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polar bear mother and two cubs Debra Garside

Take Our Quick Wildlife Quiz

Answer these seven questions for World Wildlife Day to see what you know about wildlife.

What color is a polar bear's skin?

White
Pink
Black
Light blue

Polar bear fur is translucent, and only appears white because it reflects visible light. But beneath all that thick fur, their skin is actually jet black!

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Y.-J. Rey-Millet / WWF

Despite being found in the wetlands of the Amazon rainforest, jaguars avoid the water like most cats.

True
False

Jaguars are actually good swimmers and have been known to cross wide rivers! They are often found living near the water—along lakes, rivers, and in wetlands.

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elephants Tom Stahl

How many muscles does an elephant trunk have?

Up to 10,000 muscles
Up to 25,000 muscles
Up to 40,000 muscles
Up to 75,000 muscles

An elephant trunk has up to 40,000 muscles. By comparison, a human's whole body has around 600 muscles. Elephants use their trunks to suck up water for drinking, greet each other, feed, snorkel when swimming, lift heavy objects, trumpet warnings, and much more.

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mother koala and joey naturepl.com/Steven David Miller/WWF

Which of these statements is true?

Koalas are bears
Koalas have opposable thumbs
Newborn koalas weigh only three ounces
Koalas can be found throughout Australia

Opposable thumbs help koalas climb eucalyptus trees, which are their homes and sole food source. Koalas are marsupials (not bears), found in southeastern and eastern Australia. Weighing less than an ounce at birth, a baby koala finds its way into its mother’s protective pouch, where it stays for up to seven months. Habitat loss is the koala's greatest threat.

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sea turtle hatchling Roger Leguen/WWF

How many eggs can sea turtles lay at one time?

Up to 60 eggs
Up to 180 eggs
Up to 240 eggs
Up to 300 eggs

Female sea turtles travel great distances across the ocean and onto shore where they dig a hole in the sand and lay their eggs. They then lay "clutches" of up to 180 eggs at a time. They return about two weeks later to deposit another clutch of eggs, and may return a few more times before the nesting season is over.

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bison Thomas Szajner/WWF-US

True or false? A bison can jump several feet off the ground.

True
False

Male bison can weigh up to 2,000 pounds and measure six feet high at the shoulder. While these giants may look slow and heavy, they can run as fast as a horse, turn quickly, and jump more than five feet high! Did you know that bison are the national mammal of the United States?

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two black-footed ferrets naturepl.com/Shattil & Rozinski/WWF

Black-footed ferrets are entirely dependent on which species?

Prairie dogs
Grasshoppers
Voles
American pikas

Black-footed ferrets—one of the most endangered mammals in North America—depend on the presence of prairie dogs and their burrows for food, shelter, and raising young (which are called kits).

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Debra Garside

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