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Common Tsessebe Damaliscus lunatus
2012-09-07 14:27:17

The common tsessebe (Damaliscus lunatus), also known as the sassaby, is most closely related to the bontebok and the topi, which share its genus. The common tsessebe is classified within the subfamily Alcelaphinae, which holds five species, and these are placed within the Bovidae family. It is most commonly found in South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, and Zimbabwe, although it once had a...

Pygmy Hippopotamus Choeropsis liberiensis or Hexaprotodon
2012-09-05 10:16:33

The pygmy hippopotamus (Choeropsis liberiensis or Hexaprotodon liberiensis), also known as the pygmy hippo, is native to western areas of Africa. Its range includes Liberia, with smaller populations occurring in Ivory Coast, Sierra Leone, and Guinea. It prefers a habitat in swamps and forests, where a body of water is available to keep its skin moisturized. It is a semi-aquatic creature, and...

Black Duiker Cephalophus niger
2012-09-03 07:34:36

The black duiker (Cephalophus niger) is a species of antelope that can be found in southern areas of Sierra Leone, Ghana, Nigeria, Benin, Côte d'Ivoire, and Liberia. It is known as tuba in the Dyula language. It prefers to love in forests and is thought to be diurnal, although this information comes from captive individuals. As its name suggests, the black duiker has black fur, although its...

Peters Duiker Cephalophus callipygus
2012-09-03 07:31:00

Peter’s duiker (Cephalophus callipygus) is a species of antelope that can be found in southern Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, and northern areas of the Republic of Congo. It prefers a habitat in dense, undisturbed primary forests or rainforests, but it will inhabit forests that have been logged if there is enough cover. It can reach an average height of twenty inches at the shoulder,...

Greater Dwarf Lemur Cheirogaleus major
2012-09-03 07:04:56

The greater dwarf lemur (Cheirogaleus major), also known as Geoffroy's dwarf lemur, is native only to the island of Madagascar. This species can be found in northern and eastern regions of the island, preferring a habitat within primary and secondary forests, or arid scrub areas. It is a nocturnal species that rests and sleeps in nests made of twigs, leaves, and grasses or in trees with hollow...

Goitered Gazelle Gazella subgutturosa
2012-07-31 09:42:59

The goitered gazelle (Gazella subgutturosa), also known as the Persian gazelle or the black-tailed gazelle, is native to a large area of central Asia known as Azerbaijan. Its range includes areas of Pakistan, Iran, Turkey, and the Gobi Desert. Its common name means “full below the throat, which refers to the gazelle’s throat when it expands during mating season. It hold four subspecies,...

Zebra Duiker Cephalophus zebra
2012-06-28 20:53:55

The zebra duiker (Cephalophus zebra) can be found in Liberia, Guinea, Ivory Coast, and Sierra Leone. It prefers a habitat within primary rainforests. It is estimated that there are 28,000 individuals of this species in the wild today. The zebra duiker is listed on the IUCN Red List with a conservation status of “Vulnerable”. The zebra duiker can reach an average weight of 44 pounds and a...

Angolan Genet Genetta angolensis
2012-06-14 21:21:24

The Angolan genet (Genetta angolensis) is one of fourteen species of genet, carnivores that are related to linsangs and civets. It is native to Angola, occurring in a range that includes Angola, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Malawi, among other regions. The Angolan genet has a conservation status of “Least Concern” on the IUCN Red List. The Angolan genet is dark reddish grey...

Grevys Zebra Equus grevyi
2012-05-28 16:09:29

Grevy’s Zebra (Equus grevyi) is the largest wild equid in existence today. It is also known as the imperial zebra. It is the most endangered of all species of zebra. Named after Jules Grevy, this zebra can be found in Ethiopia, but mainly in Kenya. At one time, Grevy’s zebra roamed Eritrea, Somalia, Kenya, and Ethiopia, but its populations have dwindled and now reside in small areas in...

Oribi Ourebia ourebi
2012-05-18 07:33:47

The oribi (Ourebia ourebi), known as Oorbietjie in Afrikaans, is a small antelope that can be found throughout most grassland areas of Sub-Saharan Africa. Its range includes Senegal to central and west Ethiopia and southern Somalia, and from Eastern Kenya into north Botswana, Angola, and Uganda. Its range is patchy in the areas of Zimbabwe, Mozambique, and central and eastern South Africa....

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  • The call or cry of a bird or other animal to its mate or its young.
'Call-note' is newer than 'bird-call,' which originally referred to 'an instrument for imitating the note of birds' but now also refers to 'the song or cry of a bird.'
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