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The 10 largest mammals in the world

The 10 largest mammals in the world are in and of themselves the ten largest species of whale, which would certainly not be of greater interest for a list. So here is a more representative selection of the 10 largest mammals in the world:

Numbers 1 and 2 live in water:

The largest mammal on earth is the blue whale with a length of around 30 m. It is a baleen whale that only feeds on krill and small fish. It is a member of the baleen whale family and, despite a strict ban on fishing, its population is still very much endangered.

The sperm whale is the largest predatory whale in the world. It is about 20 m long, but is a toothed whale that lives predatory. Among other things, he catches giant octopuses and squids at depths that hardly anyone can reach. Sperm whales have been spotted at depths of 3,000 m when they got tangled in cables or telephone lines. What exactly they find prey there and how they do it in total darkness is still not fully understood.

Land giants:

The largest land animal in the world is the African elephant. It can weigh over four tons. In contrast to its smaller Indian cousins, the African elephant does not become very tame and does not allow itself to be trained for work. Elephants are heavily hunted illegally because of the ivory, which is mainly due to the huge demand in East Asia. You thus share the fate of the


Rhinos also live in Asia and Africa, with the African black rhinoceros weighing over three tons. Rhinos are almost extinct in East Asia and their days seem to be numbered in Africa too, because in China the horn is considered a miracle cure for cancer, for virility and much more. By the way, it consists of keratin - just like a fingernail ...

The hippopotamus

with its also up to three tons weight is actually related to the pigs. Although they seem quite sluggish and cozy in the water, one should not underestimate these animals: They are responsible for far more fatal accidents in Africa than lions or leopards, for example.

The walrus lives partly on land and partly in water,

which is the only species of seal among the 10 largest mammals in the world. The walruses, which are still quite common in Alaska, can weigh up to 1.2 tons. The climate change with the melting of the ice and the warming of the water threatens this animal species far more than the illegal hunting by incorrigible humans.

The ice Bear

is the largest land-based predator on earth. It lives only in the northern hemisphere and can weigh up to 800 kg. Polar bears are also extremely aggressive towards humans, as they had little to do with humans in their evolutionary history until the Arctic explorers came. The Inuit always kept polar bear watch in their villages, as the animals tend to attack immediately. Today polar bears are threatened by climate change; they are difficult to reproduce in the zoo. The touching little polar bear Knut from Berlin Zoo became famous.

The Siberian tiger

is the largest big cat on earth and with a length of almost three and a half meters (with tail) also the longest land predator among mammals.

Like all tiger species, it is also strongly threatened because of its magnificent fur and the huge demand of the Asian middle and upper classes for sexual enhancers and miracle elixirs. Rigid protective measures are now in place in Russia and it is to be hoped that these wonderful creatures can survive.

The giraffe

is the tallest mammal in the world at around five meters. Giraffes are quite common in Africa and are welcome residents in zoos.

The largest mammals in Europe are the bison and the elk,

both of which weigh around 500 kg, but can also become significantly heavier in captivity. The bison is a wild cattle that is only found in Poland, Russia and the Caucasus. However, consideration is being given to reintroducing wisents to the wild in Germany.

The elk is the largest deer on earth, which lives in northeast and northern Europe and is quite common there. In recent times, wild elk have been making their way back to East Germany, where they are welcomed with pleasure.

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