Tag Archive | Africa

The Duck With a Goose’s Name

Although these waterfowl resemble geese, the African pygmy goose is actually a duck that lives in the sub-Saharan region of Africa in lakes, lagoons, wetlands and river systems. It eats the seeds of water lilies and other aquatic plants. This duck usually nests in the cavity of trees, but sometimes on the ground where it […]

Weaving for Love!

In the swampy lowlands of Kenya and Tanzania, a female taveta golden weaver intently watches a male weaver intertwine fine grasses and reeds with its claws and beak. The finished product is an intricate oval nest. If she is impressed with his abilities, she will choose him over other males to mate with. These weavers […]

The “Forest Giraffe”

This strange animal looks like it is related to the zebra due to its striped black and white legs, but the okapi is the only living relative of the giraffe. This species lives in one area of the Democratic Republic of Congo in Africa in a dense rain forest with trees, shrubs, ferns and herbaceous […]

The Nimblest Antelope!

The impala is a medium-sized antelope living on the savanna of east and south Africa. These animals are meals for lions, cheetahs, leopards, crocodiles and hyenas, but they often escape the grasp of these predators with their speed and agility. Impala are capable of leaping over 10 feet high for 30 or more feet making […]

Africa’s Most Common Gazelle

Numbering over a half a million individuals, the Thompson’s gazelle is an abundant antelope of dry grasslands in east Africa. This spry small animal is hunted by lions, leopards and cheetahs. Its keen sense of hearing, sight and smell gives this gazelle an advantage in spotting danger. It often escapes predators with shorts sprints of […]