Animals

From the world's tallest dog to its most dangerous ant, you'll find the fastest, tallest, oldest, strangest and most awesome species from the animal kingdom right here. And if you want more, pick up our books - Amazing Animals and Wild Things - which celebrate the most incredible creatures on Earth. 

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Zeus is the tallest dog ever at 1.118 m (44 in) tall
Tallest dog ever
Merlin has the record for the loudest purr by a domestic cat
Loudest purr by a domestic cat
Big Jake the world's tallest horse
Big Jake, the world's tallest horse
Bertie, the fastest tortoise, can reach speeds of 0.28 metres per second
Fastest tortoise
Blossom is the tallest cow ever
Meet Blosom the tallest cow ever
Gibson the biggest dog in the world in 2007 met Boo Boo the smallest dog
Tallest and shortest dogs meet (former record holders)
Corduroy was the oldest cat living
Oldest cat living (former record holder)

Guinness World Records' animals books

From talented pets to extreme wildlife, animals are always among our most popular record-breakers. Guinness World Records has records for everything from the largest dinosaurs and nature’s fastest and deadliest beasts, to skateboarding dogs, furry felines, leaping llamas and phenomenal farm animals. Find out more about these incredible records and stories in two dedicated animal record books: Wild Things and Amazing Animals.

Wild Things Amazing Animals

Amazing animal records

Largest mammal to build a nest

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Largest mammal to build a nest

The largest mammal to construct a nest is the gorilla ( Gorilla gorilla ) of Africa, where adult…

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Most venomous mollusc

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Most venomous mollusc

The two closely-related species of blue-ringed octopus, Hapalochlaena maculosa and H. lunulata,…

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Most dangerous ant

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Most dangerous ant

The most dangerous ant in the world is the bulldog ant ( Myrmecia pyriformis ) found in coastal…

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Largest species of camel

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Largest species of camel

The largest member of the family Camelidae is the dromedary or one-humped camel ( Camelus…

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Largest carnivore on land

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Largest carnivore on land

The largest of all the carnivores is the polar bear ( Ursus maritimus ). Adult males typically weigh…

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Largest predatory fish

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Largest predatory fish

The largest predatory fish is the rare great white shark ( Carcharodon carcharias ). Adult specimens…

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Largest mouth on a terrestrial animal

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Largest mouth on a terrestrial animal

The largest mouth of all land animals belongs to the hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius) of Africa…

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Largest horn spread - steer (ever)

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Largest horn spread - steer (ever)

The largest horn spread - steer (ever) is 320.99 cm (126.375 in) and was achieved by Sato (USA), in…

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Shortest cow (height)

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Shortest cow (height)

The shortest cow is Manikyam, owned by Ashkay N.V. (India), in Kerala, India. She measured 61.1 cm…

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Oldest koala (ever)

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Oldest koala (ever)

The oldest koala ever in captivity was Sarah, who died in 2001 aged 23 years old. Sarah was born in…

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Oldest bearded dragon (ever)

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Oldest bearded dragon (ever)

The oldest bearded dragon ever was 'Sebastian' (UK, b. 01 June 1997), who died at the old age of 18…

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