From hyenas to rhinos, find out some fascinating facts about the wildlife featured on Austin Stevens Adventures.Grizzly Bears
- One of the world's largest land predators, grizzly bears weigh four times as much as the average man.
- Grizzly bears can easily outrun humans
- Shy and elusive, these great swimmers have a sense of smell hundreds of times more sensitive than ours.
- Bear cubs usually stay with their mothers for two and a half years.
The White Rhino
- Faster in water than on land, pythons can remain submerged for 30 minutes at a time.
- A full-grown Burmese python can easily swallow an alligator... Or an entire adult human.
- Pythons never stop growing, reaching up to 27 feet and weighing hundreds of pounds.
- Introduced to new habitats by the pet trade, Burmese pythons are eating Florida's local wildlife onto the endangered species list.
- A true giant with over two tons of armour-plated bone and muscle, the white rhino is heavier than a large car.
- The white rhino's name refers not to its colour, but the Afrikaans word for 'wide' - a description of its massive mouth.
- More dangerous and elusive than the white rhino, the black rhino is easily distinguished by the hooked upper lip it uses to grasp its food.
- Rhinos eat 40 kilograms of tiny leaves every day, can drink up to eighty litres of water daily, and can outrun an Olympic sprinter.
- While their African cousins live on the open savannah, Sri Lanka's Asian elephants live in small herds in the jungle.
- Of the country's 4,000 Asian elephants, only seven percent of males grow tusks.
- Hidden among the trees, the elephants are perfectly camouflaged and almost invisible.
- Elephants can outrun an average human and kill 60 people a year in Sri Lanka.
- As farming encroaches on their habitat, Sri Lanka's elephant population is under increasing pressure.
- Originally introduced to control cane beetles, cane toad numbers have ballooned from around a hundred in 1935, to over 100 million toads today.
- Cane toads pose three deadly threats - they devour anything that moves, they poison any animal that tries to eat them, and they rapidly demolish the natural food supply
- Female cane toads can lay up to 30,000 eggs at a time. A cane toad's powerful poison can kill a crocodile. Few places in Australia are safe from these toxic invaders.
Amazon Killer Bats
- Spotted hyenas are the second largest predators in Africa.
- They travel as a pack and have no natural predators.
- With the most powerful jaws in the animal kingdom for their body size, they can consume every part of a carcass, including bones and teeth.
- Hyenas often start feasting before their prey has taken its last breath; literally eating it alive
- Hyena females are dominant and more aggressive, and are known to bring down lions, water buffalo... And even humans.
- Known to live in caves and roost in trees, vampire bats are nocturnal, and can drink their weight in blood in a single feed.
- Reviled for their bloodthirsty habits, vampire bats are feared as killers who can transmit the deadly rabies virus with a single bite.
- The growing number of vampire bats in South America is infecting and killing 100,000 cows per year with rabies.