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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…

Eastern Yellow-Billed Hornbill Facts

Eastern Yellow-Billed Hornbill Facts

Name: Eastern Yellow-Billed Hornbill also known as Yellow-Billed Hornbill Scientific Name: Tockus flavirostris African Names: Buurtuu (Hausa), Ndege (Kiswahili), Mbizi(Kiswahili), Kwembe (Kiswahili), Kholwane (Zulu) Length: 18 inches to 24 inches Average Adult Weight: 6 to 10 ounces Life Span: The…

Dung Beetle Facts

Dung Beetle Facts

Name: Dung Beetle (also called tumblebug) Latin Name: Phanaeus vindex MacLachlan; Onthophagus gazella Fabricius Length: 3 to 50 millimeters long Life Span: Up to 3 years. Description: Some dung beetles are metallic blue and green and also copper in color…

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…