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Yellow Mongoose
2007-01-19 19:26:46

The yellow mongoose is a small mammal averaging about 1 lb (1/2 kg) in weight and about 20 in (500 mm) in length. A member of the mongoose family, it lives in open country. It resides from semi-desert scrubland to grasslands in Angola, Botswana, South Africa, Namibia, and Zimbabwe. There are as many as twelve subspecies of yellow mongoose. In general, the yellow mongoose has lighter...

Black-footed Cat
2007-01-19 12:29:45

The black-footed cat (Felis nigripes) is a small wild cat distributed over South Africa, Namibia, and Botswana. Some are distributed into Zimbabwe. The habitat of this cat species is dry semi-desert and savannah. With an average mass of 3.53 lb (1.6 kg) it is one of the smallest living species of cats. Females have an average weight of 2.87 lb (1.3 kg), males 4.19 lb (1.9 kg). The head appears...

Chacma Baboon
2007-01-01 18:34:15

The Chacma Baboon (Papio ursinus) is from the Old World monkey family. It has a body length of up to 45.28 in (115 cm) and a weight from 33.07 to 68.34 lb (15 to 31 kg). It is the largest and heaviest baboon species. It has dark-brown or grey hair with a long snout. Unlike other baboons, the males do not have a mane. Its range is southern Africa and extends south of Angola, Zambia and...

Vervet Monkey
2006-12-28 15:35:33

The Vervet monkey (Chlorocebus pygerythrus), or just simply Vervet, is an African Old World monkey. This species is classified into the family Cercopithecidae. The term can also refer to all of the members of their genus, Chlorocebus. Vervets are commonly found around South Africa, where they are classified as vermin. Sources indicate that these monkeys must go through life in constant...

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...

Saddle-billed Stork
2006-08-26 19:36:09

The Saddle-billed Stork, Ephippiorhynchus senegalensis, also known as the Jabiru Stork, is a large wading bird in the stork family Ciconiidae. It is a widespread species which breeds in sub-Saharan Africa from Sudan, Ethiopia and Kenya south to South Africa as well as the Gambia, Senegal, Côte d'Ivoire and Chad in West Africa. It breeds in marshy wetlands in tropical lowland. The...

Abdims Stork White-bellied Stork
2006-08-26 19:20:58

The Abdim's Stork or White-bellied Stork (Ciconia abdimii) is a large black bird resident to East Africa, from Ethiopia south to South Africa. Although large at up to 32 inches long, it is the smallest of the storks. It has grey legs, red knees and feet, gray bill and white under parts. It has red facial skin in front of the eye and blue skin near the bill in breeding season. Females are...

Cape Vulture
2006-03-01 10:04:48

The Cape Griffon or Cape Vulture (Gyps coprotheres) is an Old World vulture in the family Accipitridae. It is common to southern Africa, and is found mainly in South Africa, Lesotho and Botswana. They nest on cliffs and typically lay one egg per year. The species is listed as "Vulnerable", and the IUCN Conservation Status is (VU A1ade+2de, C1+2b). The major problems it faces are poisoning,...

Amaryllis Amaryllis belladonna
2005-07-13 08:47:59

Amaryllis (a native plant of South Africa) is a monotypic genus of plant containing one species, the Belladonna Lily (Amaryllis belladonna). This bulb plant (each bulb is approximately 5-10 cm in diameter) has several strap-shaped, dull green leaves, 30-50 cm long and 2-3 cm broad, and arranged in two rows. The leaves are produced in the autumn and eventually die down by late spring. The...

Black Rhinoceros
2005-06-14 10:04:26

The black rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis) is a mammal of the Perissodactyla order which lives in the eastern areas of Africa including Kenya, Tanzania, Cameroon, South Africa, Namibia and Zimbabwe. The black rhinoceros is on the endangered species list due to excessive poaching for their horns, which are mostly used in dagger handles as a symbol of wealth in many countries. Contrary to popular...

Word of the Day
barratry
  • The offense of persistently instigating lawsuits, typically groundless ones.
  • An unlawful breach of duty on the part of a ship's master or crew resulting in injury to the ship's owner.
  • Sale or purchase of positions in church or state.
This word ultimately comes from the Old French word 'barater,' to cheat.
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