Let's go on a wildlife safari! A safari is an expedition to see animals in the wild. Safaris are especially popular in Africa.
Do you know which of the animals listed below you might see on an African safari? On the savannah, you might observe elephants, lions, cheetahs, giraffes, crocodiles, hyenas, rhinos, hippos, and zebras.
If you ventured into the forested mountains, you might be lucky enough to spot a family of gorillas. On the island of Madagascar off the coast of Africa, look for lemurs leaping from tree to tree!
If you went on safari in India, a country in Asia, you'd be looking for elephants and tigers. In South and Central America, keep your eyes peeled for the elusive jaguar!
But, did you know? You don't have to travel around the world to see amazing animals. You can go on a wildlife safari wherever you live.
If you're from North America, you might see some of these animals from our safari list: eagles, falcons, vultures, pelicans, other birds, lizards, and snakes. In certain areas, you might even see a buffalo or an alligator.
Fun drawing idea: Next time you go to the zoo, bring a sketchbook and draw the animals you expect to see. Write your observations next to your drawing - things you saw the animal do, what it eats, and facts you learned at the zoo.
Are you ready for the adventure of a lifetime? Grab your sketchbook and a pencil. It's time to go on a sketching safari!
According to some surveys, the tiger is named "favorite animal" by more people than any other species. It is no wonder, as tigers are beautiful and mysterious. But they are also endangered. Raise awareness when you draw a tiger with the help of this guide.
Peafowl are native to Asia and Africa. Since long ago, royal families and later other people around the world kept the beautiful birds as pets. The males have long, colorful tail feathers that they hold in a fan shape.
Zebras resemble white horses with black stripes. They travel in large herds, and the patterns act as a form of camouflage - the dizzying stripes confuse predators and make it hard to single out a zebra to hunt. But you won't be confused when you follow this easy drawing guide!
Wherever you go on safari, keep your eyes peeled for interesting lizards. In Africa, Asia, or Australia, you might see huge monitor lizards. But even in your backyard, small lizards likely scurry about.
The buffalo or bison is one of the biggest land animals in North America. A century ago, they roamed the midwest in herds numbering into the billions. They were nearly hunted to extinction, but today they are making a comeback.
Hippopotamuses are large mammals that live in rivers in Africa. They travel in groups called herds or "bloats" - an apt name for groups of such a stocky animal! Despite their sharp tusks, hippos feed only on plants.
Did you know? Unlike many animals, mother giraffes do not lay down when their babies are born. They stand, and the babies drop six feet to the ground! But don't worry, these sturdy babies can stand and even run within an hour of being born.
No matter where you live in the world, you can find a baby bird on your backyard safari. Look for busy mommy and daddy birds building nests and finding food during the spring and summer. Their babies are nearby!
Along with the elephant, lion, leopard, and buffalo, the rhinoceros is considered one of Africa's "Big Five." It is also one of the most endangered. In 2021, only two northern white rhinos remain - both are female, and no more will be born. When these two individuals are gone, this rhino species will become extinct.