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Zebu
2007-12-21 10:51:40

The Zebu (Bos primigenius indicus), also known as "˜humped cattle' or "˜indicus cattle', is native to Asia. They have been imported elsewhere such as Africa and Brazil for breeding purposes. There are around 75 known breeds of zebu spread throughout Asia and Africa. Zebus are thought to be derived from the Asian subspecies of aurochs. Zebus have humps on their shoulders, large dewlaps...

Bokmakierie
2007-10-24 16:32:18

The Bokmakierie (Telophorus zeylonus), is a bushshrike and a passerine bird closely related to the true shrikes in the family Laniidae. This species is endemic to southern Africa, mainly in South Africa and Namibia, with an isolated population in the mountains of eastern Zimbabwe and western Mozambique. It is a species of open habitats, including karoo scrub, fynbos and parks and gardens in...

Blue-naped Mousebird
2007-10-24 13:32:16

The Blue-naped Mousebird (Urocolius macrourus), is a bird found in the drier regions of eastern Africa. It is sometimes called the "Blue-naped Coly". The Blue-naped Mousebird is about 13-14 inches in length. It has a crested head, turquoise-blue nape patch and black-and-red bill, and slender tail. The young lack the blue on the nape, and have pink facial skin and greenish bills.

Small Buttonquail
2007-10-24 12:54:07

The Small Buttonquail (Turnix sylvatica), also known as the Andalusian Hemipode is a buttonquail and one of a small family of birds which resemble, but are unrelated to, true quails. The species is resident from Southern Spain and Africa through India and tropical Asia to Indonesia. It avoids thick forest and hilly country. It lives preferably in cornfields and stretches of grassy plain as well...

Ground Pangolin
2007-10-23 16:39:46

The Ground Pangolin (Manis temminckii), also known as Temminck's Pangolin or the Cape Pangolin, is one of four species of pangolin which can be found in Africa. They are the only one found in southern and eastern Africa. Although it is present over quite a large area, it is rare throughout it and notoriously difficult to spot. Its scarcity is partly because it is hunted by humans for its...

Eastern Fork-marked Lemur
2007-10-22 16:02:08

The Eastern Fork-marked Lemur (Phaner furcifer), is found in the coastal forests of northern and western Madagascar. Its diet consists mainly of the gum of trees in temperate deciduous forests. It has become specialized for harvesting this substance. It has a dental comb-like filling that is used to scrape the gum that oozes out of holes in the tree's surface. The structure consists of a row of...

Gundis
2007-08-23 05:13:44

Gundis (family: Ctenodactylidae) are a group of small, stocky rodents found in Africa. Gundis were first noticed by western naturalists in 1774 and were given the name "˜Gundi mice'. According to DNA research, the Gundi is considered a descendant of the Laotian Rock Rat. There are 4 subspecies of Gundi recognized. They are: Val's Gundi (Ctenodactylus vali) Felou Gundi (Felovia vae)...

Aquatic Genet
2007-08-14 13:44:36

The Aquatic Genet (Genetta piscivora), is a carnivorous mammal from northeastern Zaire. They are related to civets and linsangs. Like most members of its family, it is a secretive and rarely seen species, and little is known about its behavior in the wild. Unlike other genets which have handsomely spotted coats and ringed tails, the Aquatic Genet has a plain, rusty-colored coat, and a black...

Kirks Dik-dik
2007-08-14 13:27:21

The Kirk's Dik-dik (Madoqua kirkii), is a small antelope found in eastern and southwestern Africa. It grows to 28 inches in length and weighs up to 15 pounds when full grown. It has a reddish-brown head and a tail that is 14-22 inches long. It has a soft, grizzled gray to brown coat. It has hooves with rubbery bottoms, which are effective when traveling over rocky terrain. Newborns are hidden...

Yellow-backed Duiker
2007-07-16 16:47:42

The Yellow-backed Duiker (Cephalophus silvicultor), is an antelope found in central and western Africa. Yellow-backed Duikers grow to 4.8 feet in length and 30 inches high at the shoulder. They weigh around 130 pounds. Their coat is dark brown to black, with a yellow stripe above their hindquarters. They live in dense and open rainforest, where they eat seeds, fruits, grasses, fungi, and...

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