If there’s one good reason why you should always consider going on a wildlife safari during the summer months, it’s this:
The prospect of seeing young animals and learning how they learn to adapt to their environment makes planning your African safari vacation from Australia even more appealing. Even the ugliest animal babies will make you smile. They will definitely make your visit interesting.
Here are some of our favorites:
Probably one of the cutest things you’ll see on your African vacation. Baby elephants never fail to entertain, even when it comes to the guides who see them every year. As they have not yet completely mastered these trunks, it is always a pleasure to see them swing them, or even try to grab leaves or grass.
You can only expect these beautiful antelopes to have even more beautiful lambs. Because visitors see these antelopes so often on a wildlife safari, they often forget how magnificent these animals are.
Did you know that impalas have the ability to delay childbirth for up to a month? This is how lambs are born after good rainfall when grazing conditions are more favorable.
Additionally, they will “flood the market” with newborn lambs. This gives the lambs a better chance of survival. Since lambs are easier targets, predators focus on them. There is safety in numbers, especially when a flock almost doubles in size in a matter of weeks, allowing more lambs to escape the clutches of dangerous predators.
Impala lambs can run just minutes after birth. This may seem impressive, but they have no other choice. Running is their only hope of surviving an attack from a predator.
If you’ve ever seen a wildebeest on a luxury African safari, you’ll know they have a face only a mother could love. Despite this, wildebeest calves remain a cute sight to see, especially due to their large numbers. Across Africa, wildebeest have defined breeding seasons. This resulted in their young being born during the same window each year. Their large number has encouraged tourists to particularly visit the Serengeti And Masai Mara every year.
A range of predators will stalk wildebeest herds during and after the calving period. Due to the large number of new pups, there are far too many for predators to catch them all. Therefore, only the strongest and fastest calves reach adulthood.
How can we exclude the king of the jungle? Even though lions live in prides, the lioness will hide the cubs in a den away from the pride when they are born. She will only present the rest of the pride to them almost a month after the birth.
Cubs are born blind and toothless. The lioness will hide them safely while she goes hunting. Finding a safe hiding place is crucial, as the defenseless young will be killed by any other predators that come across them.
Unlike lions who take pride in protecting their young cubs, leopards are much more vulnerable. Cubs are only raised by the mother, since mating is the only time the adults spend together. The leopard must feed her cubs herself and teach them to hunt when they are old enough.
Climbing trees is one of the best defenses leopards have against larger predators such as lions and hyenas. Cubs are extremely vulnerable to these predators until they master the art of tree climbing.
Cubs will begin to leave the safety of their den with their mother at 3 months old. Keep your eyes peeled as you go on a wildlife safari. You wouldn’t want to miss these cute little fluff balls.
It’s certainly not the prettiest little animal you’ll see on your African vacation, but it’s still a wonderful sighting.
Hyenas have some pretty interesting social interactions. Clans are dominated by females who are considerably larger than males. This comes in handy when they have to protect the young from males who would like to kill them.
Nepotism reigns in the clans. The offspring of the dominant female will immediately become superior to all other adults in the clan. Cubs often fight and kill even weaker cubs to establish and maintain dominance. Females stay in their clan, while males leave the clan at 2 or 3 years old.
Yes, they may be one of the ugliest mammals in Africa, but there’s no denying that piglets are a valuable thing to spot. A summer vacation on an African safari cannot be complete without seeing them running around with their tails raised in the air like antennae.
Piglets are born in burrows and begin venturing outside after about 15 days. They are usually raised by both parents. Due to their small size, piglets are prey to many predators, from lions to wild dogs, pythons to martial eagles. However, don’t rule out that adult warthogs (especially females) are fearless protectors and will do what is necessary to protect their young. Have you ever seen all those baby animals on a safari in Africa? Otherwise, give Destinations Africa a call. We are your Africa travel specialists and would be delighted to offer you a tailor-made itinerary.