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Elephant Memories By Cynthia Moss

Elephant Memories By Cynthia Moss

Cynthia Moss spent thirteen years in Amboseli National Reserve studying the elephants there. The book Elephant Memories is the culmination of her work. Cynthia writes about the elephants as if they were her friends or her family. She is obviously…

Somali Wild Ass Facts

Somali Wild Ass Facts

Name: Somali Wild Ass Scientific Name: Equus africanus somaliensis Height: About four feet at the shoulder. Average Adult Weight: 600 pounds Life Span: 20 Years Description: The Somali Wild Ass is gray with a white belly. The lower half of…

Meerkat Facts

Meerkat Facts

Name: Meerkat Scientific Name: Suricata suricatta African Names: Meerkat is Afrikaans/Dutch for “Marsh Cat” or “Lake Cat”. Suricate is Swahili for “Rock Cat”. Length: 10 to 14 inches, tail length is 7 to 10 inches Average Adult Weight: 1 1/2…

Giant Tortoises of Africa

Giant Tortoises of Africa

Name: Giant Tortoise (Reunion Giant Tortoise, Saddle-backed Mauritius Giant Tortoise, Domed Rodrigues Giant Tortoise, Domed Mauritius Giant Tortoise, Saddle-backed Rodrigues Giant Tortoise, Seychelles giant tortoise, Arnold’s Giant Tortoise, Aldabra Giant Tortoise) Scientific Name: Cylindraspis indica, Cylindraspis inepta, Cylindraspis peltastes, Cylindraspis…

Dama Gazelle Facts

Dama Gazelle Facts

Name: Dama Gazelle (Nanger dama, Addra Gazelle, Ariel, Damagazelle, Mhorr Gazelle, Nanger, Red-necked Gazelle, Ril) Scientific Name: Gazella Dama Height: 42 inches (108 cm) Average Adult Weight: Up to 190 pounds (85 kg) Life Span: 12 years in the wild,…

Black Duiker Facts

Black Duiker Facts

Name: Black Duiker (pronounced DIKE-er) Scientific Name: Cephalophus niger African Names: Tuba (Dioula) Height: 19 inches tall and 31 inches long Average Adult Weight: 44 pounds Life Span: 11 years Description: The black duiker is a small antelope with a…

Warthog Facts

Warthog Facts

Name: Warthog, African Lens-Pig Scientific Name: Phacochoerus africanus African Names: Ngiri (Swahili), Indlovudawana (Zulu), Intibane (Zulu), Njiri (Shona), Kolobê Yanaga (Tswana) Height: Up to 30 inches at the shoulder Average Adult Weight: 120 to 150 pounds Life Span: Up to…

Saddle-Billed Stork Facts

Saddle-Billed Stork Facts

Name: Saddle-Billed Stork (or Saddlebill) Scientific Name: Ephippiorhynchus senegalensis African Names:Saalbekooievaar (Afrikaans), Kandjendje (Kwangali), Korongo Domo-ngazi (Swahili), Ngwamhlanga (Tsonga) Height: Saddle-billed storks are the largest of the African storks. The saddle-billed stork is between 5 and 6 feet tall. Their…

Nile Crocodile Facts

Nile Crocodile Facts

Name: Nile Crocodile Scientific Name: Crocodylus niloticus African Names: Mamba (Swahili), Garwe (Shona), Ngwenya (Ndebele), Olom (Nubian dialect) Length: The average length is roughly 16 feet but can be up to 20 feet long. Average Adult Weight: Nile Crocodiles generally…

Marabou Stork Facts

Marabou Stork Facts

Scientific Name: Leptoptilos Crumeniferus African Names: Maraboe (Africaans), Nyumbu (Kwangali), Mmakaitšimeletša (Sotho), Svorenyama (Shona), Korongo Mfuko-shingo (Swahili), Ghumba (Tsonga) Height: 4 to 5 feet (1.15 to 1.5 m). The wing span is close to 9 feet (3 m). Average Adult…