Best inbuilt ventilation – The termite mound
Termites construct incredibly complex structures which may house up to 5 million termites. While there is so much to admire, their ventilation system is especially ingenious. Wind passing over openings on top of the mound decreases the air pressure drawing clean air into openings at the mound’s base and through its passageways.
Best engineers – The beaver
Using their strong teeth to cut through bark, beavers build dams. These dams offer protection against predators such as wolves by allowing the beavers to create deep enough ponds to build their homes. These homes are known as lodges and have underwater entrances making it impossible for predators to access. Beavers also build canals to cleverly float food back to their lodge.
Best apartment block – The sociable weaver
These birds are called sociable for a reason and may live in groups of 500 in a huge ‘high rise apartment block’. The huge nest keeps them warm in winter and cool in summer and they work together to make sure it remains in tip-
Sexiest nest – The southern masked weaver
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Best bed makers – The chimpanzee
Most nights, chimpanzees build a new nest in which to sleep and they are usually built high up in trees – out of the reach of predators. First the chimp pulls several thick branches together and presses them down to make a stable platform. It then weaves thinner branches and twigs around the edge and uses broken twigs and leaves to provide padding for the centre of the bed.
Largest web builder – Golden silk spider
This honours goes to the golden silk spider that lives in tropical rainforests. Their huge webs can measure ten feet across and are strong enough to trap small birds. The spider gets its name from its web, which has a distinct yellow colour that glitters like gold in sunlight.
Best wasp builder – The potter wasp
This wasp derives its name, unsurprisingly, from the unusual pot-
Why aren’t bats birds?
Answer : In case you haven’t guessed, bats are not birds because they don’t have feathers.