Birds of the jungle

Rainforest birds make tropical jungles a colorful paradise. Not just because they are colorful themselves. Birds, like bees, love nectar from plants and help spread and pollinate all the beautiful flowers here.

Baby elephant – They’re just aaawww!

Talk about a big baby! It can weigh up to 90 kg and be as tall as 1 meter at birth! A baby elephant is called a calf. (But its mother may call it Julie, Steve, or kiddo – we’ll never know.)

Bamboo – Giant jungle grass

Bamboo is a giant type of grass and one of the fastest growing plants in the world. Pandas love to eat it, but it’s also a very sustainable material for making furniture, floors, cooking food and even clothes!

Meet the bees, honey!

Honeybees are very social insects. They live in most parts of the world. When they collect nectar from flowers, they pollinate their all-you-can-eat buffet and help making fruits and vegetables grow. Sweet, right?

Butterflies – Stunning shapeshifters

There may be as many as 20,000 different butterfly species in the world. Each one starts its life as an egg. Then it turns into a caterpillar, then a pupa before it can break out as a beautiful, colorful, flying work of art.

Caterpillar – Eating beauty

Although they look like mini mummies, caterpillars are very much alive. They spend most of their time eating. After all, it takes a lot of energy to transform from a larva into a butterfly!

Elephant – Gentle giants

The elephant uses its trunk like a multipurpose tool. To “talk” with growls and trumpeting sounds, hug friends, help the young in the herd, and harvest and eat more than 100 kilos of food every day!

Frog – Very hoppy creatures

Did you know a frog swallows with its eyes? Its eyeballs literally sink into its head to help the food go down! And when it gets thirsty, it drinks by absorbing water through the skin. PS: DON’T try this at home...

Giraffe – The world’s tallest animal!

Aren’t giraffes just amazing creatures? They look like beautiful dinosaur horses! They’re the tallest mammals in the world and live on the African savannah where they can find their favorite food: acacia trees.

Monkey – Our furry cousins

Monkeys look so human, don’t they? They often live in families like we do, just not in houses. Some of them, like the Capuchin monkeys, have cool skills, like using tools and other tricks. And they haven’t even gone to school!

Orangutan – King of the canopies

Another one of our closest animal relatives, the orangutan lives most of its life in the treetops. This awesome ape has arms that reach all the way down to its ankles when it’s standing up!

Giant panda – Giant appetite

Pandas are shy and very rare in the wild. Only about 1,500 are left in their natural habitat – the tropical rainforests in China. They spend about 12 hours a day eating bamboo. That’s more than a full-time job!

Parrot – Pretty party animal

There are more than 350 different species of this clever, chatty bird in the world. Most live in tropical rainforests – some live up to 80 years! So, think twice before you put this lively voice-imitator on your pet wish list…

Sloth – Sleepy sweeties

A personality mix between a cat and a turtle, the sloth sleeps up to 20 hours a day. It’s not in a hurry to get anywhere, either. It’s almost hypnotizing to watch its cute slow motion-like moves… zzzzzzz…

Giant spiders – Cool or creepy?

The Goliath Birdeater and the Giant Huntsman are the biggest spiders in the world. They grow up to 30 cm! They only attack humans if they’re provoked. So be nice to them. And check your jungle sleeping bag...

Tiger – Here, kitty-kitty-kitty

Did you know each tiger’s stripe pattern is unique? And they may look like bigger versions of your little lap kitty (especially the cubs – aaww!), but their paws and jaws brake for nobody. In fact, they can break almost everybody...

Drone

Need to locate an animal in distress? A drone can search large areas in no time, and it can fly into all those nooks and crannies deep inside the forest, too.

Hot Air Balloon

It can be hard to reach the most remote parts of the jungle. Why not take to the skies in a hot air balloon? You can go further than any explorer before you. And ta-da – the view is great from up here!

Rescue base

From sloths to elephants and everything in between – all animals in need are welcome at the rescue base! And that goes for adventurous jungle explorers, too, of course.

Panda rescue

A tree house is the perfect place to nurse rescued pandas back to health. There’s plenty of bamboo around, a vet station and a playground. They’ll be safe and sound here until they’re ready to return to the wild.

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Sea turtle – Living dinosaurs

They look a bit like dinosaurs, don’t you think? They can get as old as 175 years, which means the oldest living sea turtles today may have been born around the same time as your great-great-great-great-great-grandparents!

Anglerfish – Deep sea dreamers

This fish has its own built-in nightlight. It needs it deep down in the ocean where no light can reach. When other fish swim over to see what the fuzz is about, the anglerfish can catch and eat them!

Blue-lined surgeonfish – A fishy doctor

This feisty little fish is happiest in tropical waters. It’s very active and likes to swim fast and pick fights with other fish, so it’s not easy to keep as a pet. But it has lots of cute pet names, like zebra surgeonfish, striped tang and clown tang.

Bubble eye goldfish – Stargazer of the sea

You would think a fish with eyes this big has great eyesight. Well, things aren’t always what they seem – especially in the animal world. The bubble eye can’t see very well, but its senses of hearing and smell are excellent.

Corals – Totally tubular

They look like flowers, but corals are polyps that live in deep-sea cities called colonies or reefs. Like trees, corals develop new layers, or rings, every year. That’s how marine zoologists learned that the Australian Great Barrier Reef is about 20,000 years old!

Crabs – Underwater spiders

Crabs wear their skeletons on the outside and come in all sizes and colors. The smallest crabs are just a few millimeters long. The largest, the Japanese spider crab, can grow to more than 3 meters and can live to be 100 years old!

Dolphin – Know your porpoise

Dolphins live in oceans all over the world. They are so playful and curious, and always help each other. They have great hearing and talk with each other with song-like sounds and use clicks to locate food, boats and even divers they can play with.

Great white shark – Great smile!

Sharks don’t deserve the bad reputation they get. They keep our oceans healthy and are clever enough to have survived on Earth for more than 400 million years. That’s waaay before the dinosaurs! How cool is that?

Hammerhead shark – A pretty sharp tool

Hammerhead sharks are usually not very big, but the great hammerhead shark can grow up to 6 meters long. Their wide heads are full of sensors that let them detect their favorite food: stingrays!

Jellyfish – Peanut butter not included

Even though some jellyfish can sting, they don’t harm humans on purpose. They both eat and poop from the mouth. Ew? They lived in the oceans before the dinosaurs – and that’s despite having no heart, brains, nose, bones or eyes!

Octopus – Monster or marvel?

They can look creepy when they crawl along the ocean floor or swoosh off in a cloud of ink. But they’re quite clever – they have 9 brains! NINE! They can use their arms to operate tools, build a home of rocks and catch fish – even sharks!

Pufferfish – Bold and bloated

What do you do if you can’t outswim a bigger fish who wants to eat you for lunch? Swallow an insane amount of water in one quick gulp and puff out your stomach until you’re HUGE! Also, have a deadly poison ready for predators who are bold enough to sink their teeth into you.

Seahorse – The kangaroo of the sea

Did you know a seahorse can grab on to things in the ocean with its tail? And even though it’s the female seahorse that lays eggs, the dad carries them in his little belly pouch until the baby seahorses are ready to hatch. Cool, huh?

Starfish – Keep an eye out

Think starfish look simple? Look again! They have eyes on their fingertips! It helps them detect light, food and find their way across the ocean floor. And if they lose one of their arms, it can grow back. That’s simply amazing!

Stingray – A so-fish-ticated swimmer

Stingrays are related to sharks and have been on Earth for 150 million years. Stingray fossils are rare because this fish has NO BONES! It’s all cartilage – the same as the soft stuff your ears and nose are made of!

Whale – Big as busses

These marine mammals can dive deep into the ocean but must come up for air, too. The blue whale is the biggest animal to have ever lived on Earth – bigger than two buses! How amazing is it that we’re alive at the same time?

Yellow tang – Cool coral cleaner

These colorful little guys and girls help keep the coral reefs and seabed healthy in the Australian Great Barrier Reef and the Pacific Ocean. They’re called surgeonfish because they have two sharp scalpels near the tail.

Scuba diver

If you don’t have your own submarine but still want to explore the oceans, scuba diving is a great place to start. It’s a fun way to visit another world in your own country, on holiday, or as a professional ocean explorer when you grow up!

Sea base

Imagine working in an underwater research base where you can live, research and explore ocean life. Board the sub in the decompression chamber, move samples with the crane, and launch the underwater drone.

Deep-sea submarine

Want to become an ocean explorer? You’re in for an amazing ride! You can dive deep into the secrets of the ocean in a submarine, collect samples or maybe even discover new species!

Underwater drone

An underwater drone can fit into small spaces, caves and other places that are hard to reach on the ocean floor. Maybe you will uncover new mysteries or sunken treasures?