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Largest Land Animals of Africa

Name every type of land animal native to Africa where typical adults can reach a weight of over 100 lbs.
Includes domestic animals that were native to Africa
Not including introduced species. Also doesn't include humans.
We consider Hippos and Crocodiles to be aquatic
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Last updated: October 15, 2016
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Bovidae
Generic Term
Antelope (includes
Wildebeest)
Species
African Buffalo
Species
Barbary Sheep
Species
Cattle
 
 
_____idae
Species
Dromedary Camel
 
 
Cervidae
Species
Barbary Stag
 
 
________idae
Genus
African Elephant
 
 
Equidae
Species
African Wild Ass
Subgenus
Zebra
Felidae
Species
Lion
Species
Leopard
Species
Cheetah
 
 
______idae
Genus
Giraffe
Species
Okapi
 
 
Hominidae
Species
Bonobo
Species
Chimpanzee
Genus
Gorilla
 
 
_____idae
Family
Hyena
Orycteropodidae
Species
Aardvark
 
 
____idae
Species
African Rock Python
 
 
_________tidae
Family
Rhinoceros
 
 
Struthionidae
Species
Ostrich
 
 
Suidae
Family
Pig
 
 
Testudinidae
Species
Aldabra Giant Tortoise
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Level ∞
Oct 13, 2016
Like my quiz for The Americas, this quiz is based on original research. Please let me know if there are any errors or omissions!
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Level 66
Mar 13, 2017
Warthogs are missing. Family Suidae.
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Level 47
Mar 13, 2017
you missed out mammoths. Mammoths originally came from Africa and America
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Level 68
Jan 10, 2018
Woolly Mammoths were most common throughout Europe and Siberia.

Not sure about other mammoth species though.

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Level ∞
Oct 13, 2016
Also, I had to group all the antelopes together. There are about 100 different species of them, and they are very loosely related to each other.
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Level 91
Oct 13, 2016
I went into this quiz getting ready to name all the dik-diks, impalas, elands, and springboks I could think of... was glad that wasn't necessary. Also took me far too long to understand why Hippo wasn't being accepted.
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Level 68
Mar 13, 2017
I had the same problem with hippo. Thought I must be spelling it wrong. Always pays to read the instructions!
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Level 76
Oct 13, 2016
Hyena? please show equivalent in kg
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Level 73
Oct 14, 2016
Hyena
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Level ∞
Oct 14, 2016
Added hyena. Didn't know they were so big. Also surprised to see they aren't Canids.
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Level 85
Oct 15, 2016
So do we lose our points every time you make minor adjustments like this?
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Level 90
Oct 17, 2016
Yes. Ha Ha! (pointing and laughing)
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Level 50
Feb 20, 2021
Include hyaena as a synonym of hyena.
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Level 77
Oct 14, 2016
Yay we got a snake!
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Level 87
Oct 21, 2016
If there are cattle / pigs included, should we not also include horses?
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Level ∞
Oct 22, 2016
Are horses native to Africa?
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Level 66
Mar 13, 2017
@Malbaby Actually no. The genus Equus evolved in North America, but the species Equus ferus, the one that humans domesticated, evolved in the steppes of Eurasia. There was a subspecies that “returned” to North America. All that was only possible due to the land bridge connecting what is today Alaska and Siberia.

Interesting side fact: The North American population of wild horses was hunted to extinction in prehistoric times, which is why the natives had never seen those animals before the Europeans arrived.

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Level 71
Mar 19, 2017
Can't exactly agree with that reasoning sulfuratus, if the Equus evolved in North America then horses are originally native to North America not Africa. (sorry I deleted my first comment by mistake)
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Level 71
Oct 22, 2016
Gah! I tried swine but not pig.
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Level 56
Jan 9, 2017
What about humans?
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Level 62
Jan 27, 2017
It says that this quiz doesn't include humans in the quiz description
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Level 79
Oct 16, 2018
It should. They're an African species.
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Level 56
Apr 10, 2024
It definitely should.
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Level 44
Mar 13, 2017
Cool quiz!
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Level 45
Mar 13, 2017
No hippos?
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Level 70
Mar 13, 2017
They are deceptively light. They are mostly air (like a balloon).

But no, seriously, they should definitely be added

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Level 66
Mar 13, 2017
They aren't counted as land animals here.
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Level 63
Feb 4, 2022
Why are they not counted as land animals though?
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Level 71
Mar 13, 2017
You say "We consider Crocodiles to be aquatic"......... you've never had a 15 footer walking around your tent at night.
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Level 74
Mar 13, 2017
That's a realistic guess.
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Level 68
Mar 13, 2017
Please accept Water Buffalo or Cape Water Buffalo.
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Level 65
Mar 13, 2017
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Level 80
Mar 13, 2017
So what is it with all those ____idae? Those answers don't even pop up when the quiz is finished.
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Level 71
Mar 14, 2017
They can be found in the Answer Stats. Those excluded seem to be the ones that would give away the name of the animal.
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Level 55
Mar 13, 2017
I live in a project and "African Wild Ass" is the name of a club here
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Level 36
Mar 14, 2017
Kudo missing...and water buck?
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Level 63
Dec 16, 2022
Both are antelopes
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Level 46
Mar 15, 2017
was expecting kudus and elands etc. so not quite all the animals.
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Level 93
Jan 30, 2019
probably included in generic antelope per QM's comment above
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Level 69
Apr 3, 2017
Please, when you provide some imperial units in the instructions, give us also the metric equivalent. More and more people here come from countries that don't use the imperial system. Thanks!
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Level 64
Apr 8, 2017
Are hippos not native to Africa? I would think they could easily get over 100 pounds.
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Level 64
Apr 8, 2017
I know they are in water a lot, but they are still land animals right ?
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Level 72
Jan 14, 2020
I second this. Hippos come out of the water to graze on land at night. They have four legs and do all of the key parts of life on land. They eat on land, mate on land, and give birth on land. I think you should re-think that classification.
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Level 80
Oct 27, 2021
Agreed, according to the African Wildlife Foundation (who should know better than most) hippos are land mammals that are also adapted to live in water.
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Level 68
Jan 10, 2018
How can Barbary Sheep be larger than the likes of Greater Kudu and Giant Eland?
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Level 67
Mar 28, 2020
It doesn't say that anywhere, there are just a lot of animals bunched into one answer under antelope, while the sheep is listed seperately
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Level 77
Mar 11, 2018
Canids are missing and there are some large ibex in Africa
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Level 84
May 10, 2018
Nubian Ibex are over 100lb and although the average Mandrill is well below 100lb, some individuals can be larger.
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Level 67
Mar 28, 2020
Cool! got 5 points :) thought I had done average. I got 19 average is currently 11. I missed sheep, stag, ass. And aardvark and tortoise. I didnt recognize the family name of those last two.

I almost wanted to write another comment for the quizmaster asking what about giant eland, but I guess it is included in antelope as a generic term.

Only other I could think of was springbok, that one weigh up to about 45 kilo so not even halfway there ow wait this isnt in kilo's. Well also listen under antelope I guess (if it made it). I wonder which ones just missed the cut.

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Level 80
Nov 4, 2021
What about the hippopotamus?
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Level 63
Dec 5, 2021
Why isn’t panther accepted for leopard because they are the same thing
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Level 67
Feb 2, 2023
Hippopotamus?
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Level 65
Jul 21, 2023
Hippopotamus??