Mammals

Ganges River Dolphin

Ganges River Dolphin

The large majority of dolphins live in saltwater marine habitats. However, there are at least seven species of dolphin that regularly visit or permanently live in the freshwater habitats of large rivers. These dolphins also hunt for prey using echolocation.

Gaur

Gaur

This Asiatic bovine is a giant - the largest of all the species of wild cattle. This species lives from Nepal and India to South-east Asia, including the Malay peninsula, inhabiting forested hills. Gaur are legally protected.

Gazelle

Gazelle

It is not uncommon to see gazelles alongside other grazing animals such as zebra, and they can sometimes form a strong bond with particular individuals. The dama gazelle lives in the dry grasslands around the edge of the Sahara Desert.

Gelada

Gelada

These monkeys are not actually true baboons, as their nostrils are located further from the end of their muzzle, but they resemble baboons in appearance. The gelada baboon is the only species of grazing monkey. It is not closely related to other types of baboon.

Gemsbok

Gemsbok

Gemsbok are highland antelopes. They live in dry woodlands and more open grassland habitats. Many of the gemsbok's closest relatives are desert animals. High-altitude habitats are also often dry, and this species is also able to survive in areas.

Gerenuk

Gerenuk

This large, graceful-looking gazelle is remarkable chiefly for its long neck (gerenuk means giraffenecked in Somali) and for its long legs. It has a small, narrow head, large eyes and mobile lips, there are tuffs of hair on the knees, and the short.

Giant Anteater

Giant Anteater

The largest of the anteaters, this species lives in relatively open countryside and relies on its amazingly long tongue and powerful claws to obtain its food. Giant anteaters tend to be more terrestrial than their smaller relatives.

Giant Armadillo

Giant Armadillo

The largest of its family, the giant armadillo may weigh up to 132 lb (60 kg). It is nocturnal and shelters by day in burrows dug with the mighty claws on its forefeet. Most of the burrows are dug into the side of termite mounds. They also dig to get at their prey.

Giant Forest Hog

Giant Forest Hog

The largest of the African pigs, the giant forest hog has a huge elongate head, a heavy body and rather long legs for its family. Its muzzle is broad, and there are glandular swellings in the skin under its eyes and across its cheeks.

Giant Otter Shrew

Giant Otter Shrew

The giant otter shrew is a relative of the Malagasy tenrecs, but it lives on the African mainland. It occupies wetlands and streams that run through the rainforests of Central Africa. The giant otter shrew swims with its tail, which is flattened to form a vertical flipper.