Chang Pa Wildlife Preserve
The most distinctive feature of an elephant is its amazing multifunctional trunk. The trunk enables the elephant to breathe, locate scents, drink, and manipulate objects from a small twig to a large tree branch. The trunk is used to make sounds, greet or comfort other elephants, guide a calf and even as a snorkel when swimming.
Large mammals like rhinos, hippos and elephants live in hot climates and because of their size can easily overheat. Indian rhinos feed early and late in the day when it's cooler, spending the hot midday in mud wallows and wetlands. By submerging themselves until the heat passes they keep cool.
Malayan tapirs are sometimes called "Oreo" tapirs because of their distinctive black and white color pattern resembles an Oreo cookie. The black on the front and back with white or gray in the middle is a form of camouflage that breaks up the tapir's outline in the shadows of the forest. The stripes and spots on the vulnerable babies help them blend into the dappled sunlight and leaf shadows of the forest and protect them from predators.
Forget the monkey bars – they should be called "gibbon bars"! These apes are the only true brachiators, spending the majority of their travel time swinging effortlessly through the trees. What's the secret to their success? Their long, strong arms – the longest of all primates at more than 2 1/2 times their body length.
Before mating, paired cranes engage in intensive periods of elaborate dance moves that include head bobbing, leaping, deep bowing, running with wings flapping and short ritual flights accompanied by loud trumpeting calls. Juvenile birds engage in "social dancing" that helps develop pair bonds. Even downy chicks mimic the adult dance moves!