By DK Publishing

Following within the footsteps of DK's bestselling grownup name Animal, which bought in far more than 2 million copies, Animals: a visible Encyclopedia finds the wonders of the animal nation to a more youthful readership.
• established by way of animal crew with separate entries for each outstanding kind of animal, from ants and aardvarks to wasps and wallabies
• truth records supply key details on habit, distribution, nutrition, and conservation issues
• motion images finds wild animals interacting of their local habitats and places traditional habit in context
• Highlights animals probably to fireplace the mind's eye of younger minds: the deadliest, the most important, the friendliest, the quickest, and the downright strangest

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Apes are able to swing from branches from their hands and feet, but monkeys cannot. There are two families of apes—the lesser apes (gibbons) and the great apes (orangutans, gorillas, and chimpanzees). Orangutans spend most of their time in the trees. They have longer arms and more flexible joints than other great apes, so they can swing through the branches with ease. LIVING IN THE TREES Apes are found mainly in tropical forests and are largely vegetarian. Like most primates, they are good climbers and their long arms and grasping hands are ideal for swinging through the trees.

83 m) Weight 200 lb (90 kg) ■ Location North Pacific, North Atlantic, Black Sea ■ Also known as the common porpoise, this porpoise is numerous in the areas where it lives. It likes shallow seas and stays near the coast for most of the time. Sometimes it swims into harbors, which is how it gets its name. It feeds on fishes and shellfish on the seabed, gripping its prey in its teeth. The sei whale is a baleen whale. It eats a variety of food, from plankton to small squids and fishes. These whales swim in groups of up to five animals.

The dolphins communicate with each other in a “language” of whistles, clicks, and cries. This enables them to recognize, locate, and help each other. 60 DOLPHIN COMMUNICATION DOLPHIN SPEAK Quick! Someone’s in trouble. Communication in dolphins is still being investigated, but scientists think that dolphins have a complex system of language. They respond to each other’s whistles and clicks, and make noises when playing, hunting, or when predators are near. They make lots of different sounds. When dolphins recognize a distress call they will follow it in search of a lost friend or relative.

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