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Interesting trivia about Africa's diverse species

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Africa’s forest elephant is smaller than the better-known savanna elephant. It has tusks that are straight and point downward, unlike the savanna elephants curved tusks, and its ears are rounded, while the savanna elephant’s ears are more pointed. African Forest Elephant, Asian Elephant, Elephant Love, Elephant Species, Wildlife Conservation, African Animals, West Africa, South Africa, Endangered Species

Forest Elephant

Long considered to be a subspecies of the African elephant, the Africa forest elephant is now considered by many scientists to be its own species—separate from the African savanna, or bush, elephant. It is smaller than the better-known savanna elephant, has tusks that are straight and point downward, unlike the savanna elephants curved tusks, and has rounded ears while the savanna elephant’s ears are more pointed.

Caracals get their name from the Turkish word for ‘black ears.’ The largest of Africa’s small cats, these felines are incredibly agile. They can leap 3 meters (nearly 10 feet) into the air, and are able to take out multiple birds in a single strike! Small Wild Cats, Small Cat, Big Cats, Cool Cats, Pumas, Lynx, Animals And Pets, Cute Animals, Wild Animals

Caracals get their name from the Turkish word for ‘black ears.’ The largest of Africa’s small cats, these felines are incredibly agile. They can leap 3 meters (nearly 10 feet) into the air, and are able to take out multiple birds in a single strike!

Rhinos have very poor eyesight, so they will often charge without apparent reason. When attacking, the rhino lowers its head, snorts and breaks into a gallop that can be as fast as 48 kilometers per hour mph)! Ivory Trade, Save The Rhino, Wildlife Conservation, Rhinoceros, African Animals, Primates, Fun Facts, Creatures, Fortaleza

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Rhinos have very poor eyesight, so they will often charge without apparent reason. When attacking, the rhino lowers its head, snorts and breaks into a gallop that can be as fast as 48 kilometers per hour (30 mph)!

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Did you know: Flamingos are born with grey feathers. They get their pink color from the natural pink dye in the shrimp and algae they eat.

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Africa's Rhino In 10 Fast Facts: by African Wildlife Foundation on @stellerstories

Rhinos are named for their most distinctive feature: “rhinoceros” means “nose horn” in Ancient Greek. Two species of rhino are found in Africa, the white rhino and the black rhino. These names are a bit of a misnomer, as both species are actually grayish in color.

Chameleons' amazing colour-changing relies on tiny crystals under their skin, which change shape to reflect different wavelengths of light Colorful Animals, Nature Animals, Planet Earth Ii, The Lion Sleeps Tonight, Dragon Miniatures, Animal Adaptations, Reptiles And Amphibians, Creature Design, Animals Beautiful

Secrets of how a chameleon changes its colour

Chameleons' amazing colour-changing relies on tiny crystals under their skin, which change shape to reflect different wavelengths of light

As adults female cheetahs are solitary unless theyre accompanied by cubs. Meanwhile male cheetahs will often live in coalitions of two or three individuals. Learn more about these fascinating big cats. African Animals, African Safari, Cheetah Cubs, Gatos Cats, Cheetahs, Wildlife Conservation, Exotic Pets, Big Cats, Beautiful Creatures

Cheetah

As adults, female cheetahs are solitary unless they’re accompanied by cubs. Meanwhile, male cheetahs will often live in coalitions of two or three individuals. Learn more about these fascinating big cats.

Dubbed the African golden wolf, it's the first new species of canid—a group that includes wolves, coyotes, and jackals—discovered in 150 years. Africa is also home to two other wolf species, the gray wolf and Ethiopian wolf. Tanzania, National Geographic, Types Of Wolves, Ethiopian Wolf, Maned Wolf, African Wild Dog, Wolf Photos, Wild Dogs, Animal Totems

Meet the First New Canine Found in 150 Years

Golden jackals of Africa and Eurasia are actually two distantly related species—and one is a new species of wolf, a new study shows.

This amazing never-before-seen footage captured by Wildlife ACT reveals a genet riding on a critically endangered black rhino in Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Reserve, South Africa. Volunteer In Africa, Unlikely Animal Friends, Wildlife Biologist, Still Picture, Animal Science, Game Reserve, Wildlife Conservation, Rhinoceros, Animals

Video Captures Catlike Creature Riding Rare Rhino

New camera-trap footage shows a genet on the back of a black rhinoceros in South Africa. An expert weighs in on the bizarre interaction.

zebras have faced one of the most substantial reductions of range of any African mammal. Gorgeous Grevy's Only about exist today. Photo by: Martin HarveyGorgeous Grevy's Only about exist today. Photo by: Martin Harvey Wildlife Conservation, Safari Animals, Zebras, Livestock, Mammals, Habitats, Fun Facts, This Is Us, Creatures

Grevy’s zebras have faced one of the most substantial reductions of range of any African mammal.

Gorgeous Grevy's #zebras. Only about 2,000 exist today. Photo by: Martin Harvey #wildlife #photography

The plains zebra is found across east and southern Africa savannahs but continued population decline and threatens its survival. Learn what AWF is doing to protect this iconic species plus interesting zebra facts. African Animals, African Safari, Zoo Animals, Cute Animals, Wild Animals, Stupid Animals, Out Of Africa, Fauna, Giraffes

Zebra

#Zebras are water-dependent and will travel great lengths, up to 1,800 miles in the case of the Serengeti #migration, to reach food and water. Photo: Theodore Mattas

Plains zebras live in small family groups called “harems.” These groups consist of one stallion, several mares, and their offspring. Harems generally remain together for months or even years, making it an incredibly stable family unit. African Animals, African Safari, Beautiful Horses, Animals Beautiful, Animals And Pets, Cute Animals, Safari Animals, Zebra Pictures, Zany Zoo

Zebra

February is the time of the great migration and the height of #zebra foaling in the #Serengeti. Photo credit: Billy Dodson

Research into brain and vision psychology suggests that stripes serve a social function –to promote group cohesion. Photo courtesy of Billy Dodson. Plains Zebra, Wildlife Conservation, Zebras, Fun Facts, This Is Us, Africa, Creatures, Fascinating Facts, Stripes

Zebra

Research into #zebras' brain and vision psychology suggests that stripes serve a social function –to promote group cohesion. Photo courtesy of Billy Dodson.

The plains zebra is found across east and southern Africa savannahs but continued population decline and threatens its survival. Learn what AWF is doing to protect this iconic species plus interesting zebra facts. Plains Zebra, Family Units, Wildlife Conservation, Zebras, Pet Birds, Fun Facts, This Is Us, Africa, Harems

Zebra

#Zebras' family units are called “harems,” which are made up of one stallion, several mares, and their offspring. Photo: Andy Austin

The plains zebra is found across east and southern Africa savannahs but continued population decline and threatens its survival. Learn what AWF is doing to protect this iconic species plus interesting zebra facts. Plains Zebra, Wildlife Conservation, African Animals, Zebras, Animal Kingdom, Habitats, South Africa, Fun Facts, Safari

Zebra

Beautiful #zebras out near Manyara Ranch Tented Camp in Tanzania. Photo: Manyara Ranch Conservancy