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11 Breathtaking Wildlife Photographs From Around the World

11 Breathtaking Wildlife Photographs From Around the World

The range, diversity, and sheer beauty of wildlife on our planet is astonishing. Wildlife of the World is a visual celebration of global wildlife and the creatures great and small, familiar and bizarre that make our planet unique. We're giving you a taste of this visual encyclopedia's stunning photography and fascinating information below.

1. Red Lechwe (Central Africa)

This antelope resides near water all year round. Their primary defence is a water crossing where the Red Lechwe’s long, flattened hooves provide a firm footing on the soft ground and allow a quick getaway from predators such as lions and hyenas.

2. Grizzly Bear (North America)

The most ferocious of the brown bears, grizzly bears are efficient diggers and good swimmers. Their habitat can range from forests to streams and meadows, and they are especially skilled at catching salmon and trout.

3. Narwhal (Arctic Ocean)

The unique tusk of the male narwhal is actually an elongated canine tooth that grows through the upper lip. This tusk is filled with sensitive nerve endings that enables narwhals to detect changes in water temperature and is believed to be the cause of the legend of unicorns in medieval Europe.

4. Meerkat (Southern Africa)

These feisty mongooses live in groups of up to 50, whereby one alpha female gives birth to most of the litter. This female releases pheromones to prevent other young females from coming into season, and attacks the ones who fall pregnant, often killing their pups. Meerkats take turns on ‘lookout duty’ and have special alarm calls when alerting the clan to dangerous predators.

5. Hippopotamus (Africa)

Closely resembling a pig with its toe hooves and similar teeth, the hippopotamus is Earth’s third biggest land animal. Although the hippo spends most of its life in the water, they are not particularly strong swimmers and cannot float on the surface. The famous hippo ‘yawn’ is actually a sign of aggression, as the animal shows its teeth when threatened to deter potential predators.

6. Wildebeest (East Africa)

The Serengeti white-bearded wildebeest can stand within three to seven minutes after birth, can run at up to 40mph, and migrates up to 1,000 miles. During migration, wildebeest merge with other animals such as zebra, creating a 'super herd' of up to 1.25 million animals.

7. Eurasian Otter (Europe, Asia)

With webbed feet and the ability to close their ears and noses underwater, the Eurasian Otter is an animal accustomed to the water. Their slender bodies and thick tails make them graceful swimmers, and the positioning of their eyes, ears, and nose at the top of their head allows them to keep watch from underwater.

8. Verreaux’s Sifaka (Southern Madagascar)

The largest of the lemur family, the Verreaux’s Sifaka are known for their distinctive leap to cross open spaces. Like many lemurs, the Verreaux's sifaka is at risk from destruction of its habitat due to agriculture and timber farming.

9. Lammergeier (Europe, Asia, Africa)

This enormous bird is known for dropping bones and small animals from great heights in order to crack them open. Lammergeiers can digest shards of bone and skin of prey better than vultures and so often feast on the carcases left behind.

10. African Savannah Elephant (Sub-Saharan Africa)

The largest animal on land, African savannah elephants have brains that are four times larger than humans’ and heads that weigh half a tonne. The distinguishable trunk of the elephant is used for breathing, picking up food and caressing family members.

11. Greater Bird-of-Paradise (South East Asia, New Guinea)

The largest of all the birds of paradise, this bird is roughly the size and shape of a crow, with strong, scaly legs and a pointed beak. The male bird of paradise has spectacular plumes that extend back from their flank and give the impression that their bodies are adorned with maroon, white and yellow feathers.

 

Wildlife of the World is an epic journey through some of the most scenic and rich animal habitats, from the Amazon rainforest to the Himalayas, the Sahara to the South Pole. Get closer than you ever imagined to the world's wildlife and discover how these fascinating creatures feed, interact, mate, play and survive.

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