What Are Some Cool Facts About Animals in Africa?


Most people visit Africa to see the "big five," which refers to five of the continent's greatest wild animals and includes the lion, elephant, leopard, buffalo and rhino. No other continent offers an opportunity to see such a wide spectrum of animals in very close proximity than Africa.

Four of the five fastest land animals live in Africa. These are the cheetah, lion, wildebeest and Thomson's gazelle.The African lion has the longest larynx. It produces the loudest roar of all the big cats. It also rests for twenty hours a day on average.

The African elephant is the largest living land mammal in the whole world. It can weigh up to 7 tons and drink up to 160 liters of water per day. Elephants live in groups of up to 100 members. They are very social and communicate using low grumbles that cover up to 6 miles.

Antelopes are the most abundant animals in Africa. They cover the entire continent in small clusters or big herds. The antelope family includes the impala, wildebeest and gazelle. Antelopes resemble deer, but they have permanent horns on their heads instead of antlers. The hippo is one of Africa's most deadly animals. The male hippo actively protects its territory and will try to kill any human it finds on the river bank or beach.