10 wild and wondrous animal facts

Elephants are the largest land animals, and they have a remarkable memory. They can remember and recognize other elephants even after many years of separation.


Giraffes have long necks, which can reach up to 6 feet (1.8 meters) in length. Despite their height, they only have seven vertebrae in their necks.


Cheetahs are the fastest land animals, capable of reaching speeds up to 70 mph (112 km/h) in short bursts.


Penguins are flightless birds that are highly adapted to living in the water. They can swim at speeds of up to 15 to 25 mph (24 to 40 km/h).


Kangaroos are marsupials, which means they carry their young in a pouch. They are also excellent jumpers and can leap up to 30 feet (9 meters) in a single bound.


Chameleons are known for their ability to change color. They do this to regulate their body temperature.


Octopuses are highly intelligent creatures with three hearts and blue blood. They also have the ability to change the texture of their skin.


Bats are the only mammals capable of sustained flight. They use echolocation to navigate and find food in the dark.


Sloths are known for their slow movement and spend most of their lives hanging upside down in trees. They are also excellent swimmers.


Honeybees communicate through dance, known as the waggle dance, to tell other bees the direction and distance to a food source.