You are here: Life > LET'S EXPLORE The animal kingdom > A to Z of herbivorous mammals

A to Z of herbivorous mammals

The musk ox is a bovid from Arctic regions. Musk oxen cluster together to form a defensive group whenever danger—perhaps a pack...Read More >>The musk ox is a bovid from Arctic regions. Musk oxen cluster together to form a defensive group whenever danger—perhaps a pack of hungry wolves—approaches. They sometimes use their horns as weapons for self-defence.Herbivores are animals that eat only plants. Many herbivores have hooves instead of claws on their feet. This gives them speed to escape from danger. They are called ungulates. Most have strong senses of smell and sight. Ungulates that live in forests, or that have to search for their food, are often solitary. Those that live in open spaces and feed on abundant plants such as grasses tend to live in herds. This gives these animals—deer or zebras, for example—some protection against predators.



Springboks are related to gazelles. As they run away from predators, they will suddenly leap stiff-legged into the air. This is...Read More >>Springboks are related to gazelles. As they run away from predators, they will suddenly leap stiff-legged into the air. This is known as "stotting" or "pronking".

Antelopes

Antelopes are long-legged, fast-running mammals from Africa. They feed on grasses and other plants. Gazelles, springboks, impalas, kudus and wildebeest are all types of antelope. Antelopes live in large herds to protect themselves against predators. All males, and some females, have horns.
Wildebeest roam the plains of Africa. They follow the rains in order to feed on the lushest grasses. In doing so, they are forced...Read More >>Wildebeest roam the plains of Africa. They follow the rains in order to feed on the lushest grasses. In doing so, they are forced to cross dangerous rivers. The animals slide down the river bank and into the water. Some are swept away by the strong waters. Others are pulled under by crocodiles. Most, however, reach the other side to continue their journey.

Domestic cows are descended from the wild auroch, a species of bovid which once roamed across Europe, Asia and North Africa and finally went extinct in the 17th century.

Q-files now has new sections specially written for younger readers. They are: Living world, Earth, Science, Human body, Prehistoric life, Space, History, Geography and Technology.


Find the answer