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Meet the world’s most roar-some record-breakers in Guinness World Records: Wild Things!

From gentle ocean giants to bloodthirsty bugs, the animal kingdom is crawling with incredible record-breaking creatures! In Wild Things – appropriately launching on Thursday 4 October, World Animal Day – nature’s most amazing animals get their moment to shine.


We venture from the highest mountains and the hottest deserts to the densest rainforests and deepest oceans to reveal the natural world’s most extreme critters. Explore our illustrated maps to discover some of the record-breaking wildlife living in your local neighbourhood.

Below is just a small selection of the record-holding wild things that star in our new book…

Komodo dragon

Komodo Dragon

With venomous saliva, sharp teeth and a tail powerful enough to whip prey of its feet, the Largest lizard is not to be messed with.

The average male is 2.59 m (8 ft 6 in) long and weighs 79-91 kg (175-200 lb), and can double its body weight with a single meal! 



For anyone who’s the proud owner of a pet hamster or guinea pig, get ready to meet their much bigger cousins from South America!

Measuring 1-1.3 m (3 ft 3 in-4 ft 3 in) and weighing up to 79 kg (174 lb), the capybara is the world's Largest rodent. It also looks quite charming!



Find out more about these forest-dwelling birds from Down Under which tend to stand out with their blue heads, green eggs and a deadly secret weapon…

This colourful creature is the Most dangerous bird. What makes it so perilous? Well, it's because of their feet: on their inner toes you'll find a super-sharp claw that can be as long as 12 cm (5 in), something you don't want to get in the way of!



Formidable speed and intelligence make killer whales one of the ocean’s top predators – even great whites flee from them!

Reaching speeds of 55.5 km/h (34.5 mph), these Largest dolphin species can exhaust their prey by chasing it for hours on end.



There’s a whole chapter dedicated to record-breaking prehistoric beasts – including this much-loved favourite, the longest-horned dino!

These now-extinct monsters had the Longest dinosaur horns, measuring up to 4 ft (1.2 m) long.

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As well as furry, feathered and scaly record holders from the animal world, we also have inspiring features on some of best-loved wildlife organizations and conservationists, including Sir David Attenborough, Jane Goodall, the WWF, Steve Backshall, Bindi and Robert Irwin, ZSL London Zoo and Coyote Peterson – host of YouTube’s most popular animal channel, Brave Wilderness.


Plus, don’t miss the BUGS TO LIFE! feature – a collaboration between Guinness World Records and AugmentifyIt®, which enables you to see record-breaking creepy-crawlies turn from 2D to 3D before your very eyes!

Keep up to date with all the latest breaking wildlife records and news stories about amazing animals on the Guinness World Records website.

Guinness World Records: Wild Things is out now in the UK, Australia and Germany. Find out where you can buy your copy.

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