To ward off predators and attract mates, the springbok leaps into the air, arches its back, and stiffens its legs. This is known as pronking.
Photograph by ARCO, Nature Picture Library
Pygmy hippopotamuses can weigh up to 600 pounds. That may sound huge, but a regular hippo can weigh close to 8,000 pounds!
Photograph by Cyril Ruoso, Minden Pictures
When threatened, ground pangolins roll into balls so only their sharp scales are exposed.
Photograph by Nigel Dennis, Age Fotostock
Being tall comes in handy when plucking leaves from trees. But to drink water, a giraffe must spread its long legs outward and lower its head.
Photograph by Richard Du Toit, Minden Pictures
Baboons live in groups called troops. Troop members groom each other to show friendship and strengthen social bonds.
Photograph by Doug Steakley, Getty Images
Meerkats will stand together on a high point such as a termite mound to look for predators like snakes and hawks.
Photograph by Martin Harvey, Getty Images
Gray crowned cranes, which mate for life, perform dances to show they’re interested in each other.
Photograph by Peter Waechtershaeuser, Minden Pictures
Short-eared elephant shrews eat insects by using their tongues to flick the bugs into their mouths. Talk about bad table manners!
Photograph by belizar73, Getty Images
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African Savanna feat. DJ Ecotone - Ep. 4
The African savanna is full of animal sounds. But when DJ Ecotone mixes them up, things really come alive! Check out this video by DJ Ecotone that features lions, monkeys, elephants, zebras, hyenas, rhinos, and baboons.