Saturday, August 26, 2006


Hippos are gregarious, living in groups of up to 40 animals, called a pod, herd, school or bloat. A hippo's lifespan is typically 40 to 50 years.

The eyes, ears, and nostrils of the hippo rest high on the top of his skull. This allows him to spend most of his day with the majority of his body submerged in the waters of tropical rivers to stay cool and prevent sunburn.

For one of those oh so charming inter-species stories click here to read about Owen and Mzee. This hippo and tortoise have formed a unique bond of friendship, even working out their own unique vocal communication.


Hippo Art

Friday, August 25, 2006

Gorilla My Dreams

Gorillas are the second closest relative to the human being that are still alive today. Gorillas move around using a method called knuckle-walking, which they share with anteaters and platypus. Sadly, both species of gorilla are endangered due to poaching and the Ebola virus.
Gorillas are thought of as being very intelligent, mainly for their use of simple tools and ability to learn simple machines.

Gorilla T-shirts