Africa … aah sweet sweet Africa – the land that is home to many well known famous animals.
African Wildlife forever attracts visitors from all over the world to learn, view and come face-to-face with these incredible animals in their natural habitat.
Africa is almost synonymous with The Big Five Game Animals, being the:
- African Lion
- African Elephant
- Cape Buffalo
- African Leopard, and
These animals originally came to be known as The Big Five by professional hunters of old who would hunt these wild animals in the shortest possible time … for trophies !! Because these animals are the most dangerous to hunt on foot, the “The Big Five” name was born.
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They are charismatic, powerful, social animals who are very family-orientated. Females in the same pride often give birth to cubs around the same time in order to share the responsibilities of suckling and care.
Lionesses rule usually usually alongside a large dominant male who would have won the pride in fierce competition with other males. Female cubs remain with the pride, while young males leave at two to three years of age.
They are extremely social animals who live in herds of up to 100.
Female Elephants rule and is headed up by a matriarch who leads, controls, chooses direction and pace. The herd will rarely stray away from the matriarch. Infact, it is known that most female family bonds can last up to 50 years.
To tell the difference between the males from the females, you will notice that the males are bigger, darker and display huge powerful horns that are joined in the middle.
Male Buffalos only fight for rank and females but not territory as most of their other Big Five counterparts do. When they fight, it has been said that the collision impact of their horns is equal to a car hitting a wall at 60km/h.
Of all African predators, the African Leopard is considered the most successful with its masterful stalking that is silent and ruthless. Their means of attack is surprise. Leopards are nocturnal animals and very elusive, so one would be very lucky to spot one.
Unless the Leopard is mating or with cubs, it roams alone in solitude and is very territorial. Because they don’t hunt in groups, they can’t afford to get injured and therefore try to avoid confrontation with other other animals and leopards.
There is the Black Rhino and the White Rhino, and their names has nothing to do with their colour. The White Rhino has broad lips that were referred to as “wyd” lips by early settlers, this was misinterpreted later as white.
To tell them apart, you will see the White Rhino grazing the grass (down) and the Black Rhino, with its more beak shaped lips grazing from twigs and leaves from trees (up).
The Black Rhino is more dangerous and more elusive and you would be very fortunate to spot one.
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