Photo Diary: Wildlife Animals of Africa

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The Meerkat also known as the Yellow Mongoose  and the Suricate is a very popular wild animal in South Africa. You can see these creatures standing only on their rear legs with a curious look on their faces. Their body has a shine and you can see some red and brown spots on the back. They weight not more then 1 kilogram.

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These African leopards are very active at sunset and sunrise. During this time they kill most of their prey. In Kruger National Park, male leopards and female leopards with cubs are relatively more active at night than single females.

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Sifakas are from the Lemur family. They are called so because of “shi-fak” or their alarm call. This species is found only on the island of Madagascar. Sifakas are not carnivores. All they eat are plants, fruits and herbs.

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Spotted hyenas are likely to kill as many as 95% of the animals they eat, however, striped hyenas are largely scavengers. Hyenas are used for food and medicinal purposes in Somalia, although it is considered haraam in Islam. This practice dates back to the times of the Ancient Greeks and Romans, who believed that different parts of the hyena’s body were effective means to ward off evil and to ensure love and fertility.

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Giraffes are found in arid and dry savanna zones south of the Sahara, wherever trees occur. These are the tallest living terrestrial animals.

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