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Out of Africa by Jeremy Beckman


The aardwolf (Proteles cristata) is a small mammal native to East and Southern Africa in the same family as the hyena. Unlike many of its relatives in the order Carnivora, the aardwolf does not hunt large animals. It eats insects, mainly termites – one aardwolf can eat about 250,000 termites during a single night, using its long, sticky tongue to capture them. It is nocturnal, resting in burrows during the day and emerging at night to seek food.

Cheetah family - Masai Mara, Kenya

The worlds fastest animal, the Cheetah can run at speeds of up to 110kmph. It can reach that top speed in 3 seconds. The cheetahs tail is long and flat, and can be used as a rudder, to control steering, and to maintain balance when running. 

Their spots are solid black, and are on their skin as well as their fur. Their “tear marks” that run from the inside of their eyes down to their mouths, reflect the suns glare, helping them to hunt. A mother cheetah can carry between 2-8 cubs in her litter at any one time. 

Masai Mara - Kenya

Living in prides of up to 30 individuals at one time, Lions are very social creatures. Prides generally include three males, a number of females, and their young cubs. External factors such as famine and drought can also dictate the size of prides, with numbers increasing or decreasing depending on the availability of food and water. Both male and female lions have a roar that can be heard 8km away. 

Males and Females also hold very different and distinct roles in the pride. Male lions guard the territory, which can be as large as 260 square km, by chasing away intruders and marking their territory with urine. Females are in charge of hunting, using team work to take down prey. 


Family of lions with Giraffe kill