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Animals
There are more different animals in Africa than in any other continent.

How many?

  • 60 species of ferocious meat-eating mammal, including the cheetah and leopard.

  • 90 different animals with hooves

  • 45 types of monkey and two great apes - our closest relatives, the chimpanzee and the gorilla.

  • An astonishing 2,000 different freshwater fish in Africa - one lake alone contains 200

  • Marine mammals like whales, dolphins and porpoises.


  • 1,775 types of bird, including the ostrich and the eagle.

  • Reptiles in the region include lizards, snakes, crocodiles and tortoises.

  • If you prefer creepy-crawlies, there's butterflies, stick insects, termites, ants, grasshoppers, dung beetles and many spiders.

Animals in danger

Sadly several of the species in Africa are endangered.

A species is said to be endangered when there are so few of its kind left it could disappear from the planet altogether and become "extinct".

Extinct means when an animal hasn't been seen in the wild for 50 years.

Elephants are killed for their ivory tusks, which are used for jewellery and medicine in some countries.

And although buying and selling crocodile skins is illegal in many African countries, people still do it.

Check out Newsround on Thursday 30 January at 5.25pm to see how chimps are being rescued from abuse on a special island sanctuary in Uganda


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