White-bearded Wildebeest

The wildebeest is known for its annual migration across the plains of Africa in search of greener pastures. Up to 1.5 million of these large antelopes travel over 1,800 miles every year. Hundreds of thousands of wildebeest fall prey along the way to lions, hyenas and other predators that follow the herds.

Thomson’s Gazelle

One of the gazelles commonly seen on the savannahs of Eastern Africa, the Thomson’s gazelle lives in small herds. Males sport foot-long horns while females have much shorter spikes, if at all. Tails flicking wildly and heads butting down low, male Thomson’s gazelles put on a show. Back and forth, they dance like boxers in a ring, pushing head to head, horns to horns, until one of them backs down. Why all this fighting? It’s all part of the mating…


Slight antelopes known for their graceful running and agile leaping, impalas can leap more than 30 feet across and 10 feet high. Males have long spiral-shaped horns that are used to protect their females and guard their territory. Impalas graze in large herds and bark loudly to alert each other when predators are near.

Lesser Kudu

A large, striped antelope, the lesser kudu is always on the lookout for predators like lions and painted dogs. Listening with its large ears, the kudu barks and flees with its tail up if it detects danger. Adult males, called bulls, generally live a solitary life, whereas females live in small groups.

Horned Males
Males have incredible spiraled horns. When they fight, they lock horns and have a shoving match.


Warthogs are very vocal wild pigs that live in family groups called sounders. They communicate with each other through grunts, squeals, growls and squeaks. Males are easily recognized with two pairs of tusks protruding from their snouts.  These tusks are rarely used, however, as warthogs are not territorial and only fight over females for a very short time during breeding season.

Mini-Juliana Pig

The mini-Juliana pig is a small, colorful domestic breed that originated in Europe. The fur is always spotted but the base color can range from brown to red to silver. Mini-Juliana pigs have outgoing and friendly personalities.

Visayan Warty Pig

A small forest-dwelling pig, the Visayan warty pig lives in a social group consisting of a single male (boar), several adult females (sows) and their young. Males tend to be much larger than females. The warts, or fleshy bumps, on a boar’s face are thought to protect it from sustaining a serious injury from a rival male’s tusk.

Yellow-backed Duiker

Living in thick forest, these small antelopes rely on scents to communicate. Duikers rub scent glands under their eyes on branches to mark their territory, on mates during courtship, and on young to familiarize them with the scent. Males will rub the glands on each other aggressively in competition.


The takin belongs to a group of large, hoofed mammals called the goat antelopes, which share characteristics with both goats and antelopes. Living high up in the mountains, the takin wears a thick coat of dark, shaggy fur to keep warm in winter, similar to its more well-known relative, the musk ox.

Red River Hog

Living in social groups called sounders, red river hogs barrel their way through the forest in search of food. Using their strong snouts and sharp tusks to bulldoze through the leaf litter and soil, they dig up a dinner of roots, bulbs, other plants and small animals.