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2011, Wildlife

Lauren Della Bella - Hippopotamus is from the ancient Greek meaning 'river horse'. They spend their days in the water to help stay coolDan Fillipi - Although a plant eating mammal, hippos are one of the most aggressive animals in AfricaKen Spint - Hippos are not fast swimmers but on land they can run as fast as a man
Thomas Karnik - Female hippos reach sexual maturity at 5-6 years and has a gestation period of eight months.Rob Van Nus - An estimated 1.4 million wildebeest travel as a herd during the 'great migration' as they search for grassDanielle Moriarty - One of the greatest risks wildebeest endure during their migration is crossing the Mara River. Many perish by being trampled or eaten by crocodiles
Kevin Gentry - The migration of the wildebeest has no beginning or end, it is a continuous search for food and waterLauren Della Bella - The topi is found in East African countries including Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and RwandaDylan Lee - Zebras are black animals with white stripes and the stripes are completely unique to each individual
Betsy Forslund - Zebras are found throughout Eastern and Southern Africa and live in herds for protection against predatorsDeborah Albert - There are over 90 species of lemur that live exclusively on the island of MadagascarJan Davies - Playful vervet monkeys live in groups up to 72 members
Deborah Albert - Chameleons have extremely long tongues that hit its prey at 30 thousandths of a second and grab it with its mucus covered tipFabienne Girad - Dung beetles can roll up to 50 times their weight in dungMarci Blitcher - 'Kabatwa' a member of the Hirwa group in Rwanda's Volcanoes National Park, gave birth to rare twin boys in June 2011
Jan Davies - Gorillas are the largest living primates and are endangered species due to heavy poaching and destruction of their habitatMichael Levine - Gorillas have a unique nose print that researchers use to identify individualsMickey Koplove - Gorillas have a full range of emotion including fear, greed, joy and love
Danielle Moriarty - The DNA of gorillas is 98%-99% identical to that of humans and are the next closest living relatives to humans after two chimpanzee speciesDan Fillipi - Mountain gorillas are herbivores and prefer a diet of stems, leaves and shoots although they sometimes ingest small insectsChris Swindal - Lion cubs are born with brown rosettes (spots) on their fur which will fade with age
Art Meyer - Lionesses give birth to 1-4 cubs in a secluded den and then integrate them back into the pride at 6-8 weeks oldJan Davies - Lion populations are decreasing with an estimated 30-50 percent decline over the last two decades.Chris Swindal - Common lion communication occurs with head rubbing and social licking
Louisa Gralla - Sub-adult male lions have to leave the pride when they reach maturity at around 2-3 years oldMickey Koplove - Lions spend much of their time resting and are inactive for about 20 hours a dayTim Fleeger - A lioness stretches and prepares for an evening of hunting
Dylan Lee - Lionesses do the majority of hunting for their pride due to being smaller and swifter than malesDebbie McDougall - A lion's eyesight is 5 times better than a human and can hear prey from a mile awayJack Ledyard - Lions can go 4 days without water
Bill Powell - Tree climbing lions can be seen in several parks in East Africa including Tanzania's Lake Manyara and in the Ishahsa region of Uganda's Queen Elizabeth National ParkChet Stein - The mane on an adult male lion is unique among cats and makes the lion appear larger during confrontationsSandra Brice - Male lions patrol a territory covering about 100 square miles
Jean Stiles - Leopards have very sharp eyesight and can spot prey at a distance of 1.5 kilometers (.93 mile). They also have keen sense of smell and hearingFabienne Girad - A leopard's spots help them blend in to their surroundings and this camouflage aids in their stealth hunting skillsJack Hodge - Males leopards weigh between 80-200 pounds and females between 60-132 pounds
Bill Powell - Leopards are known for their climbing skills and spend much of their days lounging on trees limbsManny Gutierrez - Mother leopards will hid their cubs in dense brush or hollow tree trunks when huntingRod McDowall - The ultimate solitary predator, adult leopards come together only to mate
John Leech - Leopards hunt about 90 different species of animals including monkeys, rodents, reptiles, hoofed mammals and birdsJared Flinn - Using a tree to its fullest advantage, this leopard gazes out across the Serengeti plains in search of prey and predatorsSamuel Denbo - A juvenile leopard uses a termite mound to spot game
Kevin Gentry - Within a herd of elephants, there is a female matriarch that is in charge of the familyDylan Lee - A female elephant endures 22 months of pregnancy before giving birth to its young. Calves weigh approximately 250 pounds at birthTim Fleeger - The elephant's trunk is a fusion of its lip and nose and a versatile appendage
Lauren Della Bella - Elephants are herbivores and browse for food up to 16 hours a day, feeding on leaves, bark, grass and fruit from treesDebbie McDougall - The elephant's skin is very tough and thick measuring 1 inch throughout its body except for around its mouth and inside the ears which is extremely thin and delicateKevin Gentry - A cheetah's black 'tear marks' keeps sunlight out of its eyes and aid in hunting and seeing long distances
Michael Hafner - Male cheetah are very sociable and will group together for life. These 'coalitions' tend to be brothers although single males may join an existing groupSandra Brice - A cheetah hunts by vision rather than by scent. Termite mounds offer an elevated vantage point to seek out preyGreg Nelson - Female cheetah typically have a litter of 2 or 3 cubs who live with her for up to 2 years
Kevin Gentry - A group of giraffe is known as a 'journey'Jared Flinn - Giraffe give birth standing up with the infant falling almost 5 feet to the ground. The baby is able to stand and walk within 30 minutes of birthJennifer Mullen - The horn of a rhino is made of keratin, the same type of protein that makes up hair and fingernails. This white rhino is recognizable due to its flat broad mouth used for grazing
Kimberly Gonzales - White rhinos (pictured here) are the second largest land mammal in Africa and can exceed 7,700 pounds where the black rhino are smaller and average 1,900-3,500 poundsBeth Tetterton - Cape buffalos are capable swimmers and often cross deep water in search of better grazingLauren Della Bella - Oxpeckers and Cape buffalo have a symbiotic relationship. The birds feast off the ticks and flies on the buffalo's hide while the buffalo gets an early warning signal against predators from the birds
Bob Natalini - African wild dogs hunt in packs and are the most successful hunters on the continent with 80% of their hunts ending with a killChris Swindal - Wild dog are usually on the move in search for prey and have very large home ranges, some averaging 900 square miles