The continent of Africa attracts millions of people from around the world every year. They come for many reasons including the food, the culture, the warm welcome, tropical paradises and of course, the wildlife. Africa is home to many wondrous species of animal that cannot be found anywhere else on the planet. Some of these are among the largest of all animals, while others are fascinating in different ways. Although mankind’s influence has taken its toll, much of the continent is still relatively untouched making for huge habitats where these animals can live.
Many people come to Africa to go on safari and most will be looking forward to seeing particular species. Some are easy to spot, while others keep well out of sight. Some may even be inquisitive and choose to get closer to get a better look at humans. For the millions of people across the world that are unable to go on safari, they are still able to get to know these creatures from TV and films.
With so many different amazing species in Africa to choose from, it is difficult to pick any one as a favorite. Here’s a look at some of the most famous and popular of them all.
African Animal #10: Lion
The king of the jungle, the lion, is one of the best known of all African animals. It is the second largest cat on the planet, behind only the mighty tiger in size. Despite being known as the king of the jungle, they are more likely to be found on the plains of Africa than in the jungle. Here, they live in groups known as prides with other lions. Working in groups, they hunt other plains animals such as zebra, wildebeest and buffalo and are able to bring down prey larger than they are.
The hunting is done mostly by the females, with males contributing little yet they get the first choice when it comes to feeding. The males do have their own tasks within the pride, the main one being defending the pride from other lions and animals. Lions will occasionally try to take over another pride as their own and are likely to kill any cubs that are not fathered by themselves.