Zimbabwe is a well-known country for the taste of wildlife and mountain landscapes. Zimbabwe’s park indeed used to teem wildlife. The Hwange National Park is one of many having a great diversity of wildlife. It is the best home for the grazing giraffes and zebras. The enormous number of elephants, burly buffalo, great tranches of Nile crocodile, black rhino, and an ample number of predators including lion, leopard, wildcats, cheetah, and jackal are found in the floodplains in Zimbabwe. Even the several bird species approximately 685 species in numbers like Nyasa lovebird, Livingstone’s flycatcher, bee-eaters banded snake eagle, yellow-billed kites are also found there out of which 10 are globally threatened species and two are introduced species. The Hwange National Park is considered as the home for zebra and giraffes.
Here are the few interesting facts about the wildlife of Zimbabwe:
Lions of Woodland and Savanna in Zimbabwe:
The lions living in the habitat of woodland and open savanna in Zimbabwe used to feel the pride to move in groups of 4 to 12 and the males used to move in 1 to 6, dissimilar to the females. They used to hunt the prey collectively and individually but most of the hunts are done by the females. And the most favorable prey they love to eat is zebra, wildebeest, buffalo, porcupines, giraffes, and warthogs. Wildcats are also species that terrestrial-bound in Zimbabwe’s wildlife. Wildcats are also being trained as therapy cat in various other regions of the world.
The big elephants are found in Zimbabwe:
The elephants are called as the biggest land mammals of the world mostly found in the Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe with a diverse number of species of elephants and the herds of elephants used to come here from the surrounding bushes to stay for long and can drink water up to 50 gallons per day and can eat almost 22 hours per day. The elephant species found there used to have the elongated nose and upper lips in the form of a trunk and both the genders used to have the pair of tusk growing downwards. They can survive in a variety of habitats but are exclusively herbivores who loves to eat grass more and the ripe fruits partially and the wild almond and marula.
National Symbol, “Roan Antelope”
The national symbol of Zimbabwe is sable antelope. And its close species, “roan antelope” is also found in Zimbabwe. They are mostly brown and the sable antelopes are mostly found in black. They are mostly required by the photographers to be clicked and liked by the hunters due to their scimitar horns. They show severe aggression at the time of danger especially while defending against Wild dogs, lions, etc.
Hippopotamus in Zimbabwe
One more interesting fact is that the third largest animal one can find in Zimbabwe is the hippopotamus. It is found in several major rivers like the Zambezi and also at places where the water resources are excess in amount like Hwange National Park. The hippopotamus used to attack the canoers mostly.
One more big size animals are the giraffes found in Zimbabwe There are two species of giraffes survive there, one is the Cape also called as the South African giraffe located mostly in the Southern side of the country and the Angolan giraffes also called as the Namibian giraffe are located in the western side of the country. The giraffes are mostly found commonly in Zimbabwe and their black tongue can grow approximately 18 inches long.
Few other facts about the wild animals of Zimbabwe:
The antelopes found in Zimbabwe reintroduce their horns every year. Talking about the butterflies almost 20 thousand species of butterfly are found there, the barbs of 2000 species, Catfish of 3000 several classes and the beetles of 3, 50,000 species. And the baboons of Zimbabwe can travel four miles a day very easily. One more interesting thing to know is that the caracal has around 20 different muscles in its ear and the aardvark can move the 2 feet of soil from its place in 15 seconds. The elephant shrew is mostly found on the African continent only. Almost the 380 species of birds are found in the 380 bird species in the Hwange National park and they are the Nyasa lovebird, Livingstone’s flycatcher, banded snake eagle, yellow-billed kites and huge numbers of carmine bee-eaters that have the skill to den nests into the grimy shores.
If you want to take the real taste of the life you should have a look at what nature presents. So the next time if you are planning to look for some cheap flights to west palm beach to spend vacations at, remember to opt for experiencing the wildlife as well. The ambiance and beauty of wildlife are breathtaking and we can never get enough of it. It has been noticed that due to hunting and other such activities, we are losing a whole bunch of these natural creatures. To be true, we cannot afford to lose such an important aspect of our lives. That is why we all should take steps to stop this cruel blood sport and speak up for those who can’t take a step for themselves.