The savanna is found in tropical Africa, as an open landscape of grassland. It holds a dry and hot climate for half a year, which is often overcome by wildfires. Extremely hot and dry season is followed by a rainy season, which promotes growth of tall grasses.
One of the most magical qualities of savanna is that it is a loving home for a rich amount of wildlife. A lot of the wildlife is under serious thread, yet the animals don’t fail to carry a great amount of humour in them. Here are fun facts about Savanna animals. Get ready to be amazed!
Top 5 fun facts about Savanna animals
Zebra are fast runners. They can run up to 65 kilometres per hour. What’s fascinating is that foals can run alongside the herd within just a few hours of being born. No time to be a baby, when you are a baby zebra.
You must be thinking, when a creature is able to run so fast in an extremely hot and dry climate, it gets overheated. Correct! Zebras have a solution for that. Zebra’s stripes are able to disperse over 70% of heat, as air moves at dissimilar speeds over light and dark stripes. It’s like zebras carry cooling air currents on their own bodies.
Warthogs are capable of running as fast as 48 kilometres per hour. When warthogs are running away from predators, they rush to their dens and go in back first, leaving their tusks out for extra security. Usually warthogs avoid conflict but in rare instances they snap, they attack the source of danger with tusks and sharp teeth.
Warthogs have padding on their knees. Those are for added comfort when the animal kneels to get lower grass or reach those yummy bugs.
Pale foxes spend their lives in underground tunnels, which are 3 metres deep and up to 15 meters long. They come up at night to hunt for small lizards and birds, eggs, insects and fruits. You’ll never guess what their favourite fruit is. It’s a melon!
Pale foxes live in packs of 2 or 3 adults and any amount of offsprings. What adds to the “fun facts about savanna animals” here is that their packs consist of one female only. The other adults are all male! Which is very unusual for mammals.
Vervet monkeys mirror human genetics and social ways. For example, these monkeys suffer from high blood pressure, as well as stress. They have tendencies to abuse alcohol. Also, they have their ways of verbal communication with over 36 distinctive danger calls. For this connection with humans, vervet monkeys are valuable in research.
That value comes with consequences. In 1967, German scientists studying vervet monkeys got exposed to what is now known as a Vervet Monkey disease (or Marburg – as the german city where the disease originated). This virus infected 25 workers, 7 of which bled out to death. Vervet Monkey virus causes diarrhea, high fever, headache, body pain and skin ruptures. This doesn’t fall under “fun facts about savanna animals”, however a very relevant fact for 2020.
Honey badgers are able to dig burrows to rest or hide in. If needed, they are able to dig one in just a matter of minutes. However, when there is a den available, they aren’t shy to take over someone else’s home. Honey badgers are known to occupy residences of foxes, mongooses… just about any hole someone else has dug will work for a honey badger.
Honey badgers aren’t picky eaters. They will eat birds, eggs, roots, fruits, plants, larvae, insects, mammals, reptiles, and anything else in between. Honey badgers’ teeth are so sharp that they can even cut through a tortoise’s shell! On the other hand, their skin is so thick that often it can even seep off a snake bite. Now aren’t these some kind of super powers?
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