La Terre des Origines
The animals of La Terre des Origines
They live in the shadow of the African restaurant. Ankole-Watusi cattle have remarkably wide horns (up to 2.50 m wide), they are quite heavy at 500 to 1,000 kg and they stand up to 1.70 m tall at the withers. Originally from the African savannah in Uganda and Tanzania they are descended from a crossing between zebu cattle with the local Nile cattle. Ankole-Watusi cattle and zebu cattle have a characteristic hump at the height of the shoulders. Among the Masai they enjoy the same status as Indian holy cows. Their large numbers make a significant contribution to overgrazing, to the detriment of antelopes, zebras and wildebeest.
The image of these animals, native to the semi-desert regions in South Africa, as they stand at attention to survey their environment, is well known to all. Family of the mongoose, these animals are diurnal and they have very strong family ties (3 to 30 members). Their main predators, eagles and jackals, must take into account that meerkats are very vigilant as they lookout for the slightest sign of danger. Once the mob has been warned everyone dashes into the underground terrarium. Only the offspring of the dominant female are certain to survive. The meerkats share their habitat with Brush Pigs. The male and his two females blessed Pairi Daiza with several litters of enchanting young ones in 2010 and 2011. Bush pigs originate from the jungles, savannah, veldt, wetlands and grasslands of West and Central Africa and Madagascar. The adults have a reddish-brown coat with a light yellow mane, while the piglets are striped during the first three months of their lives, which serves as excellent camouflage. Their body weight ranges from 46 to 150 kg and they are between 1 to 1.5 m in length and up to a meter tall.
Between the high grass savannah of sub-Sahara and in the Middle East there are also a few rare specimens that are hard to notice with their sandy coloured hair with black spots, which provides the perfect camouflage. Once they get their prey in sight such as a gazelle, an antelope, a young zebra, wildebeest, hare or fowl, they can speed up incredibly. In a matter of three steps they can accelerate up to 115 km/h in four jumps of 7 to 8 m/s. The title of the fastest on earth goes to the peregrine falcon, however, which can reach speeds of up to 230 km/h as it dives for its prey. Obviously such a burst of energy requires much energy and it can only be sustained for about 20 seconds. With a length of 1.10 to 1.50 m, it may look like a wonderful pet as it is lying in sun, however... These animals enjoy special protection status as there are only about 10,000 to 15,000 left in the wild.
Warthogs look very proud as they strut around with the horns. Just as the rhinoceros they have only blurred vision, but with an excellent sense of smell and they can hear very well. This peculiar hybrid between a pig and a wild boar needs to take endless mudbaths to protect itself against sunburn.
Like most antelope a kudu can jump up to 2 metres high. Its grey coat features 6 to 10 white bands on the flank, between its eyes it has a white coloured chevron shaped marking and with its peculiar spiral horns there is no confusing what type of an animal this is. Females live in herds of dozens of kudus, while the males live on their own.
The animals of La Terre des Origines in image
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