There are lots of strange animals of Africa you probably don’t know. In short, the continent is full of uniquely weird animals as revealed in David Attenborough’s new documentary series.
The documentary has been a monumental success and it has received thousands of positive reviews. Its advanced CGI camera techniques and moving soundtrack are visually attractive.
The documentary’s emotional depictions of nature at its cruelest have opened our eyes to the true beauty and majesty of the world’s most vibrant and diverse continent.
So, to complement the series and give you an even deeper understanding of the wildlife of Africa, a new book has been released under the same name; Africa: Eye to Eye With the Unknown.
Top 5 strange animals of Africa
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To celebrate the release of the book and the success of the series, we have compiled a list of the 5 weirdest animals in Africa!
Brace yourself; some of them are a bit odd. Check out our top 5 strange animals of Africa below:
What do you call something that has the body of a horse, the limbs of a zebra, and the head of a giraffe? An Okapi, that’s what you call it!
Okapi, Okapia johnstoni, is a giraffid artiodactyl mammal native to the Ituri Rainforest, a dense rain forest located in the northeast of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, in Central Africa…[Wikipedia].
Okapi is a beautiful and unusual animal, very wary, and their highly developed hearing alerts them to run when they hear humans in the distance. Unlike other herding animals, Okapi prefers to spend their lives in somber isolation, which isn’t a surprising fact when you think about it.
They are not stripy enough to hang with the zebras, they are not tall enough to chill with the giraffes and they live in the wrong part of the world to be knocking about with horses.
Found in tropical regions throughout Africa and Asia, Pangolin is a mammal with large keratin scales covering its skin. It’s the only known mammal with this feature.
There aren’t many words you can use to describe Pangolins. They look like the first sketch of a new Pokémon that the creator never got round to finish. Pangolins are covered in a protective shell of scales.
Their scales not only look unsightly but also accounts for 20% of their weight. Unsurprisingly, Pangolins are nocturnal, meaning they only come out at night. All joking aside, Pangolins are actually quite cool creatures. However, they are in danger of becoming extinct due to illegal trade and the destruction of habitats.
#3]. Bat-Eared Fox
The Bat-Eared Fox is a canid of the African savanna, named for its large ears. These animals can be found in South Africa and East Africa. Also, they can be found in Namibia, Botswana, southern and western Zimbabwe in the grasslands and semi-deserts.
Interestingly, a female-only has 4 nipples, which sadly means she may have to kill some cubs if she gives birth to more than 4. But what’s with the giant ears? Well, they’re full of blood vessels that get rid of heat and help keep the fox cool in the sweltering African climate.
Bat-eared foxes are nocturnal and will often travel up to 8 miles every night in search of food. That’s some serious commitment right there.
Also known as Whalehead or Shoe-billed Stork, Shoebill is a very large stork-like bird, which derives its name from its massive shoe-shaped bill. It is a tall bird with feet that are exceptionally large.
The Shoebill is distributed in freshwater swamps of central tropical Africa, from southern Sudan through parts of eastern Congo, Rwanda, Uganda, and western Tanzania.
The species is most numerous in the West Nile sub-region and adjacent areas of the South Sudan, significant also in wetlands of Uganda and western Tanzania. Shoebills are magnificent birds with enormous wingspans and can grow up to 5 feet in height.
Bushbabies are found throughout East Africa as well as in woodlands and bushlands in sub-Saharan Africa. They are the smallest primates in the animal kingdom, measuring in at just 7/8 inches in height.
Their tails, which are bigger than their bodies, help them leap through the trees at night to catch prey and avoid predators. When someone describes a bushbaby, most people conjure up an image in their mind of some cute, fluffy teddy bear-like creature.
However, their unnerving appearance isn’t helped by the high-pitched cries and shrill whistles which they let out either. They also enjoy marking their territory with urine. Not so cute now, eh?[td_smart_list_end]