Friday, January 9, 2009

Miscellaneous Animals

This lovely animal is an Adra Gazelle. You can find out all about her here. To me she seemed a very delicate, beautiful little thing with a gentle air about her. Addra Gazelles are active during the day. In former times they could be seen in herds of as many as 500. The average herd size is now 15-20 animals. The drastic reduction is due largely to poaching.


We all know of the Zebra and I've already posted pictures of his companion, the Cattle Egret.

Grant's Zebra is one of several sub-species of Plains zebras. They are numerous throughout a very wide area in Africa south of the Sahara. They inhabit savannahs, plains, and in some cases mountainous regions.
You can find out more about the Zebra here.

An ostrich has been seen to pass an antelope in full gallop at 40 miles per hour, a feat which places it among the fastest of all birds, in spite of the fact that it does not fly.
You can read more here.

The White Rhinoceros. The word rhinoceros is derived from Greek, meaning nose horn which is their most distinctive feature. The white rhinoceros derives its scientific name, Ceratotherium simum from the Greek cerato, meaning horn; thorium, meaning wild beast and simum meaning flat nosed. You can find out more about him here.

7 comments:

Strawberry Jam Anne said...

What a pretty little gazelle and I love the shot of the zebra with the egret - looks as though they are buddies! A x

magiceye said...

all of them so beautiful in their own right! lovely captures!

Leedra said...

Have enjoyed all the zoo photos. Was glad to see the Rhino, always love them. Think of the song at Christmas, All I want for Christmas is a Rhinoceros!, oldie, but I love hearing it.

The Birdlady said...

Very nice, Denise! The little gazelle is really delicate-looking - beautiful.

Mary said...

Such skinny legs on that gazelle! Wonderful shots of all of these animals. I like the zebra and egret.

"Ice Pony Girl" said...

What pretty animals!

2sweetnsaxy said...

Nice shots! Those rhinos are some amazing creatures aren't they? And hugh! :-)