Zoo Animals and the Sounds They Make

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Zoo Animals and the  Sounds They Make

Does a giraffe make a sound?







Zoo Animals

and the Sounds They Make

Jaguars, "he who kills with one leap," are the largest of South America's big cats. Significant numbers of jaguars are found today only in remote regions of South and Central America — particularly in the Amazon basin.

Giraffes, the tallest mammals on Earth, roam the African savanna in constant search for food, like treetop acacia buds.

There are three species of zebras; each has its own general pattern of stripes. Zebras are social animals that graze together, primarily on grass, and even groom one another. Prey for lions and hyenas, zebras are constantly on the lookout for danger.

African elephants are the largest of Earth's land mammals, slightly larger than Asian elephants. They have larger ears; Asian elephants have smaller, rounded ears. Their enormous ears help them to keep cool in the hot African climate. An adult elephant can eat up to 300 pounds of food a day.



Both black and white rhinoceroses are gray. They are different in lip shape. The black rhino has a pointed upper lip; white has a squared lip. Black rhinos are browsers that eat trees and bushes. White rhinos graze on grasses,

Gorillas are very intelligent and have been taught simple sign language in captivity. They have been observed using tools in the wild. Western lowland gorillas are endangered, but they are more common than the mountain gorillas. They live in heavy rain forests and can climb trees, but are usually found on the ground.

Polar bears roam the Arctic ice sheets and swim in coastal waters. They are very strong swimmers, and their large front paws, which they use to paddle, are slightly webbed. Polar bears are attractive and appealing, but they are powerful predators that do not fear humans.

Lions are the only cats that live in groups called prides. Only male lions boast manes, the impressive fringe of long hair that encircles their heads. These intimidating animals mark the area with urine, roar menacingly to warn intruders, and chase off animals that encroach on their turf.

Tigers are the largest members of the cat family and are renowned for their power and strength. They live alone and aggressively scent-mark large territories to keep their rivals away. They are powerful nocturnal hunters that travel many miles to find buffalo, deer, wild pigs, and other large mammals.