Do You Know What I Am? Animals of Africa
These monkeys are furry and noisy, but very caring for their young. They are omnivore foragers, but are also known to eat sheep, goats and small antelopes. In Egyptian folklore, Baboons were considered sacred animals.
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But did you know the gestation period lasts for 22 months? With a total body length between 24 and 40 cm, this big eared guy is the smallest fox there is. Their ears help them detect insects and rodents hiding underground. Vulnerable to predators as an adult, calf giraffes are hunted by lions, leopard and hyenas. Despite their pig-like appearance their closest relatives are whales, from which they diverged some 55 millions of years ago. One of the most abundant antelopes in Africa, the impalas, can grow up to 95 cm tall.
Only the males have horns, which they use in territorial battles.
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These far away relatives of the wolves are crepuscular, being most active at dawn and dusk. They are scavengers and hunters of small animals. In oriental mythology jackals are clever sorcerers, while in Egyptian religion they are Gods of the afterlife. These half meter tall antelopes can fit all four hooves onto a piece of cliff the size of a coin and never have to drink water, since the succulent plant they forage on provides them with sufficient water.
The King of the Jungle, the second largest feline after the Tiger, the Lion is today considered a vulnerable species, with its population decline of thirty to fifty percent in the last 20 years.
Magpies are easy to spot thanks to their black and white colourings. Normally, they collect objects found such as jewels or plastics and save them in their nest. Their diet includes seeds, eggs, nuts, insects, and fruits. This medium sized antelope prefers a deep forest to any plain there is in Africa.
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While the females are warm brown and horn-less as the nyala pictured below, the males are dark skinned with long spiraled horns and a woolly fringe on their belly. Otters are semi-aquatic mammals which feed on fish, birds and small mammals. They are also the best swimming teachers out there. Porcupines are rounded, large, slow rodents. Their body is covered with large, pointy spines.
Porcupines are salt lickers and will lick and eat anything that is covered in salt, from household items such as tables or clothes to vehicle tires coated in road salt.
Also known as Red-billed Quelea or Red-billed weaver, is a small bird from the weaver family. It can be found in the Sub-Saharan Africa and is considered one of the most plentiful wild bird breed in the world. Rhinoceros are large plant eating mammals which are able to reach more than a tonne in weight. They have thick armor like skin, small brains that can weight less than a kilogram and no knees.
These antelopes can reach a height of up to cm and their horns can be as long as cm. When fighting, male sable bulls drop to their knees and use their horns to fight. The Maasai describes them as wearing a suede jacket, blue jeans and yellow boots. These animals are spiny-tailed lizards found in Africa and are active during daylight time.
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