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Giant Eland
2007-07-16 16:42:55

The Giant Eland (Taurotragus derbianus), also known as the Derby Eland, is an open forest savannah antelope. It is commonly found in Central African Republic, Sudan, Cameroon and Senegal. There are two subspecies of this Eland. T. d. derbianus, is found in Senegal's Niokolo-Koba National Park, and is endangered. T. d. gigas, can be found in Central Africa and is considered low risk. Giant...

Common Eland
2007-07-16 16:41:01

The Common Eland (Taurotragus oryx), also known as the Southern Eland, is a savannah and plains antelope found in East and Southern Africa. Common Eland live on the savannah and eat grass, branches and leaves. They are diurnal but tend towards inactivity during the heat of the day. Herds are usually between thirty and eighty individuals but are known to reach upwards of four hundred. The Common...

Lesser Kudu
2007-07-16 16:39:36

The Lesser Kudu (Tragelaphus imberbis), is a forest antelops found in East Africa and possibly the southern Arabian Peninsula. Lesser Kudu live in dry thorn bush and forest and eat mainly leaves. Lesser Kudu are nocturnal. They live in groups of two to five ranging up to twenty-four on rare occasions these have about equal numbers of males and females. Lesser Kudu stand about a 40 at the...

Bushbuck
2007-07-16 16:34:34

The Bushbuck (Tragelaphus scriptus), is an antelope that is found throughout Sub-Saharan Africa. Bushbucks are found in all types of bush, from open forest to dense woodland. All bushbucks live within a "home" area and will not normally leave this area, which is usually around 30 sq. miles on the savannah and much larger in the forest. These areas usually overlap other bushbuck home areas....

Nyala
2007-07-16 16:30:53

The Nyala (Tragelaphus angasii), is an antelope that is found in South Africa. Nyalas live alone or in small groups in forests. The male stands up to 3.5 feet, the female is up to 3 feet tall. The male has loosely spiraled horns and a long fringe on throat and under parts, the female has no horns and no noticeable fringe. The male is dark brown, white on the face and neck, and vertical white...

Cape Fur Seal
2007-02-13 23:33:00

The Cape fur seal (also known as the South African Fur Seal) and the Australian fur seal are two subspecies of the Arctocephalus pusillus species of fur seal. The Cape fur seal (A. p. pusillus) is found along the coast of Namibia and along the west coast of South Africa. The Australian fur seal (A. p. doriferus) breeds on nine islands in the Bass Strait between Tasmania and Victoria. The...

Bat-eared Fox
2007-01-22 14:38:59

The bat-eared fox is a canid of the African savanna. It is named after its huge ears. Bat-eared foxes have tawny fur, their ears, legs and parts of the face are black. They are 21.65 in (55 cm) long (head and body). Their ears are 5.12 in (13 cm) long. It is the only species in the genus Otocyon. The teeth of the bat-eared fox are much smaller than teeth of other canid species. This is an...

Cape Fox
2007-01-22 13:52:41

The Cape Fox (Vulpes chama), also called cama fox or silver-backed fox is a small fox. It has black or silver gray fur with flanks and underside in light yellow. The tip of its tail is always black. Cape Foxes tend to be 17.72 to 24.02 in (45 to 61 cm) long, not including an 11.81 to 15.75 in (30 to 40 cm) tail. They are 11.02 to 12.99 in (28 to 33 cm) tall at the shoulder, and usually...

African Wild Dog
2007-01-21 20:21:17

The African Wild Dog, Lycaon pictus, also known as the African Hunting Dog Cape Hunting Dog, or Painted Hunting Dog, is a mammal of the Canidae family. It is related to the domestic dog. It is the only species in the canid family to lack dewclaws on the forelimbs. They are, as their name indicates, found only in Africa. They are found especially in scrub savanna and other lightly wooded...

Black-backed Jackal
2007-01-21 20:07:57

Appearance The black-backed jackal (Canis mesomelas) is an African canine with a fox-like appearance. It has tan fur, and a thick stripe of black and silver running down its back. They weigh anywhere from 15 to 30 pounds and are 5.91 to 11.81 in (15 to 30 cm) at the shoulder. Males are usually larger than females. Behavior Black-backed Jackals usually live together in pairs that last...

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