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African safari trivia questions and answers

1. Where are lions still found in the wild?

A. Africa south of the Sahara desert

B. North West India

C.Both A and B

From the zoo

C.Both A and B

TOPICS: Today, lions are found in the wild in only two places in the world. About 100,000 lions survive in Africa south of the Sahara desert. Another 300 lions, called Asiatic lions, live in a reserve called Gîr National Park and Lion Sanctuary in northwest India.

2. Elephants are the largest land animals and are among the longest-lived. How long does the average elephant live?

A. 100 years

B 60 years

C 40 years

D 20 years

B 60 years

THEMES: Highly intelligent and strong, elephants are the largest land animals and among the longest-lived, with lifespans of 60 years or more. Healthy, adult elephants have no natural enemies other than humans.

3. Apes are highly intelligent primates. How many species of apes are there?

A.2

B.13

C.202

D.313

B.13

TOPICS: An ape is any of 13 species that include chimpanzees, gorillas, gibbons, and orangutans. Apes are sometimes confused with monkeys, but unlike smaller primates, apes don’t have tails and their arms are often longer than their legs. Apes live in tropical forests and forests in Africa and Asia.

4. For what trait are hippos often called river horses?

A. They are horses that only graze with a river in sight

B. They are horses that choose to spend most of their days in the water.

C. They can breathe underwater thanks to the gills behind their ears.

D. Their noses have special flaps that close when they go underwater.

D. Their noses have special flaps that close when they go underwater.

TOPICS: Hippos actually look more like pigs than horses. They have large heads with small eyes and small ears; its nostrils, lined with sparse, bristly hairs, are equipped with special flaps that close when the animal dives under water.

5. Great apes have well-developed brains and are among the most intelligent animals. What trait do they show that we thought only humans possess?

A. Create Haiku poetry

B. Manufacture of alcoholic beverages

C. Space travel

D. Tool making

D. Tool making

TOPICS: In the wild, chimpanzees and orangutans are known to make simple tools, such as sharp sticks used to extract insects from holes in tree trunks. Tool making involves a preconceived image of what the tool will look like, a visualization ability that is only possible with an advanced brain. Orangutans have even been observed untying knots, figuring out for themselves the steps required to accomplish this complex task.

6. Which zebra trait is NOT true?

A. Zebras can recognize other zebras by the pattern of stripes on their bodies.

B. Mountain zebras take a dust bath almost every day.

C. Grevy’s zebra and mountain zebra are endangered due to illegal hunting and habitat destruction.

D. Bigger than a horse

D. Bigger than a horse

SUBJECTS: Zebra, striped mammal native to Africa, smaller in size than the related horse and closely resembling the wild ass in habit and shape, having a short, upright mane, large ears, and tufted tail. The stripes, which distinguish this animal from other members of the horse family, serve as protective coloration in its natural habitat.

7. Despite their immense strength, lions don’t have an easy life in the wild. They suffer from parasites and disease, get hurt or even killed while hunting or fighting each other, and can starve when food is scarce. How many puppies die before they are 1 year old?

a. a room

B. Two thirds

C.Half

D. Almost all

B. Two thirds

THEMES: About two-thirds of all puppies die before they are 1 year old. Adult males are usually old and battered at 10 years, if they survive that long at all, rarely living more than 12 years. Females can live longer, up to 16 years, and some still breed at 15. In zoos, where they receive veterinary care and plenty of food, and aren’t allowed to fight, lions can live up to 25 years.

8. Fossils of elephant ancestors indicate that they once lived on which continents?

A. Africa and Asia only

B. Australia and Antarctica

C. All except Australia and Antarctica

D. Europe and the Americas

C. All except Australia and Antarctica

TOPICS: Fossils of elephants’ ancestors indicate that they once lived on all continents except Australia and Antarctica, but elephants’ habitat today is restricted to Africa and parts of Southeast Asia. Elephants occupy a variety of environments in Africa and Southeast Asia: grasslands, marshes, forests, deserts, and mountains. They are herbivores, or plant eaters, and need large amounts of food to maintain their enormous size. They also need a lot of potable water and are therefore restricted to areas with abundant vegetation and adequate water.

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