Thank you for completing the quiz! By doing so you are helping us to find out how much people know about animals in general and, in particular, how well-known the harbour porpoise is.

We are doing this because some populations of harbour porpoises are endangered and urgently need our help and people, in general, want to protect what they know. So, this is a test of public knowledge and also an exercise in raising their profile.

If you want to learn more about the harbour porpoise, and in particular the critically endangered Baltic harbour porpoise, here is a link to more information for you.


The answers to the quiz are as follows:


  1. Grey wolf, scientific name: Canis lupus. Give yourself one point for wolf and 2 points for grey wolf. They are found in some but not all European countries. There is debate about whether they should be reintroduced into the UK.
  2. Hedgehog, Erinaceus europaeus. As you can see from its Latin name, this is a European hedgehog, there are seventeen species of these small spiny, invertebrate-eating mammals found around the world. Please award yourself one point for hedgehog or European hedgehog.
  3. Giraffe, Giraffa camelopardalis. Masai giraffe would be even better. There is debate about how many species and sub-species of giraffes there are. Sadly, they are threatened and can be found in various parts of Africa. The Masai giraffe lives in Kenya. One point for giraffe and two if you knew it was a Masai giraffe.
  4. Polar bear, Ursus maritimus. Did you know the polar bear is actually classified as a marine mammal, since it lives most of its life on the sea ice? Polar bears are very accomplished swimmers and are found in the USA (Alaska), Canada, Russia, Greenland, and some of Norway’s northern islands.  The polar bear is not found in Europe outside of Norway. One point for polar bear.
  5. Harbour porpoise, Phocoena phocoena. Give yourself one point if you got porpoise and 2 points for harbour porpoise or common porpoise (another name it is sometimes known by). The harbour porpoise is found in coastal waters almost around the whole northern hemisphere and was once common in most European waters. It has one distinct but very small population in the Baltic Sea which is critically endangered and another small population off the Portuguese and Spanish coasts which is also threatened. There is also a subspecies that lives in the Black Sea.
  6. Brown bear, Ursus arctos. This species of bear is common in northern Europe, across northern Russia and in Alaska and Canada. One point for ‘brown bear’.
  7. Orca, Orcinus orca. The orca is sometimes called ‘killer whale’, which we suppose would give you a point but we would be much happier if you’d stick to calling it orca. Orca groups are regularly seen in some European waters.
  8. African elephant, Loxodonta africana. This is an African elephant, which you can see because they have larger ears than Asian elephants, which is a different species. We’ll give you a point for “elephant” and 2 points for African elephant.

Now add up your score!

Score 1-3 – Good

Score 4-7 – Excellent

Score 8-12 – Genius

Thank you very much for taking part.


With thanks to Humane Society International for their assistance with this project.