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Carnivores

  • Striped Hyena

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    Latin Name: Hyaena hyaena sultana

    While Striped Hyenas have a reputation for being rather mischievous, these scavenging mammals are actually quite shy. They are native to Arabia and Africa and are very secretive, solitary and nocturnal. The Striped Hyena can travel vast distances in a short period of time and has a long, black mane from the base of the head to the root of the tail. 

    Quick Facts

    Weight : 25-35 kg
    Height : 65-80 cm
    Native to : Arabia and Africa
    What they eat : Carcasses in different stages of decomposition, fresh bones, cartilages, ligaments and bone marrow.
    Interesting fact : They can survive without water for several days
  • Cheetah

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    Latin Name: Acynonyx jubatus soemmeringii

    The graceful cheetah is known as the world's fastest land mammal. They are built for speed and can accelerate from zero to a full speed of 112 km per hour in seconds. As the cheetah runs, only one foot at a time touches the ground, so keep your eyes peeled and your camera ready – if you’re lucky you can get a photo of this amazing phenomenon! 

    Quick Facts

    Weight : 21-72kg
    Height : 90 cm
    Native to : Africa and parts of Iran
    What they eat: Medium-sized mammals such as antelope, gazelles, young zebras and young wildebeests, guinea fowls and hares.
    Interesting fact : They are the worlds fastest land mammal
  • Golden Jackal

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    Latin Name: Canis aureus

    The scavenging Golden Jackal is a member of the canine family and can interbreed with domestic dogs and wolves but don’t be fooled, they aren’t cute or cuddly! They are opportunist omnivores whose long legs and curved canine teeth are adapted for hunting small mammals, birds, and reptiles. 

    Quick Facts

    Weight : 5.4 – 10 kg
    Height : 60 – 90 cm
    Native to : Europe, Africa and Asia
    What they eat : Antelopes such as dikdiks or Thomson's gazelles or even domestic sheep. They also eat snakes and other reptiles, insects, ground-dwelling birds, fruits, berries and grass.
    Interesting fact : They are very noisy and communicate with pack members by a screaming yell.
  • Caracal

    Latin Name: Caracal caracal

    The striking caracal is also known as the desert lynx and is a wild cat that is found across Africa and Asia. With their sleek, streamlined body, short, reddish gold coat and dramatic facial markings, caracals are among the most beautiful of wild cats! 

    Quick Facts

    Weight : 7.0 to 15.9 kg
    Height : 75 to 105.7 cm
    Native to : Africa and Asia
    What they eat : Rodents, birds (including ostriches), antelopes, gazelles, and rabbits..
    Interesting fact : Caracals appear to have held some religious significance for the ancient Egyptians. They were found in wall paintings, their bodies embalmed, and sculptures of caracals and other cats guarded tombs.