There are incredible animals in Mozambique, a country in Southern Africa with some of the world’s most interesting animals. After they finished up investigating India on their Coding Critters World Adventures Stories, dinos Rumble and Bumble made their way down south to Mozambique to search for a fascinating marine animal called a dugong. This incredible creature is one of many animals Rumble and Bumble found and they’ve decided to share their favourites.
10 incredible animals in Mozambique
Check out their list to learn more and see if you can answer Rumble and Bumble’s animal quiz (you’ll find the answers at the end of the post). Remember to follow Learning Resources on Instagram to read more about Rumble and Bumble’s adventure, see the other Coding Critters on their World Adventures Stories, and win cool prizes.
The warm waters of the Indian Ocean off the coast of Mozambique are home to the dugong, a mammal that long body and have a dolphin-like tail. In fact, many years ago people used to think they were mermaids! Imagine that.
What do dugongs eat?
- Sea grass
- Ice cream
These lizards may be slow-moving, but they have quick-moving tongues with a sticky tip which they shoot out to catch insects for food. Rumble and Bumble were fascinated when they found out that chameleons have amazing eyesight because they have eyes on the sides of their heads which can move independently so they can watch two different objects at the same time.
What else is special about chameleons?
- Their skins can change colour.
- They have long tongues.
- The world’s smallest chameleon grows to only 3cm long.
In their search for incredible animals in Mozambique, Rumble and Bumble discovered five different species of sea turtles that live along the coast of Mozambique. Turtles have shells on their backs, and these help them glide through the water when whey swim in the ocean.
Where do sea turtles lay their eggs?
- In a nest
- On the beach
- Under an umbrella
If you dive under water in the Indian Ocean, you’ll see manta rays. These graceful animals have long fins that look like wings and when they swim, they look like they’re flying underwater. Despite their big size, they can swim fast and they can even jump out of the water.
What kind of animal is a manta ray?
Despite having long wings, ostriches can’t fly but they can run fast – up to 45mph. Ostriches lay the largest eggs of any living birds and they can be up to 15cm long and weigh as much as two dozen chicken eggs.
What do ostriches eat?
The largest fish in the sea, these magnificent underwater creatures can grow up to 12m long. These giants of the sea eat by swimming through the water with their huge mouths open to catch everything in their path. Fortunately, their favourite meal is made up of tiny sea creatures called plankton.
How long is the world’s largest recorded whale shark?
Like lions, leopards, jaguars and tigers, cheetahs are a member of the big cat family, but unlike many other big cats, they can’t roar! Just don’t try to race them because they can run really fast and are the fastest land animal.
How fast can a cheetah run?
A is for aardvark and a is for ant. These strange-looking animals live off a diet of ants and termites. When it finds ants or termites, it digs into the nest and uses its long tongue to pick up its meal. An adult aardvark’s tongue can grow up to 30cm long and can pick up to 50,000 ants in one go! That is amazing.
What else can an aardvark do?
If there was a competition for the cat with the pointiest-looking ears, the caracal would be in with a good chance of winning. These incredible members of the cat family have tufts of hair at the tips of their ears that make their ears look long and pointy. Caracals are shy and like to keep to themselves but they have a cool trick up their sleeves – they can jump high.
How high can a caracal jump?
Crowned grey crane
The crowned grey crane has golden feathers on its head that look like a fancy crown. It’s knowns for putting on a royal-style dance to attract attention and has some funky moves including bows, bobs, and jumps. Crowned grey cranes live in flocks and when they get together, it can get pretty crowded.
How many cranes can flock together?
Do you think you have all the correct answers to our quiz on 10 Incredible Animals in Mozambique? Find out below:
- Sea grass.
- All the answers are correct. Chameleons are amazing!
- On the beach.
- 1 and 2. Ostriches eat plants and then swallow pebbles to help digest their food.
- 2. 20m. Scientists don’t know what the maximum size of a whale shark is, but the longest one ever recorded was 20m in length.
- A cheetah’s top speed is 70mph – that’s the same speed as the national speed limit on a motorway.
- Swim. (Although it would be fun to see an aardvark fly or cycle!)