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A - Z of ZA: Mammals
Animals by Region
"ZA is the international code for South Africa. This quiz covers some of the amazing animals found in our land."
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A is for Aardwolf. What is the aardwolf's diet?
Termites and other insects
Small mammals and birds
B is for Bushbaby. Where, in South Africa, are bushbabies found?
The northern and eastern parts
The semi-desert areas
The western Cape coast
The Drakensburg mountains
C is for Civet. Which statement is true about the civet?
Civets live in family groups of 8 to 20 individuals
Civets are members of the cat family
Civets have regular latrine sites, known as civetries
Civets are similar in size to a mongoose
D is for Dassie. Which animal is the dassie most closely related to?
E is for Elephant. How do elephant matriarchal herds interact with each other, when meeting up?
They will try to chase the other herd off
This does not happen. Only male herds travel, matriarchal herds remain in defined areas
They will ignore the other herd, while moving away
They greet each other with affection
F is for Fox. Which two species of fox are found in South Africa?
Cape fox and bat-eared fox
Cape fox and desert fox
Red fox and desert fox
Maned fox and red fox
G is for Giraffe. Which statement best describes a giraffe's social or herd characteristics?
The herds are loose, unstable groups, constantly changing
Females and calves form a herd, and males form a separate bachelor herd
Herds are family groups with a dominant male, females and calves
They are solitary animals who do not form herds
H is for Hippopotamus. What, when and how do hippos eat?
They eat fish and river plants during the day
They eat fish, caught by family groups
They graze at night on land
They eat river plants while in the water
I is for Impala. Which statement best describes the horns of the impala?
Straight vertical horns on both sexes
Straight vertical horns on males only
Lyre shaped horns on both sexes
Lyre shaped horns on males only
J is for Jackal. Which Jackal species has a wider distribution in South Africa?
K is for Kudu. What does a kudu look like?
Large antelope with large ears, white vertical stripes and long spiral horns on the males
Medium size antelope with light brown colouring and lyrate horns on the males
Large, dark brown antelope with white underside and long straight horns
Small russet coloured antelope with black horizontal stripes on side
L is for Leopard. It is said that a leopard can't change its spots. What do these spots look like?
Solid round spots
Irregular large patches of dark hair rather than defined spots
Rosette shaped or broken circles of spots
Rosette shaped spots on the body, and solid spots on the face and legs
M is for Mongoose. The dwarf mongoose is the smallest, weighing in at only 220 - 350 grams. Which is the largest of the mongooses listed below?
N is for Nyala. The nyala has white vertical stripes, and spiral horns, similar to a much larger antelope. Which type does it resemble in appearance?
O is for Otter. The largest otter in South Africa is the Cape clawless otter. Besides fish and crabs, what does the otter eat?
Insects and plants
Plants and mollusks
Frogs, mollusks, small mammals, birds and insects
P is for Porcupine. Which of the following statements about porcupines is NOT true?
Porcupines are nocturnal
The porcupine is the largest rodent in southern Africa
Porcupines shoot their quills out in defense
Hollow open-ended quills on the tail act as warning rattles when vibrated
Q is for Quagga, an extinct animal resembling a zebra. Recent DNA testing from museum specimens and hides has revealed what about them?
The quagga is an individual species of the Equus family
The quagga was actually a species of antelope
The quagga was a hybrid of a zebra and a horse
The quagga is a natural variant of the plains zebra
R is for Rhinoceros. South Africa has two species of rhino, the white and the black. How many horns do they have?
Both have one horn
The white rhino has two horns, the black rhino has one
Both have two horns
The white rhino has one horn, the black rhino has two
S is for Suricate. What is the more common name for these animals?
T is for Tsessebe. What is a tsessebe?
A medium size cat with pale reddish-fawn coat and long pointed ears
A large rat-like rodent, with a short tail
A medium size antelope with lyrate horns and a sloped back
A small antelope with a crest of long hair on the forehead
U is for Ungulate, which literally means a hoofed animal. One of the two odd-toed ungulates in South Africa ia the zebra; which is the other?
V is for Vervet Monkey. This is the most common monkey found in Southern Africa. What are its common characteristics?
Black face surrounded by white hair on the head. Russet fur on the body.
Black face, white forehead and grey long coarse hair on the body.
White face with black muzzle. Yellowish-grey fur on the body.
Light pink to grey face. Black fur on head and body.
W is for Warthog. How many warts does a warthog have?
All warthogs have four warts
Males have 4, females have two
All warthogs have two warts
Varies between individuals, but generally between two and six
Y is for Yellow House Bat. Which family does the yellow house bat belong to?
Trident and leaf-nosed bats
Z is for Zebra. Which zebra species are found in South Africa?
Cape mountain zebra and Hartmann's mountain zebra
Plains zebra and Burchell's zebra
Plains zebra and Grevy's zebra
Plains zebra and Cape mountain zebra
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