Amazing Facts About African Animals

African animals have numerous animal records

The fastest land mammal on the planet

Cheetah facts reveal that this is the fastest animal on earth, but you know that already. Interestingly, speed is only a part of the cheetahs' hunting skills.

cheetah catches prey

The ability to change direction very quickly is just as important because if the cat misses his nimble-footed prey a few times its body overheats, and it is forced to admit defeat.

The largest land mammal with longest teeth and nose and largest ears

An interesting African elephant fact is that they have dust baths. 

African elephant size and weight

Why? In the wild dust and mud equals sunscreen. It also removes parasites, and even alleviates stinging insects' bites.

In Africa, we also have the next biggest land mammal

Hippo facts indicate that these adorable brutes sweat an oily red liquid that acts as a sunblock.

What color is a hippopotamus?

They spend most of their time in the water but they can't actually swim.

Hungry Hippos have an enormous appetite consuming 35 kilograms each night but they can also survive without food for three weeks.

We have the tallest land mammal, with the longest tail and neck

There are a number of interesting Giraffe facts like the reason why they have black tongues.

How big is a giraffe?

It needs to manage blood pressure when it lowers its head to drink, in a very special way. It also has the biggest heart of any land mammal.

More African animal records

In Africa, we have the largest primate, the largest antelope, fastest fish, largest fish, fastest bird on land, fastest flying bird, the bird that can dive the deepest.

Have you ever wondered how predators plan their menus and what unique hunting technique every species specialize in?

Predator hunting techniques

A successful African cat predator is likely to have exceptional vision and hearing, a body that is long and slim, and a coat that is designed to camouflage and conceal.

The strategies employed in hunting techniques fall into two main groups: either the long chase or hunting by stealth.  

Is the African lion male a lazy and useless hunter?

In many prides, African lion males do not hunt. The reason for this is that their manes and large size make them more conspicuous and less successful in the hunts than lionesses.

What do lions eat?

We also look at facts about lion cubs, how they are raised by female lions in the wild, whether the fathers are involved in this process and how they are trained to be hunters themselves.


The leopard will stalk a target over distances of a few hundred meters, or wait in ambush if the target moves towards it.

Where do leopards live?

Herbivores only eat things that need sunlight and photosynthesis to live. They have physical features that help them eat tough-to-digest plant matter. 

Interesting facts about African buffalo

African buffaloes are known to kill more hunters in Africa than any other wildlife animal. Many stories are told about how they ambush hunters that have wounded them during hunting expeditions.

Please take some time to browse through the pages of African Wildlife trivia and facts we have put together for your delight.

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