African Animals Facts, Spoor & Habits

Wild African animals with Picture Slide Shows, Facts, Behaviour and Track ( spoor) identification

The continent of Africa is host to the most diverse and extensive wildlife show on earth with an amazing variety of animals

Buffalo (syncerus caffer)


member of that prestigious club – the Big 5, a big and bold bovine./ The old bulls are nicknamed “the dagga boys” and are one of the most dangerous animals when wounded.

Cheetah (acinonyx jubatus)


the “greyhound” of cats, accelerating from 0 – 70 kmp/h in two seonds, purrs like a domestic cat. The “tear” streak is thought to shield against the suns glare.

Eland (taurotragus oryx)


of mystical importance to the San as depicted in rock paintings, eland can be domesticated and milked but not farmed due to their tendency to leap fences..

Oryx gazella


oryx or unicorn? With a coat of many colours, these handsome antelope are the perfect desert adapted animal, able to withstand high temperatures and sourcing moisture from tubers and bulbs.

Giraffe camelopardalis


the “cranes” of Africa – tall, graceful and stately, standing at 5.5 metres; their seemingly quiet nature belies the fact that they can kill a lion with a good kick. Giraffes live for approx. 25 years in the wild.

Hippopotamus amphibius


from the Greek word “hippos” meaning horse, these animals were once called river horse or sea cows. Aggressive with noisy displays of grants, bellows and the characteristic yawns.

Kudu (tragelaphus strepsiceros)


a large majestic antelope who can clear a 3 metre fence from a standing position. The beautiful spiral horns can be used as a wind instrument e.g. the Jewish shofar.

Hyena (crocuta crocuta)


no laughing matter – are they cts or dogs, male o female? Excellent hunters with success rates of 75%, there are many myths and false ideas about Africa’s giggling cat.