They are impeccable and divine. Sometimes wild animals can be vicious and yet innocent. Wild animals live in all ecosystems such as forests, deserts, grasslands, rain forests and plains. We don't usually come in contact with wild animals, but we normally see them in books, illustrated magazines and other forms of visual information. Because of being natural charmer, these animals are often used as subject for several visual presentations like paintings, animated films and featured movies, documentaries and other forms of entertainment. But how much do we know about these very fascinating animals? Many of us have long wished to have a real encounter with either one of them, but only a few had the chance to interact with them personally.
Join me and let's get to know them better to raise more our awareness, and learn how valuable and significant they can be to humans and how we can help in the conservation of wildlife.
Found in different habitats including savannahs, forests, deserts and marshes, usually near water, the Elephant is the largest living terrestrial animal on earth. This large mammal, specifically the African species, can grow up to 4 meters tall and weighs as much as 7,000 kg. Poached for their ivory tusk, Elephant is listed as vulnerable to become instinct by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Aside from its tusks, Elephant has a very distinctive trunk, which functions in many ways including breathing, olfaction, touching, grasping and sound production.
This large herbivorous animal, which weighs around one ton or more, is considered to be critically endangered. Hunted for their horns, which are bought and sold on the black market, they generally eat on leafy plants as part of their diet. In the wild, the only threat to adult rhinoceros is no other than humans. Though they are known for being tough, they are easily poached especially while they are drinking, which makes them vulnerable to poachers. Their horns, consist mainly of keratin, are widely used in traditional Chinese medicine. Because of poaching hitting record levels, to prevent poaching in certain areas, rhinos have been tranquilized and their horns removed.
The tallest living terrestrial animal that usually stands 5-6 m tall and weighs an average of 1,600 kg for males and 830 kg for females. The largest ruminant animal, it feeds on acacia tree, which is rich in calcium and protein necessary to sustain its growth. Its species name refers to its camel-like appearance and the patches of color on its fur. With extremely long neck and legs, a hornlike ossicones and a distinctive coat pattern, Giraffes can live up to 25 years in the wild.
Prominent for its hump and a pair of curly, long, two-row eyelashes, which protects its eyes from the sand and dust, Camel can live in some of the most arid places in the world. Camel reaches its maturity at 6-7 years old and can weigh around 551 lbs. (250 kg) to 1500 lbs. (680 kg), and stands about 6 ft. (1.8 m) to 6 1/2 ft. (2 m) tall at the shoulders. Contrary to the common myth, a camel's hump does not directly store water, but it's a concentration of fats, which minimizes the insulating effect fat would have when distributed throughout its body, helping it survive in hot climates.
There is nothing more noble than conserving these nature's beautiful creations, and letting them wander and thrive in their natural habitats, emancipated and free from men's harmful exploitations.