Interesting trivia about Africa's diverse species
Long considered to be a subspecies of the African elephant, the Africa forest elephant is now considered by many scientists to be its own species—separate from the African savanna, or bush, elephant. It is smaller than the better-known savanna elephant, has tusks that are straight and point downward, unlike the savanna elephants curved tusks, and has rounded ears while the savanna elephant’s ears are more pointed.
New camera-trap footage shows a genet on the back of a black rhinoceros in South Africa. Craig Sholley, wildlife biologist and vice president of the African Wildlife Foundation, says genets likely jump on big herbivores to search for food. "It’s novel, but nothing in the world of nature surprises me anymore," Sholley says. "That’s why I keep going back to Africa."
Unlike many ungulates in Africa, zebras do not require short grass to graze. Instead, they eat a wide variety of different grasses, sometimes even eating leaves and young trees. As a result, zebras can range more widely than many other species, often venturing into woodlands. Zebras are considered to be “pioneer grazers”—preparing plains for more specialized grazers who rely on short, nutritional grasses.