'Africa Mammals Guide'

A comprehensive guide to mammals and wildlife found in Africa. Information on appearance, behaviour and where they are found.

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FAQ on African Leopard


Africa Mammals Guide Information: The Leopard is a solitary member of the big cats. It is often confused with the Cheetah, but it is easily recognised by its panther-like features
Lion in Tswalu Reserve at dusk

FAQ on African Lion


Africa Mammals Guide Information: Lions are carnivorous mammals that live within a strict hierarchy. Males are the dominant gender and although the females are the hunters, females and
Buffalo with oxpeckers

FAQ on African Buffalo


Africa Mammals Guide Information: Buffalo are considered one of the most dangerous animals in Africa and the animal that hunters are most wary of. Buffalo have a reputation of lying in
Female rhino with calf

African Rhinoceros


Africa Mammals Guide Information: These mammals are easily recognised by their prehistoric features and the horns on their forehead. Rhinos are bold and have been seen to graze right next
Mother and young elephant calf.

FAQ on African Elephant


Africa Mammals Guide Information: The African Elephant (loxodonta africana) is the largest land mammal and males can grow up to 4m tall. Two thirds of the Kruger National Park's Elephant
Baboon troop.

FAQ on African Primates


Africa Mammals Guide Information: The primates of Africa are of the more common inhabitants. They live in trees and mountains and their most feared predator is the leopard. The primates
Young Kudu.

FAQ on African Antelope


Africa Mammals Guide Information: The Antelope (Hippotragus) is an omnivorous mammal that frequents the African bush. They have complex social structures ranging from the solitary
Leopard in tree.

FAQ on Africa Cats


Africa Mammals Guide Information: These carniorous cats (Panthera) are extremely agile mammals and all live within a social hierarchy. Dominant males have breeding rights and the females
Black Backed Jackal.

Black Backed Jackal


Africa Mammals Guide Information: Black backed Jackals are a widely distributed species that are known for their cunning and daring. They are often seen nipping in to steal a morsel from
Springhare

Springhare


Africa Mammals Guide Information: One of the more characteristic animals of the African night the Springhare has confused many people with its kangaroo-like hopping movements
Spotted Hyaena.

Spotted Hyaena


Africa Mammals Guide Information: One of the characteristic predators of the African savannah the Spotted Hyena was long thought to be solely a scavenger but it is no known that it is one
Sable Antelope.

Sable Antelope


Africa Mammals Guide Information: The handsome Sable Antelope is the national animal of Zimbabwe and is one of the most sought after for photographers and trophy hunters alike due to its
Roan Antelope.

Roan Antelope


Africa Mammals Guide Information: The Roan Antelope's spoor is very much similar to the Sable Antelope's. It is bigger, though, and wider.
Honey Badger.

Honey Badger


Africa Mammals Guide Information: One of Africa's most ferocious animals, Honey Badgers have been known to attack Lions and Buffalo when threatened. They will also attack humans when
The common duiker.

Common Duiker


Africa Mammals Guide Information: The Duiker gets its name from the Afrikaans word 'duiker' which means to dive, relating to the animal's habit of ducking away into bushes when danger
Cape Clawless Otter.

Cape Clawless Otter


Africa Mammals Guide Information: The Cape Clawless Otter has 5 toes on the fore- and hind-feet. Those on the hind-feet are webbed for half their length, while webbing on the fore-feet
Bush pig.

Bushpig


Africa Mammals Guide Information: Bushpigs are nocturnal and can be very dangerous, as they use their sharp tusks when threatened. Their numbers have increased in areas where predators
Civet.

African Civet


Africa Mammals Guide Information: Civets are beautifully marked but secretive nocturnal animals with bushy coats with black and white spots and stripes. Civets are good swimmers. They
Zebra confrontation. Graham Hancock

Zebra


Africa Mammals Guide Information: There are two species of Zebra in Southern Africa, the Plains or Burchell’s Zebra and the Mountain Zebra. As the names suggest they occur in vastly
Long tailed forest shrew.

Long-tailed Forest Shrew


Africa Mammals Guide Information: Forest Shrew is a mottled, medium-sized shrew. Colouration is grey-brown to dark grey-brown. Head and body length is about 83 mm, with a relative short
White-Tailed Rat.

White-Tailed Rat


Africa Mammals Guide Information: The White-Tailed Rat is a thickset, mouse-like rodent with soft wooly fur. The body is coated with a buffy-grey coloured fur. Interspersed amongst the
Rock Elephant Shrew.

Eastern Rock Elephant Shrew


Africa Mammals Guide Information: The total body of the Eastern Rock Elephant Shrew measures 260 mm and the tail is longer than the head and body length and it weighs about 60 grams
African Giant Pouched Rat.

African Giant Pouched Rat


Africa Mammals Guide Information: The African Giant Pouched Rat is generally considered to be the Gambian Pouched Rat [Cricetomys gambianu] which has been separated as a species from the

Side-striped Jackal


Africa Mammals Guide Information: The Side Striped Jackal is a nocturnal, dog-like carnivore, with a head and body length of 650-800 mm and tail length of 300-400 mm. Shoulder height 400
Lechwe.

Red Lechwe


Africa Mammals Guide Information: Three subspecies of lechwe occur in southern Africa. The red lechwe, Kobus leche leche, occurs in separate populations in western Zambia, northern
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