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10 Captivating Animals Exclusive to Africa

There are thousands of species of animals that are unique to the African continent that exist nowhere else on Earth. Sadly, most of these beautiful creatures are being hunted by poachers and big game enthusiasts. So their populations are dwindling at record numbers. Here are only a small sampling of the exclusive African wildlife that are still living today.

Ethiopian wolf (Canis simensis), in its alpine moorland habitat, Bale National Park, Ethiopia

Ethiopian Wolf  

This type of wolf is an endangered species that has had declining numbers for decades. It is estimated that the wolf only has a population of 500. The Ethiopian wolf is a canine and native to the Ethiopian highlands.

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Giraffe

This animal is the tallest living animal. Giraffes are herbivores and have been targeted by poachers for decades. In the above photo, two male giraffes are competing for dominance.

There are thousands of species of animals that are unique to the African continent that exist nowhere else on Earth. Sadly, most of these beautiful creatures are being hunted by poachers and big game enthusiasts. So their populations are dwindling at record numbers. Here are only a small sampling of the exclusive African wildlife that are still living today.

Ethiopian wolf (Canis simensis), in its alpine moorland habitat, Bale National Park, Ethiopia

Ethiopian Wolf  

This type of wolf is an endangered species that has had declining numbers for decades. It is estimated that the wolf only has a population of 500. The Ethiopian wolf is a canine and native to the Ethiopian highlands.

Giraffe_Ithala_KZN_South_Africa_Luca_Galuzzi_2004

Giraffe

This animal is the tallest living animal. Giraffes are herbivores and have been targeted by poachers for decades. In the above photo, two male giraffes are competing for dominance.

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african-wildcat_gallery_6African Wildcat

These cats were first domesticated 10,000 years ago, and they exist all over North, East and South Africa.

 

A cheetah observes on the plains of Masai Mara game reserve in this file photo from April 2, 2008. Scientists doing energy expenditure research on cheetahs have discovered that their biggest energy drain was not the energy expended chasing prey, but the ever-increasing distances they are forced to walk while searching for prey.  REUTERS/Radu Sigheti/Files   (KENYA - Tags: ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY TRAVEL SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY)

Cheetah

The fastest land animal on Earth can reach up to speeds of 65 mph. It has become a favorite target for poachers, and populations of the animal are in decline. There are an estimated 10,000 to 15,000 left. Cheetahs are in North, West and Central Africa.

VirungaMountainGorillaMountain Gorilla

This subspecies is on the brink of extinction with only 600 to 700 left. They tend to be located in the mountains of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Uganda.


Black Rhinoceros

This type of rhino has become endangered due to supposed medicinal purposes of its horn. Poachers would kill the animal and sell the horn in Asian black markets. These animals make their home in South and West African nations. There are about


Okapi

The okapi are native to the central African nation of Democratic Republic of the Congo. Even though the animal looks similar to a zebra, it is closely related to the giraffe.

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Black Mamba

This snake is the most venomous snake in Africa and is the second-longest most venomous after the king cobra. Black mambas are native to sub-Saharan Africa.

source: Atlanta Blackstar

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