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African Carnivorous Mammals

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…

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…