How Big Are They? Giraffe,Whale, Ostrich, Elephant

Blue Whale

The Blue whale is the largest animal of all time, reaching a weight of about 180 tonnes (198 US tons) and a length of 30m (98′). Their tongues alone can weigh as much as an elephant and their hearts as much as a car.

The average height of a giraffe differs between male and female.

Male giraffes (or ‘bulls’) can be up to 18 feet (5.5 meters) tall, with a shoulder height of 11 feet (3.3 meters).

Female giraffes (or ‘cows’) can be up to 14 feet (4.3 meters) tall, with a shoulder height of 9 feet (2.8 meters).  They weigh approximately 2 tonnes or 2.2 US tons. Even baby giraffes are huge, a whopping six feet tall at birth

The tallest recorded male giraffe was one at London zoo called George who reached an amazing 19 ft 3 in (5.88 meters) The tallest recorded female was ‘Shackie’ who is 22ft tall (6.7 meters)

The largest living reptile is saltwater crocodile with a length of 5 m (16′) The largest recorded crocodile weighed an incredible 1,900 kg (21US tons) and spanned 6.3m (21′) in length!

The Ostrich is the largest living bird, with a height of 2.7m (9′) and weighing in at 156 kg (344lbs).

This man did get away, but he will probably keep his distance from ostriches.

Australia Day (Jan.26) Quiz

Fitting European countries into Australia

On January 26th,  about 18 million Australians celebrate Australia Day.

Here is a quiz for you.  Scroll down for the answers.

1. What do Koalas like to eat?

a) flowers b) Eucalyptus leaves  c) Grass

2.Why did most British and Irish people go to Australia in the 18th and 19th centuries?

Australian Flag
Australian Coat of Arms

a) they came as prisoners   b) they wanted warm weather

c) they travelled the wrong way  d) they came to see kangaroos

3. What is the traditional Aboriginal musical instrument called?

a) didgeridoo     b) steel drum     c) guitar     d) organ

4.   What is the capital of Australia.

a) Sydney   b) Canberra

5. Kangaroos carry their babies in a pouch (pocket). Which other Australian animal does that?

a) koala     b) sheep   c) crocodile     d) cow

6. What is the wild Australian dog called?

a) dingo    b) dingbat    c) fox    d) dogo

7.  Which Australian City would you find the opera house?

a) London    b) Sydney    c) Perth

8.   What is the name for the large Australian bird that cannot fly?

a) Aussie goose   b) Ostrich    c) Emu


9.  During which season do Australians celebrate Christmas?

a) Winter   b ) Spring    c) Summer    d) Autumn/Fall

10.  Aborigines used this tool for hunting?

a) boomerang    b) gun    c) bow and arrow

Scroll down for answers.











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