"Highly Recommended.This is an exemplary series, showing some of Africa's most common wild animals. The narrator's gentle voice and the straight-forward yet informative script will appeal to young children." -NAMTC/NMM Review
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A 4-Disc Set of African Animals 1: Lion; Elephant; Flamingo; African Animals 2: Giraffe; Warthog; Leopard; African Animals 3: Hippopotamus; Zebra; Antelope and African Animals 4: Ostrich; Cheetah; Rhinoceros is available.
African Animals 1: Lion; Elephant; Flamingo
"Lion" - The lion, known as the "King of Beasts," has a splendid mane and lives in Africa in the tall grasses of the savannah. Lions spend most of the day resting in the shade. The female lion hunts during the night and brings her catch back to the family. A lion eats every 2-3 days and eats only meat. "Elephant" - The elephant is the largest animal on land; it lives in groups, like families. An elephant's trunk is made up of its nose and upper lip that have grown long and come together. Elephants use their trunks like hands, to grasp grass to eat, and to bring water to their mouths to drink. "Flamingo" - The Flamingo is a large, pink bird with long legs that spends the whole day wading in lakes. A flamingo's feet are large and webbed so they don't sink in the mud; this also helps a flamingo swim better. Flamingos gather small fish by taking water into their beaks; then eat the fish and let the water out. Sometimes flamingos sleep standing on one leg with their head tucked into their feathers to keep warm.
African Animals 2: Giraffe; Warthog; Leopard
"Giraffe" - The giraffe is the tallest animal in the world; their varieties are identified by their patterns. Giraffes eat leaves from trees reaching with their long necks and using their tongues that can be as long as 18 inches. Their horns really aren't horns, but bone covered by skin and hair. "Warthog" - A warthog looks like a pig or hog and has a very large head. It lives in the bushes and high grasslands and eats fruits, leaves and grasses. A warthog can't see well but has a good sense of sound. It rolls in the mud to protect itself from the sun and insects. It usually runs from danger but if cornered uses its tusks to fight off enemies, such as lions and leopards. "Leopard" - Leopards rest in trees during the day and their long thick tail helps them with their balance. They have yellow eyes with excellent vision and can even see in the dark. They are meat eaters who hunt at night and take their food into trees. Their long whiskers are like hands because they can feel things with them. Although in the cat family they are not friends with lions.
African Animals 3: Hippopotamus; Zebra; Antelope
"Highly Recommended. The visual quality is excellent. The female narrator has a spledid voice, and it is refreshing that the program is uncluttered with special effects. Diet, physiology, habits and other characteristics of the animals are discussed." -School Library Journal
"Hippopotamus" - Hippos live in rivers and lakes, the largest number are found in the Nile River Valley of East Africa. They have a very big mouth with ivory teeth and are vegetarians, eating mostly grasses. Though massive in size they are very graceful in the water; also their eyes and nose are nigh on their head so they can see and breathe while submerged in the water. "Zebra" - Zebras are black-and-white striped animals that live mostly in the savanna of Africa. They are smaller than a horse, and have short erect manes, large ears and tufted tails. Zebras are herbivores and graze on grasses. There are three species of zebra: Grevy's, Plains and Mountain Zebras. Young zebras are always brown. "Antelope" - The Gemsbok is one kind of a group of antelopes known as oryxes. They live in groups mostly on the open plains of Africa. When in danger, they will defend themselves with their four-foot-long horns. The Waterbuck is another type of antelope, but with longer fur; also females and the young do not have horns. They are more solitary and prefer to live in dense forests.
African Animals 4: Ostrich; Cheetah; Rhinoceros
"Ostrich" - Ostriches are the biggest bird in the world, but cannot fly. They have a long neck and legs and each foot has two toes. They are very fast and can run up to 50 miles an hour. Their eggs are big and heavy and their chicks are as big as chickens when born. "Cheetah" - A cheetah is a carnivore that lives in the African plains and eats small animals, mostly gazelles. It hunts in the early morning and late afternoon and can sprint up to 45 miles an hour. Its yellow fur and spots help it hide in sunny and shady areas. Its long tail has 4 - 6 black rings and ends with a bushy tuft of white hair. "Rhinoceros" - There are two species of Rhinos in Africa: white and black. Each have two horns and have a long and heavy head. They are herbivores that eat leaves and grasses and can weigh from 750 to 8,000 pounds. They have good hearing, but don't see well. 05/09DE PI 88 min.
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