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Grey Crowned Crane

Balearica regulorum

The golden crown of feathers atop the Grey crowned crane’s head is not the only thing that distinguishes it from other cranes.

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Pink-backed Pelican

Pelecanus rufescens

The large skin pouch that hangs from the pelican’s bill sweeps up more than a gallon of water, along with a fish or two, at a time.

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two ostrich hanging out


Struthio camelus

It can deliver a powerful kick, if a predator gets too close.

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meerkat on dirt


Suricata suricatta

While the rest of the mob scurries about rustling up grub, they take turns standing tall on a rock, termite mound or tree, looking out for danger.

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Masai Giraffe

Giraffa camelopardalis tippelskirchi

The giraffe’s six foot long neck contains just seven bones, the same number as other mammals, including you.

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lesser kudu in the grass

Lesser Kudu

Tragelaphus imberbis

Adult males, called bulls, generally live a solitary life, whereas females live in small groups.

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Lappet-faced Vulture

Torgos tracheliotos

With a wingspan up to nine feet wide, the lappet-faced vulture is the largest vulture in Africa.

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3 guineafowl in grass

Crested Guineafowl

Guttera pucherani

Crested guineafowl stick close together in flocks for safety.

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Acinonyx jubatus

The cheetah plays an important role as a predator on the African savannah.

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African Painted Dog

Lycaon pictus

For African painted dogs, also known as wild dogs, cooperation is the name of the game and survival is the aim.

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John the lion laying on a rock.

African Lion

Panthera leo

Unlike other cats, lions live in social groups called prides that consist of a handful of related females and their young and a coalition of two to three males.

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Saddle-billed Stork

Ephippiorhynchus senegalensis

They quickly strike to grasp or impale fish with its sharp bill

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Rüppell’s Griffon Vulture

Gyps rueppellii

Rüppell's griffon vulture is considered to be the highest-flying bird, with confirmed evidence of a flight at an altitude of 11,300 m (37,000 ft) above sea level.

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two hippos sitting together


Hippopotamus amphibius

Hippos can open their mouths about three times wider than people can.

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