5 Animals that are Only Found in Africa
Africa’s abundant array of animal life is famous, but did you know that the continent is home to various creatures that cannot be found anywhere else in the world?
Take a look at these five animals who call Africa their home:
Inhabiting the evergreen forests of west-central and east Africa, this species of monkey are famously known for their black and white fur. They live in groups of three to 15 members, and they spend most of their time in trees.
Grey Crowned Crane
This majestic bird is native to the wetlands of eastern and southern Africa. Its distinguishing features is its crest of golden, straw-like feathers. In order to attract a mate, they engage in a show of dancing, bowing and jumping.
A small antelope that is found in the rugged terrain of eastern and southern Africa, the klipspringer is the only one of its kind that can walk on the tips of its hooves. This helps them to have a better grip on smooth rock surfaces. It also only has one mate for life – they never seek another mate unless their partner dies.
Found in the rainforests of the Democratic Republic of Congo, the okapi is the much shorter relative of the giraffe. Their reddish-brown coats with zebra-like markings on their hind legs helps them to blend into the forests’ natural surroundings. Unfortunately, due to habitat loss and hunting, these animals have become endangered.
On the island nation of Madagascar is where you will find 30 known species of lemur. Like the guereza, they spend a lot of their time in trees, and they use high-pitched calls and scent markings to communicate with each other. They’re also remarkably intelligent, with the ability to learn how to use tools and draw patterns.