The African Savannah

The African Savannah is full of animals and plants.  Some animals there are awesome lions, pack-hunting hyenas and African wild dogs, fast cheetahs, venomous black mambas, enormous elephants, long-necked giraffes, rhinos, Nile crocodiles that grow up to 20 feet long, human-crushing hippos , sure-footed gazelles and antelopes,African wild asses, assorted birds, 10-foot high jumping serval  cat and caracals,  striped zebras, the Great Migrating herds of wildebeest and gnus,man destroying cape buffalos,  9 foot tall ostriches, pig-like warthogs, strong leopards, daring honey badgers (a.k.a.  Ratel) , chimps, ugly baboons, monkeys, and, an occasional gorilla.

A Black Mamba curls up, ready to strike

A Black Mamba curls up, ready to strike

Black mambas are 14 foot long snakes that are faster than Olympic racers.  Their venom can kill you in less than 15 minutes.  Their favorite attacks are ambushes out of tall, thick grass.  So stay  out of tall grasses in Africa.

Hyenas and wild dogs hunt in packs, allowing them to take down animals that are much larger than themselves.  These animals are buffalo, zebras, antelopes, gazelles, and small giraffes.  Since hyenas and wild dogs are in the dog family, they can run at about 20 m.p.h. per hour for hours, allowing them to tire out their prey. Their hunting tactics are some of them bite their preys flanks, while other pack members tear at the animals torso and neck.

A mother Wild dog and pups

A mother Wild dog and pups