by Tania De Kock on April 8, 2020
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Rhino Africa: Our Home Safari - Bringing Africa to your home

One thing you’re no doubt missing about Africa right now is the wide range of fascinating animals that call our continent home. Been on safari so many times that you think you know all of these facts about African animals? Or do you want to brush up on your knowledge before you plan your future safari?

Test yourself and maybe learn something new by completing our quiz below. But think carefully, there might be a few trick questions…

Lion walking in Gondwana Game Reserve

King of the bush. Credit Tania de Kock


Share your results with your friends and family and challenge them to see who comes out on top as the African animal expert!

1. Elephants are afraid of mice

A herd of elephants passing by
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There’s no real proof that this is true, but they are in fact not big fans of bees and a herd will often run off when confronted by these buzzing creatures.

2. A giraffe’s tongue is around 50cm (20 inches) long

Giraffe sticking out its tongue
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Although it might seem impossible, their tongues are this long in order to reach the leaves high up in trees.

3. African wild dogs are better hunters than lions

African wild dog close-up of face
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African wild dogs have a hunting success rate of 80-85%, whereas lions average only at around 25-30%.

4. Leopards are the fastest land animals

Leopard stretching in a tree.
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Although many people struggle to differentiate between the two, cheetahs are actually the fastest land animal.

5. Hippos live for around 40 years

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Hippos do live until they are about 40 years old in the wild.

6. Gorillas are the human’s closest relatives

Gorilla looking through leaves in Congo
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It's a trick question! Chimpanzees and bonobos share about 99% of human DNA making them the closest relatives to humans whereas gorillas share around 98%.

7. The African elephant has a gestation period of 9 months

Baby elephant walking with its mom
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They actually have a gestation period of 22 months, the longest of all land mammals.

8. The pangolin is the world’s most trafficked mammal

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Unfortunately, this is a sad reality.

9. Zebras’ stripes are unique, similar to our fingerprints

zebras standing in line
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Each zebra's stripes are unique and they can recognise each other by these patterns.

10. Rhinos have excellent eyesight

Rhino crash in the bush
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They have exceptional hearing and sense of smell and rely mostly on these senses as their eyesight is poor.

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