South Africa is a biodiversity-rich country that sits at the tip of the African continent. This is where the icy, cold Atlantic Ocean meets the warm, tropical Indian Ocean. It’s an area of land covered in a diversity of animal and plant species and a must-visit destination for any traveller. Approximately 300 mammals and 900 bird species are found in South Africa alone. South Africa is bursting with wonderful wildlife! When visiting South Africa, look out for these unique and interesting animals: Baboon Driving along the open roads in SouthAfrica, especially between cities and towns, you are likely toencounter a troop of baboons. The Cape baboons are an example of adominant troop that many tourists, and locals, encounter when in CapeTown. These baboons are one of the largest monkey species. Theyprefer eating fruit and insects and sit by the roadside hoping fortourists to throw them an easy meal. Baboons are extremely crafty,very intelligent and most adaptable as well, part of the reason theyare considered by the natives to be pests. Please only take photosof wild animals, do not feed them as it onlyencourages aggression. Cheetah Everybody knows how fast a cheetah is, but do you know how many spots it […]
A young cheetah has been captured while wandering the streets of Abu Dhabi, an animal welfare activist said Sunday. Raghad Auttabashi said the wild cat had been spotted behind a house in the Emirati capital’s Al Karamah district on Sunday morning. Police and wildlife experts were called to the scene, and the injured cheetah was later caught by a pest control worker. Auttabashi, of the Al Rahma animal welfare organization, said no one had been hurt in the incident; “everyone was fine and safe.” The cheetah, which had suffered a broken left front paw, was taken to the Abu Dhabi Wildlife Center for medical treatment. Cheetahs are native to Africa and parts of the Middle East, but are not thought to live in the wild in the United Arab Emirates. According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species, the cheetah is classed as ‘vulnerable’ — there are thought to be just 7,500 of the creatures left in the wild.