Hi, I'm Humphrey!

Check here every Wednesday to meet one of my new animal friends from the heart of Africa, opening May 2014.

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Hi, I'm Humphrey!

Check here every Wednesday to meet one of my new animal friends from the heart of Africa, opening May 2014.

Aardvark

Masai Giraffe
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Orycteropus Afer

Aardvark

Size

3 - 5

Height

Feet Long

85 - 150

Weight

Pounds

Region & Habitat

Sub-Saharan Africa in grassland, savanna and woodland.

Diet In The Wild

Omnivore

Omnivore

Mainly on ants and termites.

Status


Least Concern (LC)


ExtinctCommon Vulnerable (VU)

As human populations increase, logging, agriculture, roads, and settlements destroy aardvark habitat.

Interesting Fact


The name "aardvark" comes from an early Afrikaans word meaning

The name

Warthog

Masai Giraffe
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Phacochoerus Aethiopicus

Warthog

Size

3 - 5

Height

Feet Long

130 - 330

Weight

Pounds

Region & Habitat

Sub-Saharan Africa in grassland, savannas and woodland.

Diet In The Wild

Omnivore

Omnivore

Grasses, roots, insects and fruits.

Status


Least Concern (LC)


ExtinctCommon Vulnerable (VU)

Humans are increasingly moving into areas where the warthogs live, creating human-wildlife conflicts.

Interesting Fact


Though they are capable of fighting, a warthog’s primary defense from trouble is usually to

Though they are capable of fighting a warthog’s primary defense from trouble is usually to flee

Grant’s Zebra

Masai Giraffe
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Equus Quagga

Grant’s Zebra

Size

4 - 4.5

Height

Feet Tall (at the shoulder)

500 - 700

Weight

Pounds (male)

Region & Habitat

Ethiopia, Somalia to northern South Africa in open grassy plains and well-grassed woodlands.

Diet In The Wild

Herbivore

Herbivore

Grasses, leaves, scrubs, rhizomes, corms.

Status


Least Concern (LC)


ExtinctCommon Vulnerable (VU)

Habitat loss and over-hunting contribute to the decline of zebras.

Interesting Fact


A migrating group of Grant’s zebras will adjust their speed to accommodate the slowest member of the herd because they’re very

Giraffe tongues are black to help prevent sunburn

Masai Giraffe

Masai Giraffe
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Giraffa camelopardalis tippelskirchi

Masai Giraffe

Size

14 - 18

Height

Feet Tall

1,200 - 3,500

Weight

Pounds (male)

Region & Habitat

Kenya and Tanzania in the African savanna south of the Sahara Desert.

Diet In The Wild

Herbivore

Herbivore

Acacia trees, combretum trees and more than 100 different other plants including flowers, vines, and herbs, depending on availability.

Status


Vulnerable (VU)


ExtinctCommon Vulnerable (VU)

Humans are increasingly moving into regions where giraffe live, thus reducing their habitat. The American Species Survival Plan is making efforts to revitalize this animal’s population.

Interesting Fact


Giraffe tongues are black to help prevent

Giraffe tongues are black to help prevent sunburn

Reticulated Giraffe

Reticulated Giraffe
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Giraffa camelopardalis reticulata

Reticulated Giraffe

Size

13 - 18

Height

Feet Tall

1,200 - 3,500

Weight

Pounds (male)

Region & Habitat

Northeast Kenya in dry savannas and open woodlands.

Diet In The Wild

Herbivore

Herbivore

Leaves, shoots, and vines found in treetops.

Status


Least Concern (LC)


ExtinctCommon Least Concern

Humans are increasingly moving into regions where giraffe live, thus reducing their habitat. The American Species Survival Plan is making efforts to revitalize this animal’s population.

Interesting Fact


Giraffes have the same number of vertebrate in their necks as humans

Giraffes have the same number of vertebrate in their necks as humans - seven

Cheetah

Wildebeest
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Acinonyx jubatus

Cheetah

Size

2 - 3

Height

Feet Tall (at the shoulder)

80 - 150

Weight

Pounds (male)

Region & Habitat

Eastern and southwestern Africa in grasslands, savannas, areas of dense vegetation, and mountainous terrain.

Diet In The Wild

Carnivore

Carnivore

Mammals under 90 pounds, including Thomson’s gazelles, Grant’s gazelles, the springbok and the impala.

Status


Vulnerable (VU)


ExtinctCommon Vulnerable (VU)

Humans are increasingly moving into areas where cheetahs live often causing conflicts between ranchers and cheetahs. The American Species Survival Plan is making efforts to revitalize this animal’s population.

Interesting Fact


Cheetahs can go from

Cheetahs can go from 0 to 60 MPH in only three seconds!

Greater Kudu

Wildebeest
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Tragelaphus strepsiceros

Greater Kudu

Size

4 - 5

Height

Feet Tall (at the shoulders)

500 - 800

Weight

Pounds (male)

400 - 500

Weight

Pounds (female)

Region & Habitat

Throughout southern and eastern Africa as far north as Ethiopia in stony, forested hills and mountains.

Diet In The Wild

Herbivore

Herbivore

Leaves, grass, roots, and sometimes fruits and tubers.

Status


Least Concern (LC)


ExtinctCommon Least Concern

Kudus are threatened by habitat loss and over-hunting.

Interesting Fact


Compared to other sounds made by antelope, the greater kudu's gruff bark is the

Compared to other sounds made by antelope, the greater kudu's gruff bark is the loudest

Blue Neck Ostrich

Wildebeest
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Struthio camelus molybdophanes

Blue Neck Ostrich

Size

7 - 9

Height

Feet Tall

220 - 350

Weight

Pounds

Region & Habitat

Central and southern Africa in savanna and desert.

Diet In The Wild

Omnivore

Omnivore

Plants, roots, and seeds, and occasionally insects and lizards.

Status


Least Concern (LC)


ExtinctCommon Least Concern

Humans are increasingly moving into regions where ostrich live, thus reducing their habitat.

Interesting Fact


One ostrich egg equals 24 chicken eggs

Vervet Monkey

Wildebeest
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Cercopithecus aethiops

Vervet Monkey

Size

1 - 2

Height

Feet Tall

7 - 17

Weight

Pounds

Region & Habitat

East Africa in woodlands, savannas, and high bush.

Diet In The Wild

Omnivore

Omnivore

Leaves, young shoots, tree bark, flowers and fruit.

Status


Least Concern (LC)


ExtinctCommon Least Concern

Vervet monkeys are often in conflict with humans. They are very curious and will steal food and garbage from homeowners who do not "monkey-proof" their homes.

Interesting Fact


The more dominant a monkey is in his troop, the more attention the monkeys give to his

120K to 1.5M

Wildebeest

Wildebeest
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Connochaetes taurinus

Wildebeest

Size

4.0 - 5.0

Height

Feet Tall (at the shoulder)

265 - 600

Weight

Pounds

Region & Habitat

Eastern Africa in open woodlands and grassy plains.

Diet In The Wild

Herbivore

Herbivore

Strictly grazers, wildebeest prefer short grass.

Status


Least Concern (LC)


ExtinctCommon Least Concern

The wildebeest’s habitat is threatened by human expansion into their migratory pathways.

Interesting Fact


One of the few African antelopes to increase in population over the past 50 years, the number of wildebeests have grown from

120K to 1.5M

Guineafowl

Guineafowl
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Numididae

Guineafowl

Size

1.5 - 2.5

Height

Feet Tall

1.5 - 3.5

Weight

Pounds

Region & Habitat

Africa including Madagascar in forest, desert and grasslands.

Diet In The Wild

Omnivore

Omnivore

Worms and insects on the ground, along with seeds, berries and small mammals and reptiles.

Status


Least Concern (LC)


ExtinctCommon Least Concern

Humans are responsible for poaching and deforestation.

Interesting Fact


Even though they can fly, ginuea fowls rarely do because they are such fast

Runners

Saddle-billed Stork

Saddle-billed Stork
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Ephippiorhynchus senegalensis

Saddle-billed Stork

Size

5.0

Height

Feet Tall (9-foot wingspan)

11 - 17

Weight

Pounds

Region & Habitat

Sub-Saharan Africa in open or semi-arid country near sources of water, along rivers, lake shores, flood plains, and swamps.

Diet In The Wild

Carnivore

Carnivore

Fish, small reptiles and crustaceans.

Status


Least Concern (LC)


ExtinctCommon Least Concern

Humans are increasingly moving into areas where these storks live, threatening its natural habitat. The American Species Survival Plan is making efforts to revitalize this animal’s population.

Interesting Fact


Of African storks, saddle-billed storks are the

Tallest

Thomson’s Gazelle

Thomson's Gazelle
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Gazella thomsonii

Thomson’s Gazelle

Size

1.5 – 3.5

HeightFeet Tall (at the shoulders)

44 - 77

WeightPounds

Region & Habitat

Kenya and Tanzania in savannas.

Diet In The Wild

Herbivore

Herbivore

Mostly grasses, shoots and leaves.

Status


Near Threatened (NT)


ExtinctCommon Near Threatened

The Thomson’s gazelle’s habitat is decreasing as human populations grow. The American Species Survival Plan is making efforts to revitalize this animal’s population.

Interesting Fact


Thomsons gazelles can reach speeds up to

50 M P H

Slender-Horned Gazelle

Slender-Horned Gazelle
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Gazella leptoceros

Slender-Horned Gazelle

Size

1.5 – 3.5

HeightFeet Tall (at the shoulders)

55 - 65

WeightPounds

Region & Habitat

Central Sahara Desert in scrub and desert regions.

Diet In The Wild

Herbivore

Herbivore

Acacia and bush leaves, grasses, and herbs.

Status


Endangered (EN)


ExtinctCommon Endangered

It was once the most common of all the gazelles living in the Saharan deserts, but hunting for sport and meat is the major reason for their decline. The American Species Survival Plan is making efforts to revitalize this animal’s population.

Interesting Fact


This gazelle species can keep hydrated solely from the plants it eats and drinking

Dew

Dama Gazelle

Dama Gazelle
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Nanger dama

Dama Gazelle

Size

4.0

HeightFeet Tall (at the shoulders)

88 - 165

WeightPounds

Region & Habitat

Isolated areas in Chad, Mali, and Niger in grasslands, savannas, and sub-desert steppes.

Diet In The Wild

Herbivore

Herbivore

Shrubs, succulents, herbs, trees, and woody plants, coarse desert grasses.

Status


Critically Endangered (CR)


ExtinctCommon Critically Endangered

Habitat loss and over-hunting are its two major threats – its native range is one of the poorest regions in all of Africa where little conservation action has been taken. The American Species Survival Plan is making efforts to revitalize this animal’s population.

Interesting Fact


Among the gazelles, dama gazelles are the

Largest

East African Grey-Crowned Crane

East African Grey-Crowned Crane
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Phacochoerus aethiopicus

East African Grey-Crowned Crane

Size

3.0 - 4.0

HeightFeet Tall

6.5 - 9.0

WeightPounds

Region & Habitat

Eastern and southern Africa in marshes, cultivated lands and grassy flatlands near rivers and lakes.

Diet In The Wild

Omnivore

Omnivore

Grasses, seeds, grain, insects, frogs, worms, snakes and small fish.

Status


Endangered (EN)


ExtinctCommon Endangered

Habitat loss or deterioration of critical habitat, along with power line collisions and unintentional poisoning are major threats. The American Species Survival Plan is making efforts to revitalize this animal’s population.

Interesting Fact


Some believe this bird and its dances cause

Rain

African Lion

African Lion
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Panthera leo

African Lion

Size

5.0 - 8.0

LengthFeet Long (male)

4.5 - 5.5

LengthFeet Long (female)

Region & Habitat

Africa, south of the Sahara Desert in savannas with thick brush.

Diet In The Wild

Carnivore

Carnivore

Antelope, zebra, and other hoofed animals.

Status


Vulnerable (VU)


ExtinctCommon Vulnerable

Humans are increasingly moving into areas where lions live, creating human-wildlife struggles. The American Species Survival Plan is making efforts to revitalize this animal’s population.

Interesting Fact


Lions can sleep up to

21 Hours per Day

Dromedary Camel

Dromedary Camel
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Camelus Dromedarius

Dromedary Camel

Size

6.0 - 6.5

HeightFeet Tall

1,000 - 1,500

WeightPounds

Region & Habitat

Northern Africa and southwestern Asia in deserts.

Diet In The Wild

Herbivore

Herbivore

Desert vegetation including dry, thorny plants.

Status


Least Concern (LC)


ExtinctCommon Least Concern

Camel populations are actually very stable and integrate well with the expanding human population in many parts of the world – including Africa.

Interesting Fact


A thirsty camel can drink

30 gallons in 13 minutes