We flew overnight from Asia to Africa. Crazy, right?! Ok well not literally. Just in the great and exciting blog world. The endangered creatures shown on the blog today live in Africa.
My what big horns you have. I kind of think the horns make you look 10 lbs thinner. Oh, you’re welcome Ms. Addax. These animals live in North Africa and there are only a few hundred left in the wild. Fortunately there are breeding programs for the Addax.
I like your mask, I think it is rad. These guenon are known by their white beards. They were once thought to be extinct until a small group of them were found. They have a low reproduction rate which contributes to their endangered status.
The black rhino has poor vision but a keen sense of smell. Me too! Me too! We could be friends Mr. Rhino. Their sinus passages are larger than their brains. Allegedly. (Don’t worry Mr. Rhino I am looking out for ya.)
Males wander alone until it is time to breed or when wallowing in waterholes with other rhinos. Isn’t that just like males to only show up in time for… What? I am not saying it. Ok. okay. I was implying it.
Sadly, their lives are threatened by poachers because their horns are in high demand. The horns sell for over $20,000 on the black market! Yikes. Conservationists have tried to remove the horns to discourage these poachers but it still seems to be happening.
These little dudes are very small antelope, they weigh up to 12 lbs and are usually between 13 and 15 inches high. They can camouflage themselves to match their surroundings to avoid being detected by predators. They sleep during the day and are active at night. They are threatened by habitat destruction and being hunted by humans.
If you have seen a large wild animal in their large enclosure at a zoo or wildlife reserve you know it is often unusual to see them up close, they are often sleeping, hidden, or too far away. I was at a zoo years ago and a gorilla was sitting right next to the glass of the viewing portion. The few inches of the glass were all that separated us. It made a big impression on me. Their features seem so similar to humans. How very sad that their population has been depleted.
* Disclaimer of Animal Week- Some of these animals may be found on more than one continent.