5 Fascinating Facts About the Common Chimpanzee

5 Fascinating Facts About the Common Chimpanzee

Chimpanzees stand alongside gorillas as Africa’s only great apes and are the closest living relatives of humans. The common chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) is the best known of two species – the other being the bonobo, which is smaller...
5 Fascinating Facts About the Shoebill

5 Fascinating Facts About the Shoebill

This huge, grey waterbird, also known as a whale-headed stork, derives its name Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex), from its massive bill, which resembles a traditional Dutch clog, with a sharp nail-like hook on the end...
5 Fascinating Facts About the Nile Monitor

5 Fascinating Facts About the Nile Monitor

The Nile monitor (Varanus niloticus) is a hefty reptile, also known as the water monitor, and Africa’s longest lizard, sometimes reaching lengths of over 2 metres – of which more than half is tail...
5 Fascinating Facts About the Caracal

5 Fascinating Facts About the Caracal

The Caracal (Felis caracal) is an elegant, medium-sized cat which is widespread in open country across much of Africa. Elusive and largely nocturnal, it is seldom seen on safari – although smaller reserves in South Africa’s Cape and Karoo have a good reputation for sightings...
5 Fascinating Facts About the Blue Wildebeest

5 Fascinating Facts About the Blue Wildebeest

The Blue Wildebeest, a grazing herd animal has achieved fame as the key player in the Serengeti’s ‘Great Migration’, which is routinely described as the greatest animal show on earth...
5 Fascinating Facts About Vultures

5 Fascinating Facts About Vultures

These scavenging raptors are the hyenas of the skies, playing a vital ecological clean-up role by disposing of decomposing carcasses. Broad wings allow Vultures to soar...
5 Fascinating Facts About the Eland

5 Fascinating Facts About the Eland

The Eland, an ox-like antelope, is the largest in the world and belongs to the ‘spiral-horned’ subfamily, along with the likes of kudu and bushbuck. There are two...
5 Fascinating Facts About Southern Right Whale

5 Fascinating Facts About Southern Right Whale

The Southern Right Whale (Eubalaena Australis) is best known from South Africa’s Cape, where good numbers arrive during the southern winter from their sub-Antarctic feeding grounds to breed...
5 Fascinating Facts About Brown Hyena

5 Fascinating Facts About Brown Hyena

The Brown Hyena is a scruffier-looking and more solitary relative of the spotted hyena and confined to the southwest corner of Africa, frequenting areas where its larger cousin is rare or absent...
5 Fascinating Facts About Plains Zebra

5 Fascinating Facts About Plains Zebra

Plains Zebra is the commonest of Africa’s three zebra species and the one familiar to most safari goers, whether it is migrating in thousands across the Serengeti, grazing the bushveld of the Kruger or crowding the dusty...

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