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33 Most Popular African Animals

Africa is the world’s second-largest continent (Asia is the largest). With habitats ranging from tropical rainforest to desert, Africa is home to many of the world’s best-known animals, Africa is home to some of the most well known, loved, and feared animals in the world!
We have listed for you 33 Most Popular Africa animals which is just a fraction of all animals found in African Continent.

African Buffalo

Buffalo are extraordinarily large, ox-like animals. Standing approximately sixty five inches at the shoulder, adult adult males have a mass of as much as 1760 pounds and females weigh up to 1650 pounds. To assist the big body, the legs are very heavy. The front hooves are large than the hind due to the more mass they create within the big head and thick neck. Each sexes convey horns, which within the adult males can grow to at least one. 5m. Buffalo varies extensively in size, with some of the forest populations half of the scale of those from the plains and savannah.Buffalo Life expectancy range from 18 to 20 years in the wild, up to 29 years in captivity.


The King of the Jungle, the 2nd biggest CAT after the Tiger, the Lion is today regarded a vulnerable species, with its populace decline of 30% to 50% percentage in the remaining 20 years. Lions are unique among cats in that the male can easily be differentiated  from the female (lioness) due to the fact he possesses a mane of hair. As in most cats, the eyes are tailored for seeing at night when they do a lot of hunting. The claws can be retracted in sheaths to forestall them getting blunted when strolling across the savannah, which they can do almost noiselessly on soft pads.


The African giraffe, the tallest land mammal, is one of the most characteristic animals of Africa and is a highlight for many visitors on safari. Giraffes live primarily in savanna areas in the sub-Saharan region of Africa. Their extreme height allows them to eat leaves and shoots located much higher than other animals can reach. In particular, they seek out acacia trees. Their long tongues are helpful in eating because they help pull leaves from the trees. Spending most of the day eating, a full-grown giraffe consumes over 45 kg (100 lb.) of leaves and twigs a day.They live up to 25 years in the wild. You might also be interested on How Giraffes sleep


Leopards are big cats known for their golden, spotted bodies and graceful, yet ferocious hunting techniques. They are often thought of as an African animal, but leopards live all over the world. Though their reach is vast, their numbers are declining. The male usually weigh around 35kg to 75kg, they normally spend the night time hunting instead of sleeping, You might also be interested to know the Main Difference between Cheetah and Leopard.

African Elephant

They are the world’s largest terrestrial mammal. There are two recognized subspecies of this iconic animal: bush (or savanna) and forest. African bush elephants are the larger of the two and their tusks curve out, while their forest-dwelling cousins are darker and have tusks that are straighter and that point downward. Their life expectancy is between 60 to 70 years, Weights 2000kg to 6100kg, that is 7 TONS.

Rhino - Rhinoceros

Rhinoceroses are large, herbivorous mammals identified by their characteristic horned snouts. The word "rhinoceros" comes from the Greek "rhino" (nose) and "ceros" (horn). There are five species and 11 subspecies of rhino; some have two horns, while others have one.

Because the animals' horns are used in folk medicine for their supposed healing properties, rhinos have been hunted nearly to extinction. Their horns are sometimes sold as trophies or decorations, but more often they are ground up and used in traditional Chinese medicine. The powder is often added to food or brewed in a tea in the belief that the horns are a powerful aphrodisiac, a hangover cure and treatment for fever, rheumatism, gout and other disorders, according to the International Rhino Foundation.

Rhino weighs around 2300Kg and are herbivores meaning  they only eat  vegetation.


The Nile Crocodile is the second largest reptile in the world after the salt-water crocodile. It is occurring mostly in the central, eastern, and southern regions of the African continent, lives in different aquatic environments, such as lakes, rivers and marshlands.

The Nile crocodile is a predator and a very aggressive species of crocodile that is capable of taking almost any animal within its range. They prefer different species of fish, reptiles,birds and mammals.


Monkey is a common name that may refer to groups or species of mammals, in part, the simians of infraorder Simiiformes. The term is applied descriptively to groups of primates, such as families of New World monkeys and Old World monkeys.

There are more than 260 species of Monkeys found in the world today. They are derived from early primates that have been around for millions of years. Below is 16 types of monkeys.

  1. Baboon
  2. Capuchin Monkey
  3. Blue Monkey
  4. Mandrill
  5. Japanese Macaque
  6. Howler Monkey
  7. Golden Lion Tamarin
  8. Gibbon
  9. Common Marmoset
  10. Rhesus Macaque
  11. Pygmy Marmoset
  12. Proboscis Monkey
  13. Monkey Species
  14. Vervet Monkey
  15. Squirrel Monkey
  16. Spider Monkey

Hippos (Hippopotamus)

African Wild dog




African Bush Elephant



African fox dog






White Rhino




Common Warthog 


Honey Badger

Mountain Gorilla