Know your animals while on safari

Hippo with a Baby
Hippo with a Baby
Grevy's Zebra
Grevy's Zebra
Wild Dog
Wild Dog
Bufallo
Bufallo
Cheetah
Cheetah
Columbus monkey
Columbus monkey
Baboon
Baboon
Leopard
Leopard
Giraffe
Giraffe
Wildebeest
Wildebeest
Topi
Topi
Spotted Hyena
Spotted Hyena
Water buck
Water buck
Leopard
Leopard
Chimpanzee
Chimpanzee
Mountain Gorilla
Mountain Gorilla
oryx
oryx

Safari Animals

Did You Know? Wild dogs

· The markings on wild dogs aren’t exactly the same between individuals, making it easy to identify different individuals. Why such a pattern should develop, and how it serves the hunting dog, has long intrigued scientists.

· Wild dogs are usually on the move over a very large range, covering for example, some 900 square miles in search for prey. After a litter is born, however, they will limit their traveling and hunting to areas closer to the den.

Did You Know? Baboons

· Baboons are similar in appearance and the only difference s that nearly around 50% of adult males and females lack the male's ruff (long hairs around the neck).

· Baboons use over 30 vocalizations (Voice Communication) ranging from grunts to barks to screams. Non-vocal gestures include yawns, lip smacking and shoulder shrugging.

Did You Know? Bongo

· The bongo is the largest and heaviest forest antelope. Hunting has eliminated bongos in some areas.

· Bongos are shy animals. They often are solitary, but sometimes accompany one another in pairs.

Did You Know? Buffalo

· The African buffalo is a member of the so-called "Big Five" group of animals, with the elephant, rhino, lion and leopard. It differs from the domesticated water buffalo found in other parts of the world, although they both superficially resemble one another.

· The buffalo is one of the most abundant of Africa's large herbivores. It depends on water and does not live in regions with less than 10 inches of rain a year.

· They are unpredictable and can be dangerous if cornered or wounded.

Did You Know? Bushbuck

· Although the bushbuck's hunched-up gait makes it a slow and a clumsy runner, it is a good swimmer and can jump 6-foot-high fences.

· Bushbucks can live in both moist and dry habitats.

Did You Know? Cheetah

· The name cheetah comes from an Indian word meaning "The spotted one."

· The young cub has a long gray-blue coat and a black underbelly that rapidly lightens and becomes spotted as it ages.

· In the early days people trained cheetahs for hunting, and many civilizations depicted them in their art and in written records.

Did You Know? Chimpanzees

· Noisy, curious, intelligent and social, the chimpanzee is the mammal with the closest human behavior.

· Chimpanzees use large sticks and branches as clubs or throw them at enemies like leopards and humans encroaching their teritiories.

· Chimps supplement their vegetation diets with meat from animals such as young antelopes or goats. Their most frequent victims, however, are other primates such as young baboons, Columbus monkeys and blue monkeys.

Did You Know? Columbus Monkey

· The name Columbus is derived from a word meaning "mutilated one" because unlike other monkeys they do not have thumbs.

· The monkeys communicate with a songlike call, a warning call and a mating call. In local traditions they are used for weather forecasters because they become silent in the advent of bad weather.

Did You Know? Elephants

· The elephant is distinguished by its high level of intelligence, interesting behavior, methods of communication and complex social structure.

· Elephants seem to be fascinated with the tusks and bones of dead elephants, fondling and examining them. The myth that they carry them to secret "elephant burial grounds," however, has no factual base.

· Elephants are very social, frequently touching and caressing one another and entwining their trunks.

· Elephants demonstrate concern for members of their families they take care of weak or injured members and appear to grieve over a dead companion.

Did You Know? Gerenuk

· In their courtship ritual, the male gerenuk approaches a female in heat and repeatedly taps her with one of his front legs under the belly or on the flanks. He may rub her with his pre orbital glands to deposit his scent before mating.

Did You Know? Giraffe

· Despite its long neck, the giraffe has only seven vertebrae on its spinal column, exactly the same number as man and most other mammals.

· Even though giraffes are often seen together in groups, they do not form complex social groups seen in many plains species. Theirs are loose associations, constantly changing in individuals.

Did You Know? Grevy’s Zebra

· The stripes on a Grevy’s zebra are like fingerprints to a human. No two patterns are identical. Researchers have used the uniqueness of stripes to identify individuals.

· Grevy's zebras can reach speeds of up to 40 mph (64 kph) in full flight.

· Foals (newly born) can run with the rest of the herd within an hour of their birth. They can also recognize their mothers using their eyesight and their sense of smell.

Did You Know? Hyena

· Hyenas make a variety of vocalizations, including wailing calls, howling screams and the well-known "laughter" used to alert other clan members up to three miles away of a food source.

· Hyenas can eat a great variety of animal products, vegetation and, according to some reports from campers, even aluminum pots and pans.

Did You Know? Leopard

· The elegant, powerfully built leopard has a long body, relatively short legs and a broad head. Its tawny coat is covered with dark, irregular circles called "rosettes."

· Both lions and hyenas will take away a leopard's kill. Therefore to prevent this leopards store their larger kills in trees where they can feed on them in relative safety.

Did You Know? Lions

· Most lions drink water daily if available, but can go four or five days without it. Lions in arid areas seem to obtain needed moisture from the stomach contents of their prey.

· In the fight for dominance, when a male lion takes over a pride, it usually kills the cubs. The females come into estrus and the new males sire other cubs.

Did You Know? Mountain Gorillas

· Humans and gorillas are 98% genetically identical.

· Male silverback gorillas can weigh 50-100 pounds more and are about 10 times stronger - than the biggest American football players.

Did You Know? Oryx

· The Oryx that has successfully adapted to the harsh conditions of dispersed food, intense heat and little or no water among other antelopes.

· The female comes into heat soon after giving birth. The more frequent estrus cycles enable females to produce calves at 9-month intervals.

Did You Know? Rhino

· The rhino is prized for its horn. Not a true horn, it is made of thickly matted hair that grows from the skull without skeletal support. The major demand for horn is in Asia, where it is used in traditional medicine and ornamental carvings.

Did You Know? Topi

· Both male and female Topi like to rub their heads on the ground (to spread scent from facial glands), roll in earth and stir up mud with their horns. They smear mud on their bodies with their hooves.

· The gregarious Topi spend much of their life with other antelopes such as wildebeest, and with zebra and ostrich. Female Topi have developed the ability to stall the labor process in order to delay giving birth if they sense immediate danger. Topi are the swiftest of the ungulates, able to run at faster speeds than other similar antelope species.

Did You Know? Waterbuck

· The meat of older waterbuck takes on an unpleasant odor from the waterproofing secretions of its sweat glands, prompting predators to choose other prey.

Did You Know? Wildebeest

· Wildebeest are noisy creatures. Bulls have an array of loud vocalizations, from moans to explosive snorts.

For adventure lovers and animal enthusiasts, a good vacation begins with careful planning. Most people who take a safari vacation only plan for the necessary things that they need to take on safari. However very few prepare their expectations with first hand information about where they are going and what they are going to see. If you are an animal enthusiast you can take a peek at some of the profiles for safari animals at Edge East Africa safaris. Their physical characteristics, habitats, diet and behavior

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