Can You Name These 40 Animals in Five Minutes?

By: J.P. Naomi
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About This Quiz

Calling all animal lovers! And we're not just talking about cats and dogs. It's about to rain lions and tigers and bears (oh my!) too! Just close your eyes and imagine. You're walking through the jungle; you're hiking through the forest; you're swimming through the ocean; heck, you might even just be at the zoo! But we want to know - are you smart enough to recognize them all? It's time to grab those binoculars, or reach out and feed a goat; we're about to embark on an international animal adventure!

From the rhinos and zebras of Africa to the elephants and monkeys of Asia, the world is full of thousands of breeds and classifications of animals. This quiz will surely test your knowledge when it comes to identifying these amazing creatures. For example, can you tell the difference between an impala and a gazelle? And is that a shark or a dolphin? They both have fins, don't they?! Well, take a look inside their mouths: one's teeth are much sharper than the other's! You see, only the wisest minds will ace this quiz. Are you up for the challenge?

It's time to head outside and see what nature has to offer. Be very careful. Some are very friendly, and some may want dinner! Good luck!

The giraffe is a genus of African even-toed ungulate mammals. It is the tallest living terrestrial animal and the largest ruminant, also known as a plant-eating mammal!

Elephants are scattered throughout sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, and Southeast Asia. Did you know that the scientific name for their long trunk is proboscis?

Ducks are mostly aquatic birds and mostly smaller than swans and geese. They can be found in both freshwater and seawater, or on nearby surfaces such as grass or pavement if in urban areas.

Deer are browsers and feed primarily on leaves. They have considerably small stomachs and high nutrition requirements. They tend to select easily digestible shoots, young leaves, fresh grasses, soft twigs, fruit, fungi, and lichens!

Common hippos are recognizable by their barrel-shaped torsos, wide-opening mouths revealing large canine tusks, hairless bodies, columnar legs, and large size. Did you know that despite their stocky shape and short legs, they can run 19 miles per hour?!

Dogs perform many roles for people! These roles include hunting, herding, pulling loads, protection, assisting police and military, companionship and, more recently, aiding disabled individuals and acting as therapeutic animals.

Cats are small, furry, carnivorous animals that humans often have as house, pets. They have quick reflexes, sharp retractable claws and teeth adapted for killing small prey.

The goat is a member of the family Bovidae and is closely related to the sheep, Did you know there are more than 300 distinct breeds of goat?! They are used mostly for their milk, meat, hair, and skins across much of the world!

Pelicans are a genus of large water birds that make up the family Pelecanidae. They are characterized by a long beak and a large throat pouch used for catching prey and draining water from the scooped up contents before swallowing.

Camels are mainly working animals. They are uniquely suited to their desert habitats, which makes them an ideal and practically vital means of transport for passengers and cargo!

Did you know that a seal's lifespan is between 15 to 25 years? On a carnivorous diet, they can weigh anywhere from 230 to as much as 6,000 pounds!

Flamingos usually stand on one leg while the other is tucked beneath their bodies. The reason for this behavior is not fully understood. Some theorists believe that standing on one leg allows the birds to conserve more body heat, given that they spend a significant amount of time wading in cold water.

The turkey is a large bird in the genus Meleagris, which is native to the Americas. Males of both turkey species have a distinctive fleshy wattle or protuberance that hangs from the top of the beak. This is called a snood!

An adult female sheep is referred to as a ewe; an intact male is known as a ram or occasionally a tup; and a castrated male is called a wether. Did you know that a young sheep is a lamb!?

The lion is one of the most widely recognized animal symbols in human culture. It has been extensively depicted in sculptures and paintings, on national flags, and in contemporary films and literature!

Did you know that owls hunt mostly small mammals, insects, and other birds? They are found in all regions of the Earth except Antarctica and some remote islands.

Did you know the word rhinoceros is derived through Latin from the Ancient Greek rhino, meaning "nose," and keras, meaning "horn"? Sadly, some rhinos are killed by human predators to sell their horns on the black market!

According to an estimate from 2011, there are 1.4 billion cattle in the world! They are commonly raised as livestock for the purpose of meat, milk, and hides.

Tiger populations once ranged widely across Eurasia, from the Black Sea in the west, to the Indian Ocean in the south, and from Kolyma to Sumatra in the east. Did you know the tiger is the national animal of Bangladesh, India, Malaysia, and South Korea?

Dolphins are highly social animals! They often live in pods of up to a dozen individuals, and in places with a high abundance of food, pods can merge temporarily, forming a superpod of more than 1,000 dolphins!

The body plan of an adult frog is characterized by a stout body, protruding eyes, cleft tongue, limbs folded underneath, and the absence of a tail. Besides living in fresh water and on dry land, some adults are adapted for living underground or in trees!

Did you know that each zebra's stripes come in different patterns? They are unique to each individual! Zebras are most closely related to the horse and donkey.

Characteristic features of parrots include a strong, curved bill, an upright stance, strong legs, and clawed zygodactyl feet. The most important components of most parrots' diets are seeds, nuts, fruit, buds, and other plant material.

In general, sharks swim at an average speed of 5 miles per hour, but when feeding or attacking, the average shark can reach speeds of 12 miles per hour. Sharks can travel about 45 miles in one day!

Monkeys are non-hominoid simians, generally possessing tails and consisting of about 260 known living species. Many monkey species are tree-dwelling, although there are species that live primarily on the ground, such as baboons.

Gazelles are known as swift animals. Some can run at bursts as high as 60 mph! They are found mostly in the deserts, grasslands, and savannas of Africa; but they also live in the southwest and central Asia and the Indian subcontinent. They tend to live in herds and eat easily digestible plants and leaves.

Active mainly during the day, the Impala may be gregarious or territorial depending upon the climate and geography. Experts have observed three distinct social groups. They are the territorial males, bachelor herds, and female herds.

Did you know that there are various types of squirrels in the squirrel family? They include tree squirrels, ground squirrels, chipmunks, marmots, flying squirrels, and prairie dogs among other rodents! They are indigenous to the Americas, Eurasia, and Africa.

Cobras are venomous snakes that inhabit the deserts, grasslands, rainforests, and mountains of Africa and South Asia. They can swim, climb trees and move swiftly along the ground. Cobras kill their prey by injecting venom through their fangs.

Did you know that porcupines are rodentia mammals that have a coat of sharp spines, known as quills? The purpose of the quills is to protect them against predators.

Foxes are defined by their flattened skull, upright triangular ears, pointed, slightly upturned snout, and long bushy tail. They live on every continent except Antarctica.

Penguins are considered a group of aquatic, flightless birds! They live almost exclusively in the Southern Hemisphere, with only one species, the Galapagos penguin, living north of the equator.

Common characteristics of modern bears include large bodies with stocky legs, long snouts, small rounded ears, shaggy hair, and plantigrade paws with five nonretractile claws. Did you know that they also have relatively short tails?

Did you know that manatees can measure up to 13.1 feet long, and weigh as much as 1,300 pounds? They use their paddle-like flippers to move about in the water.

A wallaby is a small- or mid-sized macropod found in Australia and New Guinea. They belong to the same taxonomic family as kangaroos and sometimes the same genus, though kangaroos are much larger.

Did you know that spotted hyenas kill about 95% of the animals they eat while striped hyenas are largely scavengers? All hyenas are primarily nocturnal animals.

Chickens are some of the most common and widespread domestic animals, with a total population of more than 19 billion! There are more chickens in the world than any other bird.

Unlike most animals, whales are conscious breathers. You see, all mammals sleep, but whales cannot afford to become unconscious for long because they may drown!

Did you know that the hawk's preferred time for hunting is usually just before nightfall when daylight lessens? Although the hawk is known for being a violent predator, some are actually gentle and quiet.

Did you know that hedgehogs are omnivorous? They feed on insects, snails, frogs and toads, snakes, bird eggs, carrion, mushrooms, grass roots, berries, melons and even watermelons!

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