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Yellow Baboon
2007-01-01 16:39:37

The yellow baboon (Papio cynocephalus) is a baboon from the Old World monkey family. It has a slim body with long arms and legs and a yellowish-brown hair. It resembles the chacma baboon but is smaller. Its muzzle is not as elongated. The hairless face is black, framed with white sideburns. Males can grow to about 33.07 in (84 cm), females to about 23.62 in (60 cm). It has a long tail that...

De Brazzas Monkey
2007-01-01 13:18:11

De Brazza's monkey (Cercopithecus neglectus) is an Old World monkey. It gets its name from French explorer Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza. Locally known as swamp monkeys, they are often found in wetlands in central Africa. It is very hard to find due to its good hiding abilities, and so there is not an accurate species count. This guenon has grey agouti fur. It has a reddish brown back. It...

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...

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kenspeckle
  • Having so marked an appearance as easily to be recognized.
This word may come from the Swedish 'kanspak,' quick at recognizing persons or things, or else from confusion with 'conspicuous.'