Tag Archive | African Savanna

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 […]

World’s Largest Antelopes

Two species of eland hold this record; the giant eland is the largest and the common eland is the second largest antelope. (An antelope is an even-toed hoofed animal of Africa and Eurasia where there are about 25 species.)  Eland prefer open forest and savanna habitats where they eat foliage and grasses. This antelope is […]

World’s Largest Mammal Migration

Making a circular migration route of up to 1,000 miles and numbering 1.5 million animals, the wildebeest takes the record for the largest migration on earth. Wildebeests live on African savannas where they feast on wild grasses and other herbaceous plants. After the rainy season ends in May and June, these large African antelope migrate […]

World’s Fastest Land Mammal

  Able to reach speeds up to 70 m.p.h. for short sprints, the cheetah is the world’s swiftness land animal. The cheetah becomes so exhausted after catching prey that it takes this cat a half an hour to catch its breath before it can eat its meal. Though we associate cheetahs with Africa, they once roamed […]

World’s Tallest Land Mammal

Standing up to 18 feet tall and weighing upwards of 3,000 pounds, the giraffe lives on the African savanna where trees flourish. Giraffes browse on acacia trees (those are the umbrella like trees of the African savanna) and mimosa and apricot trees. The giraffe’s heart is huge. It is 2 feet long and weighs 25 […]

World’s Second Largest Land Mammal

Standing at 6 feet tall and weighing upwards of 7,000 lbs., the White Rhinoceros is a large mammal of the African plains. It is a grazer that eats mostly grasses on the savanna. There are about 20,000 white rhinos in existence, but their population is threatened by the trafficking of their horns in Asian markets […]