Across the land and through the waves of the sea, there is one animal that is bigger than any other living things in the world: the blue whale. This majestic, carnivorous sea creature weighs a colossal 180 tonnes; that’s around 180,000 kilos! When blue whale calves are born, they can weigh up to 2.75 tonnes and put on around 90 kilos every day during the first year of their lives.
Found in sub-Saharan Africa is the world’s second largest land animal. Funny thing is, hippos are actually semi-aquatic mammals and spend the majority of their day in rivers and lakes to keep their over 900-kilo body cool under the blazing African sun!
Find hippos adorable? They pale in comparison to these 21 photos of the cutest wild animals in the world.
Eastern gorillas are found in the lowlands and mountains of Africa. Even with a diet of stems, bamboo shoots, and fruit, male gorillas can weigh up to 200 kilos. This makes them the largest living primates. However, their population is drastically decreasing in size. In the 1990s, there were about 17,000 eastern lowland gorillas. Sadly, scientists estimate that there is less than 50 per cent of that now.