Fun Animal Facts for Kids

So, parents, time to get a wee bit cosy with the little ones, snuggle up, charge up the laptop and have a read of this! Whether you're 50 or 5, I'm sure there's a fun fact or two here that you weren't familiar with... so, sit back and sit tight - you'll be surprised at what you may learn!

Alligator

Alligators are known for their big mouths. Did you know that the jaw muscles which they use for biting and closing their mouth are very strong, but the muscles for keeping their mouth closed are very weak? – SNAP!

Bear

Did you know that bears hibernate for between 4 and 7 months? If a bear is pregnant when she enters hibernation she will deliver up to 3 cubs whilst there - without the mother bear waking up! The tiny cubs instinctively know to nurse from their mother until she wakes up in the spring. I don't suppose you were so kind to your mummy!?

Giraffe

The markings on a giraffe help them to camouflage amongst the trees. They are also completely unique with no two giraffes having the same pattern - a bit like human fingerprints. Pretty neat hey?

Hippopotamus

The name hippopotamus means river horse. The common hippo is around 13 feet long and over 5 feet tall! He or she will weigh around 3 tonnes – now that's huge! A hippo can also hold its breathe under water for up to 5 minutes ...impressive stuff!

Lions

Did you know that lions can sleep for around 16 - 20 hours a day!? Apparently, according to the books, we all did that at some time too! Furthermore, the lions roar is so loud it can be heard up to 8 miles away – now that's some roar!

Tiger

Did you know that tigers are the biggest species of the cat family? Tigers prefer to do things by themselves and spend most of their lives on their own. Tigers are powerful swimmers and can swim up to 18 miles in one day! Not only do they have stripes on their fur but they also have stripes on their skin – now that is a new one for me too!

Flamingos

Flamingos stand on one leg when they are in the water as they find this very comfy and it stops them from losing too much body heat. Their pinky/reddish colour comes from the food they eat.

Geese

Geese fly in a V shape as it makes it easier for them to fly for a long time. The geese at the back honk to cheer on the geese at the front. Baby geese are called goslings and can swim 30 feet under water when they are just 1 day old. Now where did they learn how to do that!?

Gorilla

Gorillas live in groups of 5 to 9 gorillas. This is called a troop. The head of the troop is known as a silverback and is always an adult male. Get this - the arms of a gorilla are longer than their legs!

Koala

Koalas carry their young in a pouch. This makes them a marsupial like kangaroos. A new born koala is only around 1 inch long. The baby koala stays in the mothers pouch for the first 6 months of its life. They are not bears and are only called koala bears because they look like teddy bears. Do you have a koala teddy bear? I still do and I'm grownup!