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!
AWF – Check out the Rhino!
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)!
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.
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 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.
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.