5 Fascinating Facts About the Incredible Warthog

5 Fascinating Facts About the Incredible Warthog

The common Warthog is a popular porker! It was catapulted into celebrity by the unforgettable Warthog named Pumba in Disney’s Lion King. It’s unmistakable, with its incongruous combination of delicate hindquarters and huge head...
5 Fascinating Facts About the Black-Backed Jackal

5 Fascinating Facts About the Black-Backed Jackal

Jackals have never really made the safari A list. Derided in Kipling’s Jungle Book as ‘dish-lickers’, they seldom get the attention they deserve on a Big Five safari. Yet in many areas, these are the most abundant of the mammalian carnivores and the closer you look, the more compelling they become...
5 Fascinating Facts About the Leopard (Panthera Pardus)

5 Fascinating Facts About the Leopard (Panthera Pardus)

The leopard (after the lion) is the second largest of Africa’s big cats. Of all the celebrated ‘Big Five’ it has perhaps the greatest allure, due to its enigmatic combination of grace, power and elusiveness...
5 Fascinating Facts About the Giraffe

5 Fascinating Facts About the Giraffe

This towering tree-muncher occurs across subSaharan Africa in nine different subspecies. These are distinguished from one another by their different patterns of blotches, but all share the extraordinarily long neck – of course –and many other peculiarities besides.
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 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...

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