WILD ANIMALS

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Non-domestic animals (and other life) classify as wildlife and South Africa is rich in its wildlife. Examples of Wild Animals include:

African Buffalo or Cape Buffalo
Syncerus caffer – African/Cape Buffalo

Diets are herbivorous.
Horns are used for sparring for dominence and self-protection.
Sizes are roughtly 550 – 950kg and 2,5 – 3m long with smaller females.

Elephant

African Elephants
Loxodonta Africana – African Bush Elephant
Loxodonta cyclotis – African Forest Elephant
Loxodonta adaurora – extinct.

Diet is herbivorous.
Ears serve additionally for cooling purposes and to show aggression when necessary – both by flapping.
Sizes are roughly 3.65 m and 5500kg (male); 3m and 4000kg (female).
Skin is tough and about 2,5cm thick, except in the ear and mouth where it’s very thin. Colors range from grey to brownish.
Trunks come with 2 projections at the tip to aid with food sourcing and other tasks. Trunks help elephants find food, drink/spray water and smell.
Tusks can each be 2m long (or longer) and are used for food sourcing (digging for roots and getting bark of trees) and self-protection or fighting.

Giraffe

South African Giraffes
Giraffa camelopardalis – Giraffe

Diet is herbivorous
Horns on both sexes.
The female horn have hairs on top of the horns and male horns are bold.
Sizes are roughly 5 – 5,5m tall and 1500 – 1700kg with smaller females.

South African Hippopotamus
Hippopotamus amphibius – Hippopotamos

Diet is herbivorous
Sizes are roughly 3 – 3,5m long and 1550 – 1750kg with smaller females.
Skin is thick and tough, smooth and also secretes a red/brown sunscreen naturally.
Speed of running can be 30 – 50km/h.

Lion

South African Lions
Panthera leo – lion

Canine teeth can reach almost 10cm in length.
Coat colours range from yellowish to brown and light tan. The male mane can be lighter or dark enough to classify as black.
Diets are carnivorous.
Sizes are roughly 150 - 250kg and 1,65m – 2,5m (male); 120 – 180kg and 1,35 – 1,7m (female).

African Rhinoceros
Ceratotherium simum – White Rhinoceros
Diceros bicornis – Black Rhinoceros

Diet is herbivorous
Skin is rough and thick, yellowish to dark grey in colour.

White Rhino

White Rhino

Front horn, made of keratin is larger and measure 90cm – 1,5m
Sizes are roughly 3000 – 4000kg and 3,5 – 4m long.

Black Rhino
Front horn, made of keratin, is larger and measure 50cm – 1,3m.
Sizes are roughly 1800kg and 3,5m long.

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