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The Olympics is all about recognising and honouring man's sporting prowess - running, jumping, swimming, diving and doing just about everything else. Yet there are other games that take place far from the shiny new stadiums and flag-waving crowds.
Welcome to the Animal Olympics, where species compete daily in the wild to thrive and survive.
Different species have adapted different athletic abilities to succeed in their respective environments, from running fast to chase prey to swimming great distances in search of food and safety.
Animals are amazing athletes and their performances in the wild are of often above and beyond Olympic caliber.
Tigers can leap as high as 5m (16ft) and as far as 9-10m (30-33ft), making them one of the highest jumping mammals.
The tiger, largest of all cats, is one of the most charismatic and evocative species on Earth; it is also one of the most threatened. Only about 4,000 remain in the wild, most in isolated pockets spread across increasingly fragmented forests stretching from India to south-eastern China and from the Russian Far East to Sumatra, Indonesia.
Poached for its skin and body parts, the world has lost 3 of the 9 tiger subspecies in the past century - the Bali, Caspian and Javan tigers have all become extinct.
Can the remaining subspecies jump away from the brink of extinction?
Scientists have recorded leatherback turtles descending as deep as 1,230m - the deepest dive ever recorded for a reptile.
They are also excellent swimmers, finding their way as far north as Alaska and as far south as Africa's Cape of Good Hope.
Like other marine turtles species, leatherbacks are threatened by poaching for meat and egg collection, marine pollution and being caught accidentally in fishing nets. A combination of these threats has caused the world’s largest marine species to be listed as critically endangered.
The leatherback may have to dive a little deeper to escape detection.
No land animal on Earth can lift as much weight as the African elephant, which can pick up a one-tonne weight with its trunk.
When not showing off their physical prowess, they actually use their versatile trunk, an extension of the upper lip and nose, for communication and handling objects including food.
The African elephant, the world’s largest terrestrial mammal, continues to roam the continent, but remain under threat from poaching and habitat loss. Although poaching elephants for their ivory has declined since a 1989 ivory ban, it remains a widespread problem, particularly in west and central Africa.
As strong as they are, elephants still need additional protection from the illegal ivory trade.
Rhinos use their horns to spar with each other, defend themselves and their young against predators, and to dig for water and forage for food.
For humans, the rhino horn is a prized ingredient in traditional Asian medicines and valued for dagger handles in the Middle East. As a result, poaching has been responsible for a serious decline in many Asian and African rhino populations.
Thanks to vigorous conservation and anti-poaching efforts, some rhino populations are now stable or increasing.
Can the rhino’s thick armoured skin and short-horned “saber” foil off continued attempts on their lives?
Well, this isn’t really an Olympic event but as the giant panda is one of the official mascots of the Beijing Games and a cultural icon in China, no list would be complete without the universally loved species.
While not breaking any records for speed or climbing, the panda can consume an impressive 12-38kg of bamboo a day to meet its energy requirements.