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Malbrouck
2006-12-28 15:39:01

The Malbrouck (Chlorocebus cynosuros) is an East African arboreal primate belonging to the genus of green monkeys (Chlorocebus). It is one of the most common primates of Africa. Physical characteristics The Malbrouck is a slim, agile primate with long limbs and a long tail. The fur is grayish brown to gray. The breast and belly are white, as well as the cheeks and eyebrows. It has a...

Leopard Tortoise
2006-12-26 16:20:13

The Leopard Tortoise, Geochelone pardalis, is a large, grazing tortoise that favors semi-arid, thorny to grassland habitats in the west of Africa from Sudan to South Africa. On average, they are about 16 to 18 inches long and weigh 40 to 50 pounds, although some reach up to 24 inches and 70 pounds. They generally have a life span of 50 years. It is brown and yellow. This is one of the few...

Crested Porcupine
2006-12-13 16:08:36

The Crested Porcupine, also known as the European Porcupine, African Porcupine, or North African crested porcupine (Hystrix cristata). It is a member of the Old World porcupine family. It is a nocturnal rodent that lives on the ground. It is found from Sicily, Italy, the northern coast of Africa south to Tanzania and northern Congo. It is tolerant of a range of habitats including mountains,...

African Brush-tailed Porcupine
2006-12-13 16:06:04

The African Brush-Tailed Porcupine (Atherurus africanus) is a species of rat-like Old World porcupine called "brush-tailed porcupines". The brush-tailed porcupines live in forests, usually at high elevations. They are nocturnal and during the day they sleep in caves and burrows. The brush-tailed porcupine is one of the biggest rodents in Africa. It grows almost three feet long and weigh as...

Springhare
2006-12-13 15:55:54

The Springhare (Pedetes capensis), or Springhaas, is not actually a hare, but a member of the order Rodentia. It is the only species in its family Pedetidae and in the genus Pedetes. The Springhare resembles a small kangaroo with well-developed hind legs, which allows it to leap over 2.18 yards (2 meters) in a single bound. This animal grows to be around 13.78 to 17.72 in (35 to 45 cm) long...

Ortolan
2006-11-11 17:10:44

The Ortolan, or Ortolan Bunting, Emberiza hortulana, is a bird of the bunting family Emberizidae. This bird is native to most European countries and western Asia and migrates in autumn to tropical Africa. It returns to its summer habitat in late April to early May. It can be found as far north as Scandinavia and beyond the Arctic Circle. The Ortolan is 6.3 inches in length and weighs about...

Ostrich
2006-09-25 15:21:14

The Ostrich, Struthio camelus, is a flightless bird native to Africa. It is the only living species of its family, Struthionidae. Ostriches occur naturally on the savannas and Sahel of Africa, both north and south of the equatorial forest zone. Other members of this group include rheas, emus, cassowaries and the largest bird ever, the now-extinct Aepyornis. Six subspecies are recognized:...

Pygmy Hippopotamus
2006-09-12 10:09:27

The Pygmy Hippopotamus (Choeropsis liberiensis) is a large mammal native to the forests and swamps of western Africa (the species name, meaning "of Liberia", reflects this). It is one of only two extant species in the hippopotamus family. Unlike its larger relative, the Hippopotamus, relatively little is known about the Pygmy Hippo's diet or behavior, although it is clear that the Pygmy Hippo...

African Mourning Dove
2006-09-04 13:21:33

The African Mourning Dove, Streptopelia decipiens, is a pigeon which is a widespread resident breeding bird in Africa south of the Sahara. Despite its name, it is not a close relative of the American Mourning Dove, Zenaida macroura. The African Mourning Dove is a largish, stocky pigeon, up to 12.2 inches in length. Its back, wings and tail are pale brown. The head is gray and the under parts...

African Collared Dove
2006-09-04 13:17:54

The African Collared Dove, Streptopelia roseogrisea, is a small dove found in Africa in the arid region south of the Sahara. Its range extends in a band right across the continent, and into southern Arabia. Although it lives in arid lands, it is found around water sources. This bird is typically around 10.25 inches in length. Its upper body, from shoulders to tail, is a pale grayish brown,...