Mammals

Babirusa

Babirusa

The babirusa’s canine teeth are greatly elongated to form tusks that resemble horns. This feature is the reason for its alternative name of "deer hog". There are probably little more than 4,000 of these wild pigs roaming the Indonesian forests of Sulawesi.

Baboon

Baboon

There are 5 variety of baboon living in Africa, although some are known to be able to interbreed, leading some scientists to suggest that they are just different varieties or subspecies. They will not stray far from water.

Bactrian Camel

Bactrian Camel

Archaeological evidence has revealed that Bactrian, or two-humped, camels were first domesticated around 2500 BC. It used to be believed that the one-humped, or dromedary, camel evolved from domesticated Bactrian camels.

Bandicoot

Bandicoot

Bilbies, or rabbit-eared bandicoots, belong to a distinct group of marsupials with 22 species, all of which live in Australia, Tasmania, New Guinea and on some of the surrounding islands. They are characterized by their long, pointed muzzles, and have hind legs.

Barbary Sheep

Barbary Sheep

As their name suggests, barbary sheep originally came from the Barbary Coast - the old name for the Magreb region in north-western Africa. The sheep’s local name is “aoudad”. Today the species is rare in its homeland but has been introduced to Germany.

Bat-Eared Fox

Bat-Eared Fox

Unlike other canids, these small foxes are largely insectivorous in their feeding habits, hunting mainly locusts and termites, although they will also take bigger prey. Bat-eared foxes have very large ears that listen for the movements of harvester termites.

Bear

Bear

Bears are the largest carnivores on land. However, many bears consume high proportions of vegetation in their diets - as much as 95 per cent in some species. Bears have small eyes and ears and large snouts. Their sense of smell is extremely well developed.

Bearded Seal

Bearded Seal

The name of this seal originates from the prominent rows of long, pale, spiralling whiskers on its snout, which create the impression of a beard. They haul themselves on to the floes for a rest and then dive between the broken ice to feed.

Beluga Whale

Beluga Whale

Belugas possess a remarkable ability to find open stretches of water in the Arctic pack ice, enabling them to surface and breathe in this environment. Beluga means "white" in Russian, so these whales are sometimes called white whales.

Bengal Tiger

Bengal Tiger

The Bengal Tigers live solitary lives, hunting on their own. They are opportunistic hunters, favouring large quarry, and have been known to attack people on occasion. These man-eaters are often injured or infirm, and can develop a taste for human flesh.