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  1. A. Often the first word in the dictionary - which relative of the elephant derives its name for the Afrikaans for "earth pig"?
  2. B. Crash is a video game character based on which marsupial, of the family Peramelidae?
  3. C. The only living member of genus Acinonyx, which animal has recorded speeds of up to 70mph, the fastest on land?
  4. D. What name is generally given to the wild feral dogs native to Australia?
  5. E. Which bird - also native to Australia - is the second tallest species in the world, only smaller than the ostrich?
  6. F. Which animal - a domesticated polecat - has been used for hundreds of years to force burrowing animals such as rabbits and moles, out of their holes?
  7. G. Which animal is (on average) the heaviest member of the great apes?
  8. H. Which large (and very dangerous) water-dwelling mammal derives its name from the Greek for "river horse"?
  9. I. Which long-beaked group of birds was sacred to the Ancient Egyptions as they were associated with the deity Djehuty?
  10. J. What is the largest species of big cat in the Americas, often depicted with its black coat and referred to as a "panther"?
  11. K. Which marsupial sleeps for 19 hours a day and lives off a diet almost entirely made up of Eucalyptus leaves?
  12. L. Which primates, native to Madagascar, feature species such as Ring-Tailed and Furry-Eared Dwarf?
  13. M. Which large aquatic mammals are more commonly known in North America as "sea cows"?
  14. N. The males of which Arctic whales bear a single large tusk made up of an upper canine tooth?
  15. O. Hedwig from Harry Potter was a "snowy" species of which type of bird?
  16. P. Which large rodent, native to the Americas, is well-known for its long, spiky defensive quills?
  17. Q. Which medium-sized game bird is perhaps most well-known for its small, heavily sought-after eggs?
  18. R. Caribou is another name for which type of large cervid, often associated with Christmas?
  19. S. Hammerhead and cookie-cutter are types of which large cartilaginous fish?
  20. T. Alongside turtles and terrapins, which group of shelled reptiles are the terrestrial representatives of the order Testudines?
  21. U. The spiny, hard relatives of starfish and sea cucumbers are commonly known as sea _______?
  22. V. Which often bald-headed scavenger bird is regularly pictured circling above a creature close to death in popular culture?
  23. W. Which northern marine-mammal - a relative of seals - are well-known for the large downwards-curving tusks exhibited on males?
  24. Y. Which long-haired bovid (cow-relative) is most commonly used as a pack animal in the Himalayas?
  25. Z. Which horse-like creature of the African plains is well-known for its distinctive striped hair?

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  1. A. Often the first word in the dictionary - which relative of the elephant derives its name for the Afrikaans for "earth pig"?
    Aardvark
  2. B. Crash is a video game character based on which marsupial, of the family Peramelidae?
    Bandicoot
  3. C. The only living member of genus Acinonyx, which animal has recorded speeds of up to 70mph, the fastest on land?
    Cheetah
  4. D. What name is generally given to the wild feral dogs native to Australia?
    Dingo
  5. E. Which bird - also native to Australia - is the second tallest species in the world, only smaller than the ostrich?
    Emu
  6. F. Which animal - a domesticated polecat - has been used for hundreds of years to force burrowing animals such as rabbits and moles, out of their holes?
    Ferret
  7. G. Which animal is (on average) the heaviest member of the great apes?
    Gorilla
  8. H. Which large (and very dangerous) water-dwelling mammal derives its name from the Greek for "river horse"?
    Hippopotamus
  9. I. Which long-beaked group of birds was sacred to the Ancient Egyptions as they were associated with the deity Djehuty?
    Ibis
  10. J. What is the largest species of big cat in the Americas, often depicted with its black coat and referred to as a "panther"?
    Jaguar
  11. K. Which marsupial sleeps for 19 hours a day and lives off a diet almost entirely made up of Eucalyptus leaves?
    Koala
  12. L. Which primates, native to Madagascar, feature species such as Ring-Tailed and Furry-Eared Dwarf?
    Lemur
  13. M. Which large aquatic mammals are more commonly known in North America as "sea cows"?
    Manatee
  14. N. The males of which Arctic whales bear a single large tusk made up of an upper canine tooth?
    Narwhal
  15. O. Hedwig from Harry Potter was a "snowy" species of which type of bird?
    Owl
  16. P. Which large rodent, native to the Americas, is well-known for its long, spiky defensive quills?
    Porcupine
  17. Q. Which medium-sized game bird is perhaps most well-known for its small, heavily sought-after eggs?
    Quail
  18. R. Caribou is another name for which type of large cervid, often associated with Christmas?
    Reindeer
  19. S. Hammerhead and cookie-cutter are types of which large cartilaginous fish?
    Shark
  20. T. Alongside turtles and terrapins, which group of shelled reptiles are the terrestrial representatives of the order Testudines?
    Tortoise
  21. U. The spiny, hard relatives of starfish and sea cucumbers are commonly known as sea _______?
    Urchin
  22. V. Which often bald-headed scavenger bird is regularly pictured circling above a creature close to death in popular culture?
    Vulture
  23. W. Which northern marine-mammal - a relative of seals - are well-known for the large downwards-curving tusks exhibited on males?
    Walrus
  24. Y. Which long-haired bovid (cow-relative) is most commonly used as a pack animal in the Himalayas?
    Yak
  25. Z. Which horse-like creature of the African plains is well-known for its distinctive striped hair?
    Zebra