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Fennec Fox

Range: North African deserts
Size: 16 inches long; weighs 2 to 3 pounds
Behavior: Because of hot climate, fennecs stay in burrows all day and hunt at night. Large ears help disperse their body heat and provide keen hearing.
Diet: Insects, rodents, lizards and bird eggs.
Tidbit: The smallest of foxes.

White Rhinoceros
Range: Zaire and South Africa
Size: 5 to 6 feet tall; 5,000 to 8,000 pounds.
Behavior: Primarily solitary; requires large individual areas because of their size and food requirements.
Diet: Grass
Tidbit: Actually is gray in color. Its name comes from the African word, weit, meaning wide, for wide-mouthed.

Chinese tufted deer
Range: Central, eastern and southern China; north Burma.
Size: About 2 feet tall; as little as 40 pounds.
Behavior: Inhabits mountainous forests and stays close to water. Usually solitary but may travel in pairs.
Diet: Grass and other vegetation.
Tidbit: Both sexes ''bark'' when suddenly alarmed or during mating season.

Range: Panama and South America
Size: Males weigh about 110 pounds; females 134 pounds.
Behavior: When pursued, takes refuge in water and can swim underwater for a considerable distance.
Diet: Grass
Tidbit: The largest living rodent.

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Range: Eastern Africa
Size: 32 to 42 inches tall; 60 to 110 pounds.
Behavior: Often stands upright on hind legs to reach food.
Diet: leaves of shrubs and trees.
Tidbit: Population declined because of hunting for skin.

Reticulated Giraffe
Range: South of the Sahara
Size: Up to 17 feet tall; 2,000 pounds.
Behavior: Usually roam in small groups of two to 10.
Diet: Leaves of the acacia and other trees.
Tidbit: Tallest animal in the world.

Range: Western Africa, including Cameroon and Congo.
Size: 32 inches tall, and 24 to 55 pounds.
Behavior: Lives on the ground by day, sleeps in trees at night.
Diet: Fruit, seeds, roots, insects, worms and frogs.
Tidbit: Threatened with extinction because of habitat destruction and being hunted as a food source.

Black Rhinoceros
Range: Eastern and southern Africa.
Size: 9 to 12 feet long, 5 feet tall; 2,200 to 3,900 pounds.
Behavior: No sweat glands for cooling so rhinos like to coat themselves with mud.
Diet: Twigs, leaves and feces of other animals, including wildebeest.
Tidbit: Horns considered an aphrodisiac in Asia can command $20,000.

West African Crowned Crane
Range: West Africa
Size: 3 feet tall.
Behavior: Very endangered, they live in shallow wetlands and grasslands.
Diet: Insects, seeds, vegetation and small fish.
Tidbit: Ancestors date back 38-54 million years.

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Range: Central and Western Africa.
Size: 300 to 600 pounds for males; 150 to 300 pounds for females.
Behavior: Live in small groups with one dominant male, several females and offspring.
Diet: Leaves, stems, shoots and fruits.
Tidbit: Skulls, hands and feet hunted for good-luck charms.


Range: Southern Africa
Size: 10 to 14 inches tall; 22 to 34 ounces.
Behavior: Prefer to stand on back legs like a prairie dog and survey the landscape.
Diet: Insects, eggs and small vertebrates.
Tidbit: Kept in South African homes to kill rodents.

THE OASISTwo-toed Sloth
Range: South America
Size: More than 2 feet long.
Behavior: Eat, sleep, mate, give birth and nurse while hanging upside down from trees. Usually touch ground only to urinate and defecate.
Diet: Leaves, shoots and fruit.
Tidbit: Individual hairs are grooved and coated with algae.

Range: Open plains throughout Australia.
Size: Up to 6 feet tall; 200 pounds.
Behavior: Can leap 40 feet and reach speeds of 30 mph.
Diet: Primarily a grass-eater, can go without water for long periods.
Tidbit: At birth, babies weigh 1/35th of an ounce and remain in mother's pouch for eight months.

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