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Animal Planet  Welcome to the official Instagram of Animal Planet!

Meet the saiga antelope and let’s marvel, for a moment, at its well-defined nostrils. 👃 This nose is an evolutionary feat. It helps filter out dust, cools the large-nosed animal in the summer, and heats up cold air in the winter. When it was first discovered people wrongly believed it could drink through its nose… an understandable misconception 🙈
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This is an axolotl; it’s a type of salamander that exhibits something called neoteny, which means it never goes through metamorphosis. No awkward teenage years for this amphibian! Since they lack the thyroid hormone that causes metamorphosis, these salamanders reach sexual maturity while still in a small larval stage and on average, live about 10 years. 🦎
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Despite having a reputation for being bloodthirsty birds, vultures are actually the janitors of Africa. They clean up the mess once the larger predators have done their job. With hundreds of miles between animal patients, the only way to travel out here is by light plane. The only catch? Vulture air traffic congestion! Vultures fly in the thermal air currents at the same altitude as us. See all the drama of #VetGoneWild, Sunday at 8P
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Chacma Baboons. If you’ve ever found it hard to organize lunch between your group of friends, maybe take a tip from a troop of baboons. They have one of the most complex social structures and use a mixture of sounds, touch and facial expressions to ensure everyone is on the same page. This Sunday at 8P, you’ll meet “Shrinky” and see the inspiring way this baboon is being given a second chance on #VetGoneWild
📸:@drchrisbrown
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Any time you’re driving through Southern Africa, it helps to pay close attention to the road. Thankfully this chameleon wore the wrong colour today and was such a poor match for the bitumen road. I was able to see him and then carry him to the side of the road. See how we save the amazing wildlife of Namibia on #VetGoneWild Sunday at 8pm
📸:@drchrisbrown
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When you’re a giraffe you’re never alone. Not only can you spot your friends from all the way up there, but look closely and you’ll see a pair of ox-pecker birds who are getting a meal with their view. They pick ticks and other parasites off the skin of the giraffe making them an unlikely yet useful ally of the giraffe. #VetGoneWild on Namibia Sunday at 8P.
📸:@drchrisbrown
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Why so serious?! Just how cheetahs survive in this hot dry environment always amazes me. But they’re perfectly adapted. Even those black ‘tear-marks’ (that make this cub look furious!) help to reduce the glare bouncing off the bright sand. See how far we go to help a cheetah cub in the Namibian desert on #VetGoneWild Sunday at 8P
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Today marks the first #WorldChimpanzeeDay! In the wild, chimps develop sophisticated hunting strategies that require cooperation, participation, and rank. These primates are conscious of their social status in their group and may try to manipulate their way to the top of the ladder. If a curveball gets thrown in their plans, they can adapt right away.
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Meet Ponso, the last surviving chimp from a test lab in Côte d’Ivoire. This sweet chimp now resides on an island all to himself. Estelle, his caretaker, describes him as a bit of a Peter Pan because he acts eternally youthful. He loves to play and is making sure this “second” life he’s been given is one of peace and fun. The only thing he’s missing is a companion. Watch the SEASON FINALE of #DodoHeroes this Saturday at 9P to see Ponso meet a new friend for the first time.
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Even though your favorite meerkat may live with no worries for the rest of his days, most live in 20-person super-families known as “mobs” or “gangs.” These long mongooses are immune to certain kinds of venom, helping the insectivore survive the strong, venomous sting of scorpions found in the Kalahari Desert. 😋
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Take Note: Don’t mess with a cassowary! This flightless bird has blade-like claws and a horn-like casque that can easily slice open an animal. The beautiful blue-headed bird has a booming call during mating season and is VERY protective of its babies. Catch @forrest.galante encounter these powerful Australian birds on #ExtinctorAlive Sunday at 9P. 📸 @jqbrantley .
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