African animals and birds facts and information about endangered species and others under threat.
Nikela is an all-volunteer organization working with the men and women who protect and save numerous African animal species. As part of that mission, Nikela presents information on a number of species, some critically endangered and under much lesser threats.
African Animals and Birds
You can find a table that summarizes information on 21 African animal species, so far. Not all of the species are endangered but some are. The table lists conservation status, name, location, natural habitat, and why they are endangered. Habitat loss is a contributing factor for most of the 21 species. Most of the animals will be familiar – Lions and Cheetahs for example – but others like the Addax and the Oribi will be new to most readers. (They are both species of antelope.)
Pages on a number are forthcoming, or indeed written and waiting to be posted. If you’ve heard of a Gemsbok or a Hartebeest or a Pangolin and wanted to know more, those pages should be available now or very soon. The Gemsbock (Oryx gazelle) is a large species of gazelle. Hartebeests are a type of antelope, one of many antelopes that roam the grasslands.
Conservation and Rehabilitation Programs
Nikela has projects (or runs short campaigns) to help protect some of those animals. Where this is the case, you’ll find a short summary of what Nikela is doing and who their local partner is. You can find out how Nikela is helping protect the Bearded Vulture, rehabilitate injured Vervet Monkeys and protect Rhinos from poaching.
Each volunteer-written page describes the species distribution and habitat, appearance, diet, social groups and breeding practices, conservation and threats. Finally, there is a “How You Can Help” section.
You’ll find a digest of information from other sources. Some of the writers have also included links to further information or other stories relevant to that species.
A Growing Information Source
Check out the summary of African animal species and the detailed articles on different animals and the challenges they face. If you want to do some research and writing for a conservation charity there may be opportunities to volunteer in the future.
Contributed by Nikela Volunteer Chester Davis
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