African Animals Fact File

African Wild Animal Facts

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  1. When lion males take over a pride, they usually kill the cubs. The females come into estrus and the new males sire other cubs.
  2. Monkeys communicate with a songlike call, a warning call and a mating call. Local tradition says they are good weather forecasters because they become silent when bad weather is coming.
  3. The name cheetah comes from an Indian word meaning “spotted one.”
  4. Romans called Gravy’s zebras ‘hippotigris’ and trained them to pull two-wheeled carts for exhibition in circuses.
  5. Lions: nearly one-half the size of adult males, females lack the male’s ruff (long hairs around the neck), but otherwise they are similar in appearance.
  6. Baboons use over 30 vocalizations ranging from grunts to barks to screams. Non vocal gestures include yawns, lip smacking and shoulder shrugging.
  7. When lion males take over a pride, they usually kill the cubs. The females come into estrus and the new males sire other cubs.
  8. Despite its long neck, the giraffe has only seven vertebrae, exactly the same number as man and most other mammals.
  9. At first glance zebras in a herd might all look alike, but their stripe patterns are as distinctive as fingerprints are in man. Scientists can identify individual zebras by comparing patterns, stripe widths, color and scars.
  10. Most lions drink water daily if available, but can go four or five days without it. Lions in arid areas seem to obtain needed moisture from the stomach contents of their prey.
  11. The African buffalo differs from the domesticated water buffalo found in other parts of the world, although they both superficially resemble one another.
  12. The buffalo is one of the most abundant of Africa’s large herbivores. It depends on water and does not live in regions with less than 10 inches of rain a year.
  13. The young cheetah cub has a long gray-blue coat and a black underbelly that rapidly lightens and becomes spotted.

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