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Sable Antelope


Africa Mammals Guide Information: This is a large and handsome antelope. Sable are characterised by glossy black coats with white under parts and white facial markings. Cows and young are...

Roan Antelope


Africa Mammals Guide Information: Roan Antelope [Hippotragus equines]. The body colour is overall fawn, with the lower parts of the legs dark brown to black. The distinctive black and...

Reedbuck


Africa Mammals Guide Information: Weighs up to 70 Kg and rams have a 950mm shoulder height. Ewes are smaller and only measure 800mm at the shoulders and weigh about 51 Kg...

Nyala


Africa Mammals Guide Information: Nyala [Nyala angasii or Tragelaphus angasii]. The handsome slate-brown shaggy coat is marked with white vertical stripes and spots on the flanks...

Mountain Reedbuck


Africa Mammals Guide Information: The Mountain Reedbuck is a medium-sized, graceful and shy antelope. Rams attain a mass of about 32 Kg and measures 750mm at shoulder. Ewes are smaller...

Kudu


Africa Mammals Guide Information: Kudu or Greater Kudu [Tragelaphus strepsiceros]. Kudu show strong sexual dimorphism in that bulls bear massive, long, spiral horns which reach record...

Giraffe


Africa Mammals Guide Information: The giraffe is the tallest animal in the world, attaining a height of 5.5m, its incredibly long neck accounting for much of its height. The long neck has...

Gemsbok


Africa Mammals Guide Information: Gemsbok or Oryx [Oryx gazelle]. The Gemsbok is one of the characteristic animals of the arid areas of Southern Africa, adapted to living in deserts...

Eland


Africa Mammals Guide Information: Eland [Taurotragus oryx]. Males can grow to a shoulder height of 1, 7 metres and weigh about 900 Kg. In spite of its heavy physique, eland are remarkably...

Serval


Africa Mammals Guide Information: The Serval is a large, leggy and elegant, tawny-yellow wild cat richly marked with large, rather widely-spaced solid black spots which tend to run in the...

Hyaena


Africa Mammals Guide Information: Brown Hyena [Hyaena brunnea]. This creature has pointed ears and striped legs with a dark brown to black shaggy coat, white shoulders and neck...

Jackal


Africa Mammals Guide Information: There are three species of Jackal in Africa: the Common or Golden Jackal (Canis aureus), found in East and North Africa and the Black-Backed (Canis...

Caracal


Africa Mammals Guide Information: Caracal A large, rufous-fawn Cat with tufted black ears, creamy underbelly with faded orange spots, and long legs. The face has exquisite markings...

Bat Eared Fox


Africa Mammals Guide Information: The Bat-eared Fox has a shoulder height of only 30cm, a length of about 75cm and weighs less than 5 kilograms. Its fur is a beautiful silver-grey colour...

Cheetah


Africa Mammals Guide Information: The Cheetah is credited as being the fastest land animal over short distances, and can reach speeds of up to 90 km/h (55.9 m/h) in pursuit of prey...

Rhino


Africa Mammals Guide Information: The two species of Rhino in Africa, Black Rhino and White Rhino, do not differ much in colour. The name White Rhino comes from the Dutch word 'wyd'...

Lion


Africa Mammals Guide Information: A male Lion is 1.2m tall at the shoulders and has a mass of up to and over 200 Kg. Females are slightly smaller and weigh about 130 Kg. Their underparts...

Leopard


Africa Mammals Guide Information: Leopard [Panthera pardus]. Leopards have black spots arranged in rosettes, contrasted on a yellow-golden background. They have single black spots...

Elephant


Africa Mammals Guide Information: The Elephant is the world's largest land mammal, and weighs up to 7 tonnes and reaches heights of 3.3 m at the shoulder. Elephants can live to a...

Duiker


Africa Mammals Guide Information: Red Forest duiker or Natal red duiker [Cephalophus natalensis]. The Red Duiker is smaller than the Common Duiker. Standing, it is 420mm at the shoulders...

Porcupine


Africa Mammals Guide Information: Both the male and female African Porcupines weigh from 18 to 30 kg (about 40 to 60 pounds) and are about two feet long. The African Porcupine is a type...

Bushbuck


Africa Mammals Guide Information: The very sharp horns render the Bushbuck very dangerous when wounded. The Bushbuck is a close relative of the Kudu and the Nyala. The rams are very...

Bushbaby


Africa Mammals Guide Information: The Bushbabies or Galagos of Africa are of the smallest primates on the continent and, although fairly common, are not easily seen due to their nocturnal...

Hippopotamus


Africa Mammals Guide Information: The Hippopotamus a massive, semi-aquatic mammal with a mass of up to 2, 5 tonnes. The Hippopotamus is typically a slate brown colour to muddy brown...

Aardwolf


Africa Mammals Guide Information: The name Aardwolf means 'earth wolf' in Afrikaans and stems from its supposed dog-like features and its dietary habits of eating termites which it digs...
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