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Quiz about The Trivia Winners on Safari
Quiz about The Trivia Winners on Safari

'The Trivia Winners' on Safari Quiz


Come join 'The Trivia Winners' as they go on safari. Questions are all about the animals of the African continent and there may be an extinct species or two along the way. Good luck!

A multiple-choice quiz by Team The Trivia Winners. Estimated time: 6 mins.
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Author
jonnowales
Time
6 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
323,005
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Average
Avg Score
7 / 10
Plays
3766
Awards
Top 5% quiz!
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Question 1 of 10
1. From the relative safety of the safari vehicle The Trivia Winners spot their first wild animal. With binoculars out they realize that they have stumbled across a gnu. One of the members of the safari team wonders if the gnu has another name. The guide tells us that the gnu is indeed known by another name, but what is it? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. Moving on we found another animal coming out of a burrow. This is that first animal of the alphabet, the aardvark. His long snout and excellent sense of smell are just perfect for devouring his favorite meal, ants and termites. To what animal is the aardvark closely related? Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. As we move along the Savannah, The Trivia Winners spot a camelopardalis (Latin for camel leopard). Our guide tells us the animal is older due to the darkness of his spots, and male because of his bald horns. We are also told that he only requires a couple of hours of sleep a day and has excellent eyesight. The females of the species travel in herds and the calves can actually run within a few hours of birth! We marvel at his beauty as he eats leaves from a nearby acacia tree. Do you know which animal we are happily watching? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. From our Trivia Winners safari boat, we spot a pod of water-loving animals who look like giant pigs. Adults sink to walk along the bottom of the river, babies ride on the backs of their mothers, and some even sleep underwater. We want a closer look. Our guide says, "No, pasop vir seekoeie! Beware!" This animal will attack crocodiles, lions, hyenas, people and even boats! Which massive creature has stubby legs, but is most closely related to a whale and a porpoise? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. White and black are the two species of rhino found in Africa and are both endangered because of hunting and poaching. Some cultures believe their horns have magical qualities. Their horns, however, are really... Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. I see some animals up ahead and there are quite a few of them living together. They are meerkats, each of them seems to be performing particular duties in the community. What North American animal has a similar social structure? Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. Although most of our attention has been on the ground, a brightly coloured bird landing on top of an isolated tree catches our eyes. Its bill is black, its eyes are brown, and it has large wings. A second one appears, in a fast shallow dive with a distinctive rocking motion, making loud raucous calls. What is the name of this breed of bird? Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. Our guide on the savannah cautions us to never stop for a rest against a tree as we may fall victim to an arboreal attack by Africa's most feared reptile. This snake is the fastest in the world, capable of covering ground at speeds of 20 km/h, and averages an impressive 2.4 meters in height. The neurotoxicity of this snake's venom is so high that respiratory paralysis is followed by death within an hour of several nasty bites (this snake is a repeat attacker). If you have the antivenin handy, you should be just fine! Which African snake has garnered this ferocious reputation, but in actuality avoids human contact unless provoked or threatened? Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. Probably the most amazing thing about Acinonyx is its ability to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/hr (63 mph) in 3 seconds! Experts speculate that during the last ice age this species had to endure prolonged inbreeding to survive resulting in weakness in gametes and leaving them genetically fragile. Acinonyx males tend to be social and form "coalitions" with other males for life while females will tend to hunt alone. Which beautiful cat are we observing? Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. While we hike the amazing Atlas Mountains, our guide tells us of the Shimera, now extinct. It was the only native of this type in Africa. The Romans used it in execution games, and then it was hunted down for sport. A hunter killed the last one around 1845. Relatives of this stocky, acorn-eating beast still live on other continents. Don't run if you make one mad! Which African mammal is lost to us forever? Hint



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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. From the relative safety of the safari vehicle The Trivia Winners spot their first wild animal. With binoculars out they realize that they have stumbled across a gnu. One of the members of the safari team wonders if the gnu has another name. The guide tells us that the gnu is indeed known by another name, but what is it?

Answer: Wildebeest

The wildebeest, or gnu, is a type of antelope that is often seen migrating from old habitats to pastures new across Africa. The two species of African wildebeest that partake in this migration, which often takes them across rivers, are the black wildebeest and the blue wildebeest. Many people have had the delight of seeing these animals in the Serengeti National Park, Tanzania.
2. Moving on we found another animal coming out of a burrow. This is that first animal of the alphabet, the aardvark. His long snout and excellent sense of smell are just perfect for devouring his favorite meal, ants and termites. To what animal is the aardvark closely related?

Answer: None of these

The aardvark is the only surviving member of the order "Tubilidentata". It is not closely related to any other living animal. The aardvark's very slight relatives come from the same superorder, "Afrotheria", and they include the elephant shrew and the sea cow. But from the "Tubilidentata" down, the aardvark is very much the last of an order.
3. As we move along the Savannah, The Trivia Winners spot a camelopardalis (Latin for camel leopard). Our guide tells us the animal is older due to the darkness of his spots, and male because of his bald horns. We are also told that he only requires a couple of hours of sleep a day and has excellent eyesight. The females of the species travel in herds and the calves can actually run within a few hours of birth! We marvel at his beauty as he eats leaves from a nearby acacia tree. Do you know which animal we are happily watching?

Answer: Giraffe

A giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis) can live up to 25 years in the wild. The females travel in herds while the males travel either in smaller herds or by themselves. Both male and female giraffes are born with special horns on their head called ossicones and males will battle with other males in a process called 'necking' for the right to mate.

They will actually wrap their necks around each other and try to bash each others brains in! Luckily injuries are relatively rare.
4. From our Trivia Winners safari boat, we spot a pod of water-loving animals who look like giant pigs. Adults sink to walk along the bottom of the river, babies ride on the backs of their mothers, and some even sleep underwater. We want a closer look. Our guide says, "No, pasop vir seekoeie! Beware!" This animal will attack crocodiles, lions, hyenas, people and even boats! Which massive creature has stubby legs, but is most closely related to a whale and a porpoise?

Answer: Hippopotamus

The hippopotamus was described by the ancient Romans and Greeks, and appears in rock paintings 4-5,000 years ago. The hippo fought gladiators in Rome, and is still considered by many the most ferocious animal in Africa. Even so, they rarely kill each other, and female hippos are good parents.

They often sleep, mate, give birth and fight for territory in or under the water. Despite their ferocity, their numbers are dwindling due to poaching and loss of habitat. They may look cute, but hippos are very aggressive, and can easily outrun a person!
5. White and black are the two species of rhino found in Africa and are both endangered because of hunting and poaching. Some cultures believe their horns have magical qualities. Their horns, however, are really...

Answer: ...made of keratin

Keratin is the same material as found in our fingernails. Rhinos do sharpen this horn on trees and they can grow another if it gets destroyed in any manner. The keratin horn is what gets the rhino in trouble as poachers kill the whole animal just to get their hands on it.
6. I see some animals up ahead and there are quite a few of them living together. They are meerkats, each of them seems to be performing particular duties in the community. What North American animal has a similar social structure?

Answer: Prairie dogs

In both the meerkat and prairie dog community one of the group stands guard and sounds off when they see a predator. They also act as babysitters for the young. The meerkat and prairie dog, two socially similar animals, are to be found in the African and North American continents respectively.
7. Although most of our attention has been on the ground, a brightly coloured bird landing on top of an isolated tree catches our eyes. Its bill is black, its eyes are brown, and it has large wings. A second one appears, in a fast shallow dive with a distinctive rocking motion, making loud raucous calls. What is the name of this breed of bird?

Answer: Lilac breasted roller

The Lilac breasted roller, Coracias caudata, is on average 14 inches long and feeds on lizards, scorpions, snails, beetles, grasshoppers and crabs. They often live in pairs and are very territorial, especially after breeding.
8. Our guide on the savannah cautions us to never stop for a rest against a tree as we may fall victim to an arboreal attack by Africa's most feared reptile. This snake is the fastest in the world, capable of covering ground at speeds of 20 km/h, and averages an impressive 2.4 meters in height. The neurotoxicity of this snake's venom is so high that respiratory paralysis is followed by death within an hour of several nasty bites (this snake is a repeat attacker). If you have the antivenin handy, you should be just fine! Which African snake has garnered this ferocious reputation, but in actuality avoids human contact unless provoked or threatened?

Answer: Black mamba

Black mamba, Dendroaspis polylepis, is so called due to the colour of the lining of its impressive mouth, which it shows repeatedly when sensing a threat or attacking its prey. The black mamba is gray to olive green in colour and is a relative of the cobra.

While legend and film has portrayed this deadly snake as a predator of man, the black mamba preys on lizards, birds, rodents and small snakes. The diurnal black mamba, contrary to popular myth, is a primarily terrestrial creature.
9. Probably the most amazing thing about Acinonyx is its ability to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/hr (63 mph) in 3 seconds! Experts speculate that during the last ice age this species had to endure prolonged inbreeding to survive resulting in weakness in gametes and leaving them genetically fragile. Acinonyx males tend to be social and form "coalitions" with other males for life while females will tend to hunt alone. Which beautiful cat are we observing?

Answer: Cheetah

Cheetahs cannot roar but they can purr! After a high speed chase a cheetah has to rest in order to cool their body temperature back down. It's dangerous being a cheetah pup as only about 90% of them survive to adulthood however adult cheetahs have few predators. Cheetahs will eat their meal quickly though because they will generally not fight other predators but will rather abandon a catch if challenged.
10. While we hike the amazing Atlas Mountains, our guide tells us of the Shimera, now extinct. It was the only native of this type in Africa. The Romans used it in execution games, and then it was hunted down for sport. A hunter killed the last one around 1845. Relatives of this stocky, acorn-eating beast still live on other continents. Don't run if you make one mad! Which African mammal is lost to us forever?

Answer: Atlas bear

The Shimera is an Atlas bear. It was Africa's only native bear, and it was hunted to extinction in the 1800s. Some believe it was relative of the brown bear. Africa has 45 birds, 15 reptiles, 41 molluscs, some fish and nearly 40 mammals also known to be extinct. Among these are the giant tortoise, giant lizard, a buffalo, a horse, the sabre-toothed cat, a wolf, and owls, parrots and herons. Happily eleven additional species, while extinct in the wild, have members living in refuges and zoos. Knowing this, our Safari treasures every animal we've seen in Africa all the more!
Source: Author jonnowales

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