Tag Archive | Nature Photography

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 […]

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 […]

Our Closest Living Relative!

Sharing 98% of our DNA, the chimpanzee is a great ape that lives in the dense tropical forests of Africa. Apes are different from monkeys in that they lack the tails that monkeys have, walk upright at times, are bigger and have a larger, more developed brain. Chimpanzees weigh 70 – 130 lbs. when full […]