#3. Which animal is featured on the logo of the World Wildlife Fund?

The giant panda is perhaps the most powerful symbol in the world when it comes to species conservation. Adored around the world, the distinctive black and white animal is a national treasure in China and has been the symbol of WWF since its formation in 1961.

#4. It is not easy to differentiate between a leopard and a jaguar. In addition to the body size, which other physical feature can help us tell them apart?

Though jaguars and leopards both have coats that feature rosette patterns, a jaguar’s rosettes have spots inside them.

#5. What is a group of owls called?

A group of owls is referred to as a ‘parliament’, as owls are considered wise. In Greek mythology, owls are also known to be a symbol for Athena, the goddess of wisdom and reason.

#6. What are the horns of rhinoceroses made from?

Rhino horn is made up primarily of keratin – a protein found in hair, fingernails, and animal hooves. When carved and polished, horn takes on a translucence and luster that increase as the object ages.

#7. Which word is used to call a group of sharks?

#8. What is the colour of a polar bear’s skin?

The skin of a polar bear is actually black. The black skin allows them to absorb more UV light to stay warm. The hair of the polar bear, which is hollow, acts like a fiber optic cable directing the light to the surface of the skin.

#9. Which unique tactic do pangolins often use to defend and protect themselves?

They are the only mammals wholly-covered in scales. Every Pangolin is protected by about 120 pieces of scales lined up neatly to fully cover its body from head to tail and they use those scales to protect themselves from predators in the wild. If under threat, a pangolin will immediately curl into a tight ball and will use their sharp-scaled tails to defend themselves.

#10. What is the only insect that can turn its head?

The praying mantis can turn its head 180 degrees to scan its surroundings with two large compound eyes and three other simple eyes located between them.

#11. Over the period from 1970 to 2010, the global population increased by more than 50 per cent. How much percentage did the wildlife population decrease in the same period?

Humanity has wiped out 60% of mammals, birds, fish and reptiles since 1970, leading the world’s foremost experts to warn that the annihilation of wildlife is now an emergency that threatens civilisation.

#12. What is the world’s smallest dog breed?

#13. A baby goat is called a ________.

#14. Which bird, also known as "the farmer of the forest", is the state bird of Arunachal Pradesh?

#15. How long does it normally take for a sloth to digest all the food?

Like many herbivorous mammals, sloths have a multi-chambered stomachs filled with symbiotic bacteria that can break down cellulose. Sloths digest food even more slowly than they eat it. In fact, it can take up to a month for a sloth to digest a single meal, according to the Jacksonville Zoo in Florida.
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