Africa, the way back to nature

With our current Art of Africa group exhibition, we have decided to take the time to honour this amazing continent and wildlife.

For the duration of the Art of Africa group show, we will share some blog post about Africa and wildlife.

 Africa - Blog post THE SPACE gallery

Africa has been blessed with the most beautiful wildlife diversity.

The main thing when going on a Safari is to be patient and everything comes to those that wait.

 Africa - Blog post THE SPACE gallery

First, let’s talk about the king of the jungle:

The Lion

 Africa - The Lion

African lions have been admired throughout history for a symbol of courage and strength.

The Night Patrol II: Till The Glowing Of Dawn by Mahdhav Sarna

African lions once roamed most of Africa and parts of Asia and Europe. But the species has disappeared from 94 per cent of its historic range and can only be found today in parts of sub-Saharan Africa. Lions live in large family groups called prides, which usually consists of a dominant male, a dozen females and their offspring. They are the only cats that live in groups.

 

Future King by Steve Farrimond

Males defend the pride's territory, marking the area with urine, roaring menacingly to warn intruders, and chasing off animals that encroach on their turf. Female lions are the pride's primary hunters and leaders. They often work together to prey upon antelopes, zebras, wildebeest, and other large animals of the open grasslands.

The Night Patrol I: From Last Light by Mahdhav Sarna

Imbali Queen by Steve Farrimond

Lions are top predators in their environment, whether that’s grasslands, desert or open woodland. It means they play a crucial role in keeping a healthy balance of numbers among other animals, especially herbivores like zebra and wildebeest – which in turn influences the condition of grasslands and forests. 

Her Pride, Her Joy by Mahdhav Sarna

 

Watchful Eyes - African Lion by Dario Zanesco

Today, there are only half as many African lions than there were 25 years ago.

 

« There can no more thrilling experience than the first sight of a full-maned lion on the plains of Africa. » Ernest Hemingway

  

The Elephant

Elephant - THE SPACE gallery 

African elephants are the largest land animals on Earth. They are slightly larger than their Asian cousins and can be identified by their larger ears that look somewhat like the continent of Africa.

 

Tranquillity by Steve Farrimond 

Their herds wander through 37 countries in Africa.

Elephant ears radiate heat to help keep these large animals cool, but sometimes the African heat is too much. Elephants are fond of water and enjoy showering by sucking water into their trunks and spraying it all over themselves. Afterwards, they often spray their skin with a protective coating of dust.

 

Nomad by Mahdhav Sarna

Elephants are herbivores and only eat grasses, herbs, fruit, plants and trees. Their healthy vegetarian diet is obviously good for them as the average elephant has a life span of around 70 years old.

The Gentle Giant by Bianca Vitale

Elephants are social animals who tend to live in large groups. They are known for their ability to stay within « family » groups for the duration of their lives, and never stay far from their own mothers.

Re-Emergence by Arezzo Sami 

Elephants are highly intelligent, social animals that use a variety of different means, to communicate with each other. Like humans, they love to talk to each other by vocalising a range of calls and sounds.

 

Time for Mud – Elephant Calf by Dario Zanesco

The Giraffe

Giraffe - Blog post THE SPACE gallery 

Giraffes are the world's tallest mammals, thanks to their towering legs and long necks. They sometimes battle one another by butting their long necks and heads. Such contests aren't usually dangerous and end when one animal submits and walks away.

 

Heightened Awareness by Blythe Whittle

Giraffes live primarily in Savannah areas in the sub-Saharan region of Africa. Their extreme height allows them to eat leaves and shoots located much higher than other animals can reach. In particular, they seek out acacia trees. Their long tongues are helpful in eating because they help pull leaves from the trees.

 

The giraffe's height also helps it to keep a sharp lookout for predators across the wide expanse of the African Savannah.

 

Conservation Spotlight by Blythe Whittle

The giraffe's stature can be a disadvantage as well—it is difficult and dangerous for a giraffe to drink at a water hole. To do so they must spread their legs and bend down in an awkward position that makes them vulnerable to predators like Africa's big cats. 

 

What is your favourite animal from the African Savannah?

 

Reference: National Geography

Credit photos: Canvas


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