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Learn About Strangler Figs

The strangler fig can grow to about 150 feet (45.7 m.) in height. So what are all those vine-like structures that snake down its trunk? Those are roots. Roots? But don’t they grow under the ground? Find out!

Coral Polyp

Did you know that only the top layer of a coral reef has living polyps? As new layers are added, the polyps leave the lower layers.

Three Macaw Facts

Macaws are brightly coloured and are found in the rainforests of Central and South America.

Learn About The Dugong

Ever wondered where the legends about mermaids come from?  Most of them are about the dugong – a huge mammal that is closely related to the manatee.

The Spectacled Bear

The spectacled bear is the last living member of its scientific family Tremarctinae, and is the only bear species in the whole of South America! It gets its name from the spectacle-shaped markings that can be found on most, but not all, spectacled bears – see the markings around its eyes? It is also known as the Andean bear since it is only found in the Andes mountains.

The Lion’s Mane Jellyfish

January 2013: The lion’s mane jellyfish is the largest known species of jellyfish – its tentacles can reach 15 m. and its diameter is almost two metres! The diameter is measured by checking the length of its bell – the top of its body that’s shaped like one.

The Wolverine

November 2012: The myriad wildlife species that form Earth’s web of life are often underestimated, remaining in the shadows and under the radar of conservation efforts. Sanctuary brings these animals to the fore, showcasing these little-known facts that are amazing, but true!

The Adelie Penguin

September 2012: Did you know that the Adelie Penguin was named in the 1830s by French Antarctic explorer Jules Dumont d’Urville for his wife Adelie? It is the most familiar Antarctic penguin and is known to be smaller than other species of penguins. It is a close relative of the Gentoo Penguin and the Chinstrap Penguin.

The Hummingbird

July 2012: It is one of the most colourful birds in the world. It can fly vertically and backward and hover for long periods in midair. Its powerful wing muscles make up 30 per cent of its body weight, allowing it to hover. Its unique rotary joint at the shoulder allows it to change direction easily. It is also a champion when it comes to migration.

The Iberian Lynx

May 2012: It has a lustrous, heavily spotted coat, beautiful black-outlined eyes and tufted ears – it’s a cat but not one found in Asia or Africa. It is Europe’s big cat. The gorgeous Iberian lynx is considered to be the world’s most endangered feline species. It may soon be the first cat species to be extinct in 2,000 years.

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