We hope you had fun taking the quiz recently published, now we give you the answers and some interesting facts to keep you learning and dreaming of Africa.
1. Can you identify these animals?
2. A group of lions is called a? Pride
Prides are family units that may comprise anywhere from two to 40 lions—including up to to three or four males, a dozen or so females, and their young. All of a pride's lionesses are related, and female cubs typically stay with the group as they age. Young males eventually leave and establish their own prides by taking over a group headed by another male.
3. The gestation period of an elephant is? 22 months
Elephants have the longest gestation period of all mammals, carrying their young for nearly two years before giving birth. Long developmental periods are common among highly intelligent animals. Since elephants are the largest living and biggest-brained land animal in the world, there's a lot of developing for elephants to do in the womb.
4. Another name for the African wild dog is? Painted Wolf
The Latin name for the African wild dog means “painted wolf” and this is a well-deserved name as no two wild dogs have the same markings, which makes them easily identifiable as individuals.
5. In terms of IUCN conservation status, Bat-eared foxes are classified as? Least Concern Established in 1964, The International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List of Threatened Species has evolved to become the world’s most comprehensive information source on the global conservation status of animal, fungi and plant species.
6. Can you identify these birds?
7. What is the largest African species in the kingfisher family (Alcedinidae)? Giant Kingfisher
In Southern Africa, the Giant kingfisher is found mostly in the wetter western area. Its range is very close to water, with an ample supply of food, preferably with overhanging branches or perches used for hunting.
8. Largest living bird in Africa? Common Ostrich
Found across Africa’s hot savannahs and open woodland, the ostrich is the world’s largest bird. It stands up to a massive 2.7m tall and weighs as much as 159kg.
9. Africa’s smallest bird of prey? African Pygmy Falcon
The pygmy falcon, or African pygmy falcon, is a falcon that lives in eastern and southern Africa and is the smallest raptor on the continent. As a small falcon, only 19 to 20 cm long.
10. Can you name three resident species in the bee-eater family (Meropidae)? Little, white-fronted and swallow-tailed
The bee-eaters are a group of near passerine birds in the family Meropidae, containing three genera and twenty-seven species. Most species are found in Africa and Asia, with a few in southern Europe, Australia, and New Guinea. They are characterised by richly coloured plumage, slender bodies, and usually elongated central tail feathers. All have long down-turned bills and medium to long wings, which may be pointed or round.
11. In what country would you find these landmarks?
12. Wilderness operates in how many African countries? Seven Operating in seven countries with over 40 camps, we exist to protect wilderness areas and the fauna and flora they support. We believe that in protecting these areas, and including local communities in this process, we will make a difference to Africa and ultimately the world.
13. The Victoria Falls is also known as “Mosi-oa-Tunya”, which means? The Smoke That Thunders
The incredibly loud roar of the Zambezi River as it rushes over the cliffs to form the Victoria Falls is guaranteed to take your breath away. The falls are nicknamed Mosi-oa-Tunya; which means 'The smoke that thunders', by the locals, due to the billowing clouds of mist that rise up and drench everything and everyone in its reach when the river is in flood.
14. What is the most common antelope found in Sossusvlei? Oryx (Gemsbok)
Oryx can survive long period without water (even couple of weeks). Unlike other mammals, oryx can raise its body temperature to prevent perspiration and loss of body-water during the day.
15. Which Wilderness Safaris camps are these?
16. In what year was Wilderness founded? 1983
Founded in Botswana in 1983, Wilderness is widely acclaimed as the continent’s foremost ecotourism operator, dedicated to conserving and restoring Africa’s wilderness and wildlife. We do this by creating life-changing journeys for our guests in some of the most remote and pristine areas in Africa – and in so doing help conserve Africa’s spectacular biodiversity and share ecotourism’s benefits with the communities that live alongside these areas.
17. The Wilderness logo is symbolic of our commitment to protecting pristine and remote wilderness areas. What bird is depicted in the logo? African Skimmer
The African skimmer is the only representative of its family in Africa and its life cycle requires the existence of pristine ecosystems; places where natural flood cycles are not interrupted by manmade dams, and waters sullied by erosion or pollution. These are the areas that Wilderness operates in, and where proceeds from safaris are channelled towards funding the conservation of these habitats. The skimmer is symbolic of our commitment to the conservation of pristine and remote wilderness areas.
18. As a conservation organisation and a responsible ecotourism operator, Wilderness adheres to the philosophy of the 4Cs. Can you name the 4 Cs? Commerce, Conservation, Community and Culture
As a conservation organisation and a responsible ecotourism operator Wilderness believes fully in its vision of the 4Cs – Commerce, Conservation, Community and Culture – as contributing meaningfully to the wildlife and the people of Africa.
19. Wilderness protects approximately how many hectares of land? 2.3 million hectares
We protect more than 2.3 million hectares across 8 biomes, home to more than 1000 birds, 250 mammal, 200 reptile and 50 amphibian species – including 33 IUCN Red List species.
20. For the Wilderness stalwarts … can you name these conservation initiatives?
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