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Side-striped Jackal
2007-01-21 19:59:49

The side-striped jackal (Canis adustus) is a member of the family Canidae, native to central and Southern Africa. Description Side-striped jackal is a grayish brown to tan with a white stripe from the front legs to the hips. It has a dark tail that has a white tip. Side-striped jackal can weigh from 14 to 30 lb. Males tend to be larger than the females. Habitat and diet...

Golden Jackal
2007-01-21 19:57:06

Golden jackals (Canis aureus), also called Asiatic or common jackals are small jackals native to northern and central Africa and southern Asia. Golden jackals live 7 to 9 years in the wild, but have been known to live up 16 years in captivity. Appearance Golden jackals have golden reddish-yellow fur with a white mark on the throat. The color can vary with age, region, season, such as in...

Ethiopian Wolf
2007-01-21 19:54:04

The Ethiopian Wolf is also known as the "Abyssinian Wolf", "Red Jackal" or "Fox", "Simen/Simenian/Simian/Simien Fox or Jackal" and "Horse's Jackal" in English. The Ethiopian wolf is one of the most rare and most endangered of all canids. The numerous names reflect previous uncertainty about their taxonomic position, but they are thought to the wolves of the genus Canis rather than the foxes...

Large Spotted Genet
2007-01-21 19:19:51

The large spotted genet (Genetta tigrina), also known as the blotched genet, is a carnivore mammal, related to linsangs and civets. It can be found in Africa from Senegal to Somalia, and south to Namibia and South Africa. It is absent from the continent's southwestern arid zones. Like other genets, it is nocturnal and arboreal. Similar in appearance to the common genet, the large spotted...

Common Genet
2007-01-21 19:15:17

The common genet (Genetta genetta), also known as the small-spotted genet or European Genet, is a carnivore mammal. It is related to civets and linsangs. The most far ranging of all the eleven species of genet, it can be found throughout Africa. It is found in parts of the Middle East, and in Europe in Spain, Portugal, the Balearic Islands, and parts of France. There are also small...

African Palm Civet
2007-01-19 20:43:00

The African Palm Civet (Nandinia binotata), also known as the Two-spotted Palm Civet, is a small mammal. It has short legs, small ears, a body resembling a cat, and a long tail as long as its body. Adults usually weigh 3.75 to 4.63 lb (1.70 to 2.10 kg). They are native to the forests of eastern Africa, where they usually inhabit trees. Their diet is omnivorous. Their diet includes rodents,...

Striped Hyena
2007-01-19 20:32:59

The striped hyena (Hyaena hyaena) is closely related to the brown hyena. It lives in northern Africa, the Middle East, Pakistan and western India. It is extinct in Europe, but can occasionally be spotted in Anatolia, Turkey. Striped hyenas are largely scavengers, but will also eat small animals, fruit and insects. They are nomadic, moving from water hole to water hole, but never straying more...

Brown Hyena
2007-01-19 20:27:56

The brown hyena (Parahyaena brunnea, formerly Hyaena brunnea) lives mainly in the Kalahari and Namib deserts of southern Africa. It is smaller than the spotted hyena, and unlike its spotted cousin, is largely a scavenger. It is the largest land animal to derive most of its diet from scavenging. Because of the scarcity of food in the desert, the brown hyena supplements its diet with fruit and...

Spotted Hyena
2007-01-19 20:15:46

The spotted hyena, or laughing hyena, (Crocuta crocuta) is the largest and best-known member of the hyena family. The spotted hyena ranges in size from 3.1 to 5 ft (95 to 150 cm) long along the head-and-body and stands from 2.5 to 3 ft (75 to 90 cm) at the shoulder. The normal weight range for the male is 100 to 132 lb (45 to 60 kg). The females normally weigh from 121 to 165 lb (55 to 75...

Meerkat
2007-01-19 20:10:28

The meerkat or suricate is a small mammal and a member of the mongoose family. It inhabits all parts of the Kalahari Desert in southern Africa. A group of meerkats is called a "mob" or "gang". Anatomy The meerkat is a small diurnal mongoose whose weight averages approximately 1.61 lb (731 g) for males and 1.58 lb (720 g) for females. Its long and slender body and limbs give it a body...

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obdormition
  • Sleep; the state or condition of being asleep.
  • The state or condition of numbness of a part due to pressure on a nerve: as, the obdormition of a limb.
The word 'obdormition' comes from a Latin word meaning "to fall asleep".
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