A

Asian Elephants are closer relatives of the extinct mammoth than the African Elephants.

B

B is for Bears. The sun bears found in India have the longest claws, longest tongue among all bears, but the shortest fur to keep cool in the hot forests.

 

C

Crocodiles cannot stick their tongue out. It is stuck to the inside of their mouths.

D

D is for Dhole, the wild dogs endemic to India. They hunt in packs of 2-14 and once large prey is caught, one dhole will grab the prey’s nose, while the rest of the pack pulls the animal down.

E

The Eld’s Deer of Manipur, popularly known as Sangai is one of the only deers that dances on floating islands called phumdis of Loktak Lake.

 

F

Fishing Cats living near the Marshlands of Sunderbans, have webbed feet. It helps them hunt for prey near water and dive when needed.

G

The Ganges river Dolphin is one of the four living species of freshwater dolphin present in the world. It is blind!

H

Hoolock gibbons are the only apes found in India. They can sing quite well!

I

The Indian Giant Squirrel when in danger often freezes or flattens itself against the tree trunk, instead of fleeing.

 

J

Jerdon’s Courser a bird found in Eastern Ghats of India is so rare it was last seen in 2009.

K

Kashmir Stag is the only surviving member of Red Deer Family found in Asia. The antlers of this deer also called Hangul can have as many as 16 points.

L

L is for Lion – tailed Macaque. In German this monkey is called bartaffe meaning ‘beard ape’ because of its outstanding silver white mane.

M

The Malabar Civet is so so rare, it has been never been photographed in the wild.

N

Narcondam Hornbill are found in a tiny seven square kilometre island in the Andaman & Nicobar islands and nowhere else in the world.

O

Olive ridley turtles will come back to the same place every year to lay their eggs even if it means swimming from miles across the world.

 

P

P is for Pygmy Hog. This miniature wild pigs build sleeping nests by piling dry grasses over dish-like depressions dug into the soil. (Meet the Pygmy Hog here)

Q

Quail of the Himalayas or the Himalayan Quail. It is believed to be extinct by some as it was last sighted in 1876!

R

Rhinoceros horns are made of keratin, the same substance your hair is made of.

S

Slow Lorises have a toxic bite which they produce by licking a gland on their arm.

T

Each tiger has a distinct pattern on the skin that makes it unique, like a finger print. So no two tigers look the same.

U

Ungulates are hooved mammals like gazelles, deers, cows, buffaloes, camels and horses. They are found in every geographic region of the world except Antarctica.

V

Some Vultures eat so much at a time that they are unable to fly till the food gets digested.

W

Wild Water Buffaloes have horns that are spread wider than any other bovid.

Y

The Yak is more closely related to the Bison than a cow or a buffalo.

Z

Z is for zijsron or the longcomb sawfish that has a mouth shaped like a saw.

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