Scientific name: orycteropus afer
The aardvark is from Africa. It is a very good digger and sleeps during the day and comes out at night to dig. Aardvarks are distantly related to elephants. Aardvarks eat ants and termites. Aardvarks are extremely primitive in their makeup and could be called a living fossil.
Scientific name: vicugna pacos
The alpaca is a kind of domestic animal bred for its wool, the same reason people keep sheep. Alpacas are related to llamas and camels but are a lot smaller than both. Alpacas come in lots of different colours, such as black, white and lots of different shades of brown.
Scientific name: myrmecophaga tridactyla
The anteater is an animal that, as its name suggests, eats mainly ants and termites. They have a long, sticky tongue that they flick into ant nests. There are four different types of anteater, the anteater in the picture is the giant anteater. They are related to sloths. Giant anteaters can grow up to 2.4 metres long, including their tail. Baby anteaters ride on their mother's back.
Antelope is a word used for any one of a large group of animals that are related to goats, sheep and cows. Many antelopes look like deer but are actually not closely related - antelopes keep their horns through their lifetime and deer shed their horns every year. The antelope in the picture is an eland.
Scientific name: dasypus novemcinctus
Armadillos are small mammals with a leathery armor shell. They are related to the anteater and sloth. They are native to the Americas. Armadillos are very good at digging. They dig for grubs and insects, and dig themselves dens to live in.
Scientific name: camelus bactrianus
The bactrian camel is different to the dromedary camel because it has two humps instead of one. There are a lot less bactrian camels, and there are very few wild ones left.
Scientific name: order: chiroptera
A bat is a flying animal (not a bird). Its arms have evolved into wings. Most bats eat fruit or insects. Bats usually travel around at night and sleep during the day. They hang upside down by their feet in trees or on the ceiling of caves.
Scientific name: family: ursidae
Bears come in many shapes and sizes. They are generally brown with shaggy fur and large claws. They are very strong, and use their claws to dig for roots or rip open termite nests and beehives. Bears can stand on their hind legs.
Scientific name: bison bison
The American Bison is a very large type of cow. They once travelled in massive herds over America, but they were killed almost to extinction by people in the 19th century. A bison has a shaggy, long, dark brown winter coat, and a lighter weight, lighter brown summer coat. Bison can reach up to 2 meters (6.6 ft) tall, 3 meters (10 ft) long, and weigh 400 kilograms (882 lb) to 1,000 kilograms (2,205 lb).