Three of the most powerful African mammals | Tunde Folawiyo

December 11, 2013 Editor Uncategorized

When thinking about Africa’s wildlife, particularly the most physically powerful creatures, the lion is usually the first species which springs to mind. Many people, including Tunde Folawiyo, admire this animal, whose hunting skills and majestic stature allow it to thrive in even the most challenging of landscapes. But this creature is not the only powerful beast to exist amongst Africa’s wildlife; there are in fact several other mammals who, whilst not quite as quick, are just as strong.

Hippos are one such example. These semi-aquatic mammals spend a large portion of their days in swamps, rivers and lakes. Although they are herbivores, and appear to be rather docile when watched from afar, they can become aggressive if they feel that their territory has been threatened. Not only do they weigh up to 3600kg, and have one of the strongest bites in the world, but they also can reach speeds of up to 19 miles per hour when charging towards a perceived ‘enemy’. As such, it is wise to only admire these creatures from a distance. Statistics indicate that they kill approximately 300 people annually.

Tunde FolawiyoThe Black Rhino is another surprisingly powerful mammal. This species can be distinguished by its trumpet-like ears, pointed upper lip and large head. Like the hippo, this animal is a herbivore, and has been known to consume over 220 different plant species. They usually reside in bushland and thick scrub, as this is where the highest quantities of plants can be found. They weigh up to 1400kg, and have two extremely sharp horns in the centre of their face. These grow several inches each year, and can reach lengths of over one metre in some cases. The horns, coupled with this species body weight, allow it to easily attack predators and protect its young, although this species rarely comes into conflict with humans. A sub-species of the Black Rhino went extinct two years ago, much to the dismay of many including Tunde Folawiyo.

African buffalos are another exceptionally strong species, which roam the plains of the African savannah. Whilst the males live solitary lives, the females protect themselves and their young by forming large herds. These animals often weigh up to 900kg, and are four times stronger than oxen, which is why they are often able to push over cars, raid crop fields and break fences. They have also been known to attack those that hunt them. However, these types of occurrences have become a rarity as more and more herds are now kept inside large national parks, where they are free to wander, without interacting with humans.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>