African Animals and Conservation

Hippos_1 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

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