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


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.



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


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.


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.



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


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


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


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



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


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


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


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


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 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)


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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