If, when you think of Africa, you picture herds roaming across the savanna or exotic animals swinging through the rain forest, you’re familiar with one of Africa’s richest resources–its dizzingly diverse variety of wildlife. There are lions, elephants, gorillas, zebras, aardvarks, ostriches, crocodiles, pythons, and sharks, just to name a very, very few.
However, the loss of habitat and poaching are threatening Africa’s animals, and many species are now in danger of being lost forever. That’s why many African countries and governments are working to create national parks and game reserves, as well as establishing large-scale conservation efforts to ensure that Africa does not lose its animals to extinction.
Learn about conservation efforts and meet Africa’s wildest residents!
Photograph of hippopotamuses in Uganda’s Ruwenzori National Park by George Mobley/National Geographic Image Collection
Don’t forget to take our Test Your Africa IQ quiz on Google Earth.
MORE ABOUT AFRICA’S ANIMALS AND CONSERVATION
Congo Trek (Michael Fay’s Megatransect walk across Africa) (National Geographic)
Saving Africa’s Eden (National Geographic magazine)
Okavango: Africa’s Miracle Delta (National Geographic magazine)
Ngorongoro: Africa’s Cradle of Life (PBS)
The Living Africa: Wildlife (ThinkQuest)
Preying on Giants (African lions and elephants) (National Geographic magazine)
Maneless Lions of Tsavo (National Geographic magazine)
Zebras: Born to Roam (National Geographic magazine)
Cats: Plans for Perfection (National Geographic)
Animal SuperSite (Facts, Photos, Video, More) (National Geographic)
Animal Guides (PBS)
Animal Creature Features (National Geographic)
Africam Virtual Reserve
WildCam Africa (National Geographic magazine)
African Wildlife Foundation
Wildlife Conservation Society
World Wildlife Fund
Green Belt Movement
African Conservation Centre
WildWorld Conservation Atlas (National Geographic and ESRI)
In Google Earth
Jane Goodall’s Gombe Chimpanzee Blog
Learn more about chimpanzee champion and passionate conservationist Jane Goodall’s work and subjects in this beautifully done georeferenced blog. To view the blog entries, open Google Earth (get it free here) and click the box next to "Jane Goodall’s Gombe Chimpanzee Blog" in the Featured Content folder. Then zoom into the African continent, click on the yellow chimp and binoculars icons, and explore!
Fun and Games
Africa Adventure (Brookfield Zoo)
Chimp Challenge (BBC)
Serengeti Photo Safari (PBS)
Animal Coloring Book Pages (National Geographic)
Hippo Quest (PBS)
African Safari (National Geographic Explorer classroom magazine)
The Lost Elephant (National Geographic Explorer classroom magazine)
The Termites Game (BBC)
Mothering Underground (Africa’s Naked Mole Rats) (PBS)
Backyard Safari and Biodiversity Blitz (National Geographic)
From National Geographic Xpeditions:
Grades K-2: Forest Features
Grades K-2: Protecting Africa’s Wildlife
Grades K-2: Take Off on the Megaflyover Project!
Grades K-2: Wildebeest Migration
Grades 3-5: Ferocious Felines
Grades 3-5: People and African Animals
Grades 3-5: Why Does Africa Need National Parks?
Grades 6-8: GIS: Helping to Save the African Wild
Grades 6-8: Kings of the Kalahari
Grades 6-8: The Human Impact on Africa
Grades 9-12: Geographic Technology Assisting African Conservation
Grades 9-12: Human Impacts in the African Rain Forest–What Can We Do?
Grades 9-12: Two Threats to African Wildlife
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