Below are the answers to the questions that can be found in this Wildlife Wednesday post.
Animal Pop Quiz Answers
- How many lions typically make up a family group, or pride?
ANSWER: A pride is made up of 20-30 lions, most of which are closely related females and their cubs.
- Guests can see a critically endangered Sumatran tiger on the Maharajah Jungle Trek at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. How many of these tigers exist in the wild?
ANSWER: Sadly, only 400 Sumatran tigers are left in the wild. It’s estimated that only 2,500 tigers exist worldwide.
- How can you tell the difference between a black rhino and a white rhino? (HINT: It’s not the color of their skin; both are gray.)
ANSWER: Their mouths are different. White rhinos are grazers that feed on grass and low vegetation, so they have a wide, square mouth and lips adapted to pulling up large swaths of grasses. Black rhinos are browsers—they get most of their sustenance from eating trees and bushes—so they have a triangular, hooked upper lip that can grab tree branches and pull down leaves.
- Other than humans, elephants do something that few other animals are known to do. What is it?
ANSWER: Elephants are one of a few animals known to mourn the passing of another member of their species. Elephants encountering a dead elephant have been observed lingering for hours to smell a fallen friend, often lifting the bones and carrying them around.
- Gorillas share 98.3 percent of humans’ DNA. However, gorillas have two things humans do not. What are they?
ANSWER: Gorillas have opposable big toes that can deftly pick up and manipulate objects, and noses that are so unique – no two are alike – that researchers use nose shapes to identify gorillas in the wild.
- How many species of sharks are there in the world?
ANSWER: There are about 400 known species of sharks worldwide.
- Where do cotton-top tamarins live in the wild?
ANSWER: Cotton-top tamarins are found in South America in the tropical forests of northwestern Colombia.
- How do female sea turtles choose where to lay their eggs?
ANSWER: When they reach maturity – 25-50 years of age – female sea turtles return to the same beach where they were born to lay their eggs.
- Corals provide a home for what percentage of the oceans’ fish?
ANSWER: Despite covering less than 1% of the ocean floor, coral reefs provide food and shelter to over 25% of fish in the ocean – up to 2 million marine species!
- Name a significant threat to migratory birds. How many birds are killed each year because of this threat?
ANSWER: A major threat is from outdoor domestic and feral cats, which are estimated to kill up to 4 billion birds in the United States each year. Be a friend to wildlife and keep your cats indoors. On average, domestic cats that live indoors live twice as long as outdoor cats.