Ultimate guide to African wildlife

  • Kadealo, African Animals, Dik-Diks

African Antelope: Dik-Diks

By |2020-09-04T10:23:56+00:00August 17th, 2020|

Dik Diks weigh from 10 to 12 pounds and are around 15 inches in height. They live up to 10 years in captivity but only 3 or 4 in the wild. Their main choice of habitat is both dense forest and open plains. They are not very picky about their habitat. Their main predators are humans, followed by numerous small carnivores. They are mainly found in the Kenya-Tanzania area of Africa and have excellent eye sight, scent and hearing. This helps them survive and they will tend to hide instead of running away from predators. They will also make a strange whistling sounds through [...]

  • Kadealo, African Animals, Bushbuks

African Antelope: Bushbuks

By |2020-09-02T16:43:44+00:00August 17th, 2020|

Bushbacks are found in a large swathe of Africa, from the southernmost areas of South Africa up to Ethiopia and as far west as Senegal. Weighing in at 90-180 pounds, and at a height of 30 inches, they are again another species of antelope who are on the small side. Their predators are primarily leopards and – unfortunately – humans. They generally favour deep forest habitats, and are herbivorous who can survive droughts by drinking dew that collect sin roots and on leaves of trees. They also are fond of acacia pods, flowers, fallen fruit and just plain grass. They are solitary animals, they [...]

  • Kadealo, African Animals, Blue Duiker

African Animals: Blue Duiker

By |2020-09-02T13:37:55+00:00August 17th, 2020|

Duikers come in 21 species, they are omnivores and favour forest and bush habitats. The main predators they have to worry about are Eagles, Lions and Leopards. In captivity they generally live to about 12 years, though in the wild this could well be higher or lower. The Blue Duiker is found in Uganda, western Kenya and Tanzania. It's actually the smallest of all the antelopes, coming in at just 35 inches heigh and weighing 175 pounds. This goes to explain why Eagles have the ability to snatch the younger Blue Duiker. Duikers enjoy eating mushrooms, fruits and leaves from foliage, but they will [...]

  • Kadealo, African Birds, African Crowned Eagle

African Birds: African Crowned Eagle

By |2020-09-02T13:29:07+00:00August 17th, 2020|

The Crowned Eagle is found in sub-Saharan Africa, but tends to be restricted to eastern areas in southern Africa. Its diet is overwhelmingly mammalian, but the type of mammal hunted varies from region to region. These can consist of rock hyrax, small ungulates and from time to time even smaller monkeys and other small primates. Their wingspan of 90cm and their unusually large and powerful talons and legs have given it a reputation of being the most powerful eagle in all of Africa: It can readily take animals such as a bushbuck which weigh up to an astonishingly 30kg which it can kill by [...]

  • Kadealo, African Birds, Hornbill

African Birds: Hornbill

By |2020-09-02T13:23:05+00:00August 17th, 2020|

Hornbills are distinctive with a long, curved bill which is brightly coloured with yellow and red being the most common colours. They use this unique bill to break open fruits but being omnivorous they also feed on small animals. Like some other birds in Africa, it is monogamous and breeding and nesting takes place in natural cavities such as trees and sometimes cliffs or in very small caves. They are not generally considered threatened in Africa and are found in abundance throughout sub-Saharan Africa, though evidence shows that they used to inhabit some of the Sahara in the past. Their favourite habitats include open [...]

  • Kadealo, African Birds, Flamingo

African Birds: Flamingo

By |2020-09-02T13:20:01+00:00August 17th, 2020|

Flamingos are spread throughout world, but the best place to see them is certainly Africa, where it is found on almost every country with a coastline barring Tunisia and Namibia which do not have adequate lakes that Flamingos inhabit and thrive in.  The distinctive orange/pink Flamingo flocks and feed in lakes or still rivers without much current where it eats fish such as shrimp with it's odd shaped beak designed to filter fish and shrimp out of the water. However, probably the most interesting behaviourally trait is their sleeping habits: Flamingos sleep with only one leg standing down, but only 50% of the bird's body is [...]

  • Kadealo, African Birds, African Grey Parrot

African Birds: African Grey Parrot

By |2020-09-01T15:05:24+00:00August 17th, 2020|

The endangered grey parrot has distinctive grey feathers and is a fairly small parrot that weighs only 400 grams and has a length of 30cms, and a wingspan of 46-52cm. Their diet could be described as frugivorous as the vast majority of their diet includes fruits, nuts and seeds, but it occasionally eats insects, tree bark and snails too. It is a native of equatorial Africa, living in dense wet forests running from Cote d'Ivoire in the west and through the Congo to Kenya and Uganda in the east. However, these populations are rapidly decreasing as their habitat is suffering from human-caused deforestation. Another [...]

  • Kadealo, African Birds, African Penguin

African Birds: African Penguin

By |2020-09-01T14:14:29+00:00August 17th, 2020|

The African Penguin is found exclusively in South Africa and Namibia. It is related to the infamous Galapagos Penguin that is found in the pacific and is thought to be one of the first penguins discovered by humans. The African Penguin is distinctive from it's clean black and white markings and it's sharp peak, as well as black feet and dot-like markings across it's white chest. Generally speaking the males are slightly larger than the females, but both are fairly the same size as each other making them sometimes indistinguishable. They are the only penguin that does not inhabit places with a very cold [...]

  • Kadealo, African Birds, Fischer's Lovebird

African Birds: Fischer’s Lovebird

By |2020-09-01T14:06:54+00:00August 17th, 2020|

The Fischer's Lovebird is one of the most colourful birds in the world which has a green back, chest and wings. The bird's neck is a sunburst yellow to orange which blends into a deeper shade of orange and then into red. It also sometimes has a blue/purple coloured tail. The lovebird is special not only for it's techni-coloured feathers, but for it's habitat too, found exclusively in north-centra Tanzania only, where they inhabit grasslands, savannahs and scrub forests. They tend to prefer areas where there is a lot of agricultural activity as they have a graminivorous diet, which is a diet of wheat, [...]

  • Kadealo, African Primates, Gorilla

African Primates: Gorilla

By |2020-09-01T08:09:45+00:00August 17th, 2020|

Gorillas are made up of a few different subspecies, however the Mountain Gorilla is the most sought after for tourists. Sadly, only 660 individuals remain from this species. They are confined to the Virunga Volcanoes that make up the great rift valley that serves as the border between Uganda, Congo and Rwanda. This stunningly beautiful part of the world is the last safe haven for the critically endangered mountain gorilla. These gorillas tend to inhabit the slopes of the mountains and dormant volcanoes at high altitudes and will not even cross an open plain: They would rather go around any open meadows or plains [...]

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