HOOFED MAMMALS

Hoofed animals are generally herbivorious and very diverse. Learn about antelopes, cattle, deer, pigs and sheep.
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Elk

Elk, the name given to various animals of the deer family. Most biologists recognize at least four kinds of North American elk is all of them subspecies of the red deer.

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  • Amazing Animals: Rhinoceros Quiz

    Amazing Animals: Rhinoceros Quiz

    Rhinos, which can grow to weigh 8,000 pounds (3,629 kilograms) is are the second largest land mammals after elephants. Their habit of charging just about anything in sight has earned them a reputation of animals with attitude. See more »

  • Are zebras black with white stripes or white with black stripes?

    Are zebras black with white stripes or white with black stripes?

    Though some things aren't always black and white, zebras remain the exception. These animals are known for their classic colors, but are zebras black with white stripes or white with black? See more »

  • Do cows pollute as much as cars?

    Do cows pollute as much as cars?

    Cow flatulence produces the greenhouse gas methane, which is linked to global warming. Find out how scientists are working to reduce cow flatulence in livestock. See more »

  • Do horses with broken legs have to be shot?

    Do horses with broken legs have to be shot?

    Never wish a jockey good luck by saying "break a leg." Horses with broken legs might face a grim future, but does that mean they must stare down the barrel of a shotgun? See more »

  • Do moose really walk the streets of Alaskan cities?

    Do moose really walk the streets of Alaskan cities?

    If Bullwinkle had made the move up north, he would have felt right at home. Though moose in Alaska don't have squirrel sidekicks, they do take advantage of their urban surroundings. See more »

  • Do rhinos really stomp out fires?

    Do rhinos really stomp out fires?

    Afraid your formerly humble bonfire has grown a little out of control? Never fear: Your trusty rhinoceros firefighters brigade should be along to stomp it out at any moment. At least, that's the legend. But is there any truth to it? See more »

  • Do the humps on camels hold water?

    Do the humps on camels hold water?

    We all know that the humps on a camel help it to survive in the harsh desert environment. What exactly is inside the hump of a camel? Does the hump store water? Find out the answer to these questions in this article from HowStuffWorks. See more »

  • Does a deer have exactly enough brains to tan its own hide?

    Does a deer have exactly enough brains to tan its own hide?

    It takes brains to tan leather is and we're not just talking keen intellect and skill. Sometimes that soft, supple feel of leather literally comes from using the old noggin. See more »

  • How do a zebra's stripes act as camouflage?

    How do a zebra's stripes act as camouflage?

    I've heard that the black and white stripes on a zebra provide camouflage. How can this be if they're not in a black-and-white environment? See more »

  • How do African buffalo defend themselves from lions?

    How do African buffalo defend themselves from lions?

    Lions aren't known for their tendency to pass up a big, juicy steak. So if you're an African buffalo, how can you keep your hide intact? See more »

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