Africa is the basin from which life on land sprang millions of years ago, so it makes sense that the continent would have a vast selection of animals. This huge stretch of land soaks up the beating sun, plants flourish here, and it features several rivers and watering holes, which make for an ideal environment for many. From the minibeasts that live in its cave systems to the behemothic elephants that stomp its sands, Africa’s wildlife is rich and diverse.
Yet thanks to the impact of man, here and all over the globe several of these species are seen less and less. Environmental changes and hunting are the top causes for Africa’s creatures reaching extinction, and unfortunately these haven’t come to a stop. Though several places aim to create conservations and therefore keep populations safe, those out in the wild are still dwindling. Here are some of the animals native to Africa that are spotted less and less.
It may surprise some people to know that Africa even has penguins. The Jackass Penguin as it is also known used to be numerous on the continent, but sea animals are at a heightened danger in the modern day world. From their eggs being seen as a culinary delight to the competition over their food from fisherman, these creatures have had a lot to compete with. Several oil spills in the waters surrounding Africa have also greatly affected their numbers, polluting their environment. Luckily thanks to their ability to tolerate mild weather, these birds fair well in conservation and can commonly be seen in zoos and aquariums.
These friendly looking little fellows will bring your guard down if you see one, but don’t be fooled by their cuteness these animals are vicious. These rapid and relentless creatures can cause great harm to any animal that approaches. It’s likely that changes to their habitat and the availability of their main food source (take a guess) are what have prevented this award winningly fearless animal from populating further.
The well-known big cat that has recently stood as an icon of Africa thanks to the Marvel movie Black Panther, is unfortunately on its way to extinction. What many people don’t know is that the Panther is actually another breed of cat (Leopard, Jaguar or Cougar), a recessive gene causes its colour to be entirely black instead of patterned, similar to the way albinism turns animals white. The number of Panthers in the wild are approaching zero at a staggering rate
Northern White Rhinoceros
This particular species of the titanic land dweller is discerned from others not by it’s colour but by its square mouth. Rhinos have been prey to poachers for a long while thanks to the huge chunk of ivory they wear atop their heads – their horn. Despite the protection Africa has put on the species, money hungry hunters didn’t ease off their attacks. Because of this the population of the Northern White Rhino is down to an irreversible two. These two females live in Kenya and are sadly the last of their kind.