• River otters spend half of their lives sleeping. That can mean ten years of snoozing for many otters • River otters have ears and nose with special skin that closes and keeps them watertight underwater • Male river otters are approximately 17% larger than females • River otters can hold their breath for up to 8 minutes.


• Penguins dive off cliffs into the water, hop back up onto the land and dive down again. Line-ups for good diving spots can get very long • Penguins pick up stones and store them in their crops. This helps them to float when they are in water • They leap out of water while swimming • They can walk faster than humans.


• Jerboas are capable of eating flying insects. They utilize sounds to pinpoint the location of the prey. After which, they do a very quick leap to catch the flying prey • Jerboa’s head is much like that of a young rabbit. When it eats, it sits and holds its food in its fore-paws, very much as a squirrel does.

Eagle Owl

• An eagle-owls flight is powerful and fast with shallow wing beats and long fast glides • Female eagle owls are one third larger than males • No owls build their own nest • An owl’s eyes do not move instead owls can move their heads almost three quarters around in each direction without moving their body.


• If necessary, a hedgehog can run over six feet per second. In fact, hedgehogs will attempt to escape an attacker before they roll into a protective spiny ball • Hedgehogs have very sensitive sense of hearing. They can even hear in the ultrasonic range • Hedgehog is born with its spines lying just under the skin. The spines will “sprout” 2-3 days after they are born.

Fennec Fox

• Fennec foxes can jump straight up a little over two feet and four feet horizontally from a dead stand still. They use these skills in both escape from capture and to catch • Fennec foxes’ satellite-disk ears help them hunt at night; it can hear prey moving underground

Egyptian Fruit Bat

Like other bats, Egyptian fruit bats use sonar (called "echolocation") to navigate at night. However, they are the only bat known to use echolocation that is audible to the human ear.


• The pupils of a caracal’s eyes contract to circles rather than slits • A caracal’s hind legs are noticeably longer than his front legs.

Sand Cats

• Sand cat’s furry feet leave no tracks in the sand • Their claws are very dull since they have nothing to sharpen them against in the desert.