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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…

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…

Giraffe Facts

Giraffe Facts

Name: Giraffe Latin Name: Giraffe camelopardalis, which means “the fast-walking camel-leopard.” African Names: Twiga (Swahili), Ndwiga (Kikuyu), Furiramudenga (Shona), Thutlwa (Tswana), Indiulamithi (Zulu) Sub-Species: 9 accepted sub-species – Reticulated giraffes (most common, brown spots on white), Nubian giraffes, Nigerian/West African…

Cheetah Facts

Cheetah Facts

Name: Cheetah Latin Name: Acinonyx jubatus African Names: Dume (Swahili), Nkonkoni (Zulu), Didigwe (Shona), Letlôtse (Tswana) Height: Cheetahs average height is 35 inches. Cheetahs are 45 inches to 53 inches long and their tail can measure up to 33 inches…

African Lion Facts

African Lion Facts

Name: African Lion Scientific Name: Panthera Leo African Names: Shumba (Shona), Simba (Swahili), Tau (Tswana), Mbube (Zulu) Height: 4 1/2 to 6 1/2 feet in length not including tail Average Adult Weight: 265 to 420 pounds Life Span: 10 to…

African Elephant Facts

African Elephant Facts

Name: African Elephant Name: African Elephant (includes Forest Elephants and Savannah Elephants) Latin Name: Loxodonta africana African Names: Tembo or Ndovo (Swahili), Ndovu (Kikuyu), Indlovu (Zulu), Olifant (Afrikaans), Indofu (Luhya), Nzou (Shona), Tlôu (Tswana) Height: 8 feet 11 inches Average…