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A - Z of ZA: Mammals

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Fun Trivia : Quizzes : Animals by Region
A  Z of ZA  Mammals game quiz
"ZA is the international code for South Africa. This quiz covers some of the amazing animals found in our land."

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1. A is for Aardwolf. What is the aardwolf's diet?
    Termites and other insects
    Small mammals and birds

2. B is for Bushbaby. Where, in South Africa, are bushbabies found?
    The western Cape coast
    The Drakensburg mountains
    The semi-desert areas
    The northern and eastern parts

3. C is for Civet. Which statement is true about the civet?
    Civets are members of the cat family
    Civets live in Australia
    Civets are similar in size to a mongoose
    Civets have regular latrine sites, known as civetries

4. D is for Dassie. Which animal is the dassie most closely related to?

5. E is for Elephant. How do elephant matriarchal herds interact with each other, when meeting up?
    This does not happen. Only male herds travel, matriarchal herds remain in defined areas
    They will try to chase the other herd off
    They greet each other with affection
    They will ignore the other herd, while moving away

6. F is for Fox. Which two species of fox are found in South Africa?
    Red fox and desert fox
    Maned fox and red fox
    Cape fox and desert fox
    Cape fox and bat-eared fox

7. 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

8. H is for Hippopotamus. What, when and how do hippos eat?
    They eat fish, caught by family groups
    They eat fish and river plants during the day
    They eat river plants while in the water
    They graze at night on land

9. I is for Impala. Which statement best describes the horns of the impala?

    Straight vertical horns on males only
    Straight vertical horns on both sexes
    Lyre shaped horns on males only
    Lyre shaped horns on both sexes

10. J is for Jackal. Which Jackal species has a wider distribution in South Africa?
    Blacked-back jackal
    Golden jackal
    Side-striped jackal
    Simian jackal

11. 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

12. 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

13. 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?
    Banded mongoose
    Bushy-tailed mongoose
    Slender mongoose
    Water mongoose

14. 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?

15. O is for Otter. The largest otter in South Africa is the Cape clawless otter. Besides fish and crabs, what does the otter eat?
    Frogs, mollusks, small mammals, birds and insects
    Plants and mollusks
    Insects and plants

16. 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

17. 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

18. R is for Rhinoceros. South Africa has two species of rhino, the white and the black. How many horns do they have?
    The white rhino has two horns, the black rhino has one
    Both have one horn
    The white rhino has one horn, the black rhino has two
    Both have two horns

19. S is for Suricate. What is the more common name for these animals?
    Grant's Gazelle
    Ground squirrel
    Blue Duiker

20. T is for Tsessebe. What is a tsessebe?
    A medium size antelope with lyrate horns and a sloped back
    A small antelope with a crest of long hair on the forehead
    A large rat-like rodent, with a short tail
    A medium size cat with pale reddish-fawn coat and long pointed ears

21. 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?

22. 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.

23. 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

24. Y is for Yellow House Bat. Which family does the yellow house bat belong to?
    Horseshoe bats
    Fruit bats
    Vesper bats
    Trident and leaf-nosed bats

25. 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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