Africa is home to magnificent wildlife from fierce birds in the air to vicious beasts of the river banks. Over years of visits to Uganda we have collected various photos of God’s creatures and have only begun to scratch the service of all the animals that live on the African plains.
First and foremost, the king of the jungle – the African Lion
Scientific Name: Panthera Leo azandica
Weight: 265-420 lbs
Fun Fact: Male lions protect the pride’s (group of lions) territory. This territory can be as large as 100 square miles and consists of woodlands, grasslands, and scrub. Female lions take the responsibility of hunting and bringing the kill back to the pride.
Information derived from: http://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/mammals/a/african-lion/
Scientific Name: Papio anubis
Weight: 33-82 lbs
Fun Fact: Troops (groups of baboons) have about 10 unique sounds to communicate to other members in the group. Olive baboons typically range from a few dozen to a few hundred individual baboons in each troop.
Information derived from: http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/mammals/baboon/
Scientific Name: Giraffa camelopardalis rothschildi
Height: 20 ft
Fun Fact: Giraffes roam the savanna in herds organized by genders. These families will either be a group of females or a group of bachelors led by a bull. The herds are not permanent; giraffes will change up their herd composition every so often.
Information derived from: http://www.giraffeworlds.com/rothschild-giraffe/
East African Bush Elephants
Scientific Name: Loxodonta africana knochenhaueri
Weight: 6 tons
Fun Fact: There are 2 subspecies, Bush and Forest, which distinguishes what terrain the elephants prefer to be in. It can be seen which type of elephant is which by their appearance. The bush elephants dwelling in Uganda are a larger in size, lighter in color, and their tusks curve out.
Information derived from: http://www.worldwildlife.org/species/african-elephant
Scientific Name: Crocodylus niloticus
Length: 16 ft
Fun Fact: Nile crocodiles usually stick to fish in their diet but they have been known to gobble up anything convenient: zebras, small hippos, birds, and porcupines. In one meal, crocodiles can consume about half of their body weight (on average = 500 lbs) and are regarded as extremely dangerous and vicious river beasts.
Information derived from: http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/reptiles/nile-crocodile/
But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish in the sea inform you. Which of all these does not know that the hand of the LORD has done this? In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind. Job 12:7-10