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African Mammals

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The African mammal display includes the elephant, a variety of small gazelles, antelope, and other herbivores, the cheetah, and the black and white rhinoceroses. The most striking thing about the display is the range of size. The elephant is the size of a minibus, while the dik dik is the size of a rabbit.

 Many of the animals have horns or tusks to help protect them, while others rely on speed or large herds for safety. The cheetah is the one of the more spectacular predators on display in the African section, and can reach speeds of 60 mph to catch their prey.

Exhibits include:

  • giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis)
  • cape buffalo (Syncerus caffer)
  • Grant's gazelle (Gazella granti)
  • impala (Aepyceros melampus)
  • white rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum)
  • black rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis)
  • springbuck (Antidorcas marsupialis)
  • gerenuk (Litocranius walleri)
  • Cape hunting dog (Lycaon pictus)
  • cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus)
  • Thomson's gazelle (Gazella thomsoni)
  • blue wildebeest (Connochaetes taurinus)
  • topi (Damaliscus lunatus)
  • hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius)
  • roan antelope (Hippotragus equinus)
  • kongoni (Alcelaphus lichtensteinii)
  • sable (Hippotragus niger)
  • red hartebeest (Alcelphus buselaphus)
  • lesser kudu (Tragelaphus imberbis)
  • blesbok (Damaliscus pygargus)
  • greater kudu (Tragelaphus strepsiceros)
  • bush buck (Tragelaphus scriptus)
  • steenbok (Raphicerus campestris)
  • common eland (Taurotraugus oryx)
  • dik dik (Madoqua kirkii)
  • red duika (Cephalophus rufilatus)
  • mountain nyala (Tragelaphus buxtoni)
  • mountain reedbuck (Redunca fulvorufula)
  • lechwe (Kobus leche)
  • waterbuck (Kobus ellipsiprymnus)
  • gemsbok (Oryx gazella)
  • elephant (Loxodonta africana)
  • fringe-eared oryx (Oryx gazella)
  • mountain zebra (Equus zebra)
  • African bush pig (Potamochoerus porcus)
  • black wildebeest (Connochaetes gnou)
  • warthog (Phacochoerus aethiopicus)

Exhibits Inside

The mounted animals on display were not hunted just to become Sierra College displays. Many were wild or zoo animals that died of natural causes. Some were taken as part of formal game management programs. Some were legally designated to be killed to prevent more harm to humans or their own populations. Subsequently they were donated to the Sierra College Natural History Museum. Their presence is intended to help us learn about, appreciate and respect the world's wildlife.
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