56 Gemsbok = Southern Oryx
55 The Ugly Five = Wildebeest, Hyena, Warthog, Marabou Stork and Vulture
54 National Animal = South Africa
53 Aardvark = 70% of all mammals are nocturnal, 10% are crepuscular (morning/evening active) and only 20% are diurnal
52 Giraffe’s helpers = Red-billed Oxpeckers
51 A … of Giraffe = A Tower of Giraffe or a Journey of Giraffe
50 The Small Five = Antlion, Leopard Tortoise, Elephant Shrew, Red-billed Buffalo Weaver, Rhino Beetle
49 Greater Kudu = I do this so my horns appear to be even more impressive!
48 Climbing trees = Because Cheetah claws are not retractable and are therefore not very sharp. Climbing trees is very difficult once Cheetah have grown up.
47 Bird watching = Because where many birds are landing there could be potential prey (eg Oxpeckers landing in Buffalo) or there could be a ready made meal (eg Vultures landing on a carcass).
46 No horn … = The people on the reserve where I live cut it off for me, so I do not get hunted by people who want to kill me to get my horn! Thanks!
45 Nyala = My alarm call sounds like a barking dog.
44 In the puddle = The mud keeps me cool when it dries on my skin
43 Oxpeckers = We eat ticks and other parasites of the Buffalo
42 Like Micky Mouse = Wild Dog Puppies
41 A Lion’s Face = I am yawning
40 Special Spots = Rosettes
39 Dung Beetle = I eat dung of large animals like Elephants and Rhinos and I make dung balls to lay eggs inside.
38 Pearl-spotted Owlet = Mock eyes to confuse predators
37 Hippopotamus = up to 40kg (88lbs) per night
36 African Fish Eagle = Our iconic call, which is often called the sound of Africa!
35 Banded Mongoose = families or groups
34 Serval = As large as soup plates 🙂
33 Baby Elephant = Because after I stop suckling milk from mum I must be able to use my trunk to eat and to drink.
32 White-backed Vulture = 2.2 Meters (7.2 Feet)
31 Chacma Baboon = We sleep in trees for safety
30 Lion Teeth = 30 adult teeth that are composed of 12 incisors, four canines, 10 premolars and 4 molars.
29 African Wattled Lapwing = Because I have two long yellow laps on my face which wattle a bit 🙂
28 Hamerkop: Hamerkops build enormous nests up to 1.5m (~5ft) across
27 Leopard Tortoise = Ant Lion, Elephant Shrew, Rhino Beetle, Buffalo Weaver
26 Common Diadem Butterfly = Because the African Monarch is toxic. That way predators think I am toxic, too.
25 Amur Tiger = Nocturnal (active at night)
24 Cheetah: ~60mph or ~100km/h
23 Giraffe: Largest Land Mammal: African Elephant 🐘 | Largest Mammal on Earth: Blue Whale 🐳
22 Warthog = Too cool me down
21 Dwarf Mongoose = A Business of Mongoose
20 Gosling = Group of Geese = Gaggle
19 Impala Fawn = less than 30 minutes
18 Lion = 18-20 hours
17 Rooikat (Caracal) = 3 meters (10 feet)
16 Hyacinth Macaw = 50-60 years in the wild, even older in captivity
15 Peafowl = Peahen
14 Clouded Leopard = Asia
13 Baby Zebra = A Dazzle of Zebra
12 Cheetah Cubs = About 18 months
11 Burchell’s Coucal = Because it will be raining soon if you hear my call!
10 Black Rhinos = 55km/h or 35 mph
9 Elephant’s Trunk = I suck water into the trunk and then let the water run into my mouth!
8 Baby Giraffe = 1.8m | 6″
7 Leopard = I like to eat sitting up in a tree
6 Guinea Fowl = Up to 10km or 6 miles
5 Spotted Eagle Owl = Too see really well at night, when I am most active
4 Kingfisher = Little fish
3 Wild Puppy = early mornings and late afternoons (crepuscular)
2 Baby Lion = 3 months
1 Ostrich Chick = 75km/h = 45mph