African animals display the widest variety in size and structure of any of the continents.
Africa is the world's second largest continent with almost 12 million square miles of tropical rain forests, deserts and vast savannas.
There are over one million species of animals in Africa, including both the heaviest (elephants) and the tallest (giraffes) land animals on Earth.
And who knows how many undiscovered creatures exist untouched by civilization.
Our closest relatives, the chimpanzee and the bonobo, continue to change and evolve here, endangered by human encroachment.
And thousands of people stream to Africa every year to go on an amazing African Safari and witness firsthand the most dazzling and desperate displays of wildlife as they unfold on this steamy and dangerous stage.
Africa is a wonderland for animal lovers, and a schoolroom for anyone who wants to learn about nature, beauty and the rythym of life.
These are just a few of the amazing animals that live in Africa - African Animals
The most abundant animals in Africa are the antelopes which cover the entire continent in small clusters or awesome herds of some 80 species.
The incredible antelope family includes the impala, the gazelle and the wildebeest.
Although they resemble deer, and fill the same ecological niche, antelopes differ from deer in that they have permanent horns on their heads instead of antlers. Horns do not have branches as antlers do, and they do not fall off and regrow.
All of the great apes are native to Africa except the orangutan, which is native to Borneo.
The chimpanzee, the bonobo, and the Eastern lowland, Eastern mountain, and Western gorillas all live in the jungles of central Africa.
They are all harshly impacted by farming and deforestation and are all endangered species.
The great apes are some of the few animals, along with whales and elephants, that display an understanding of self similar to our own, and, of course, they are our closest living relatives.
If you journey to the gigantic continent of Africa, you will find yourself in a land that contains some of the most dangerous creatures on Earth.
While lions, leopards and elephants have all caused human fatalities, and the beautiful cape buffalo is actually extremely dangerous, by far the deadliest African animal is the relatively sweet looking hippopotamus.
Ask any game warden, big game hunter or native African and they will tell you that hippos are not just huge and fearless, but also often so ruthlessly aggressive that they have been known to capsize small boats just to get a mouthful of hapless occupants.
The cumbersome looking hippopotamus is actually remarkably fast on land and graceful and swift in the water. It has massive jaws, and its upper palate is wider than a pizza delivery box!
Chubby and balding, yes. But don't tell him that to his face!
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