Safari animals are animals that inhabit the vast savanna plains of sub-Saharan Africa. Known for being home to some of the most exotic, diverse, and sought-after animals on the planet that include lions, leopards, elephants, rhinoceroses, and giraffes, African savannas and wetlands are rich ecosystems that allow these animals to thrive.

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Cheetah
Illustration with dimensions comparing the size of an average Cheetah to a human man

Cheetahs are big cats famed for being the world’s fastest land mammals. Characterized by their slender bodies, distinctive spotted coats, long thin legs, deep chests and small heads, cheetahs are talented daytime hunters that chase gazelles with bursts of speed that can go from 0-60 mph | 27 km/h in three seconds.

The typical Cheetah has an overall height of 28.0”-35.0” (70–90 cm) and body length of 44.0”-59.0” (112-150 cm). An average Cheetah weighs between 77-143 lb (35-65 kg) and has a typical lifespan of 10-12 years.

Collection of drawings of Cheetahs sitting in various poses that include sitting, front and back profiles, and laying down
Cheetahs are big cats famed for being the world’s fastest land mammals. With slender bodies, spotted coats, and long thin legs, cheetahs are talented hunters with bursts of speed from 0-60 mph | 27 km/h.

The typical Cheetah has an overall height of 28.0”-35.0” (70–90 cm) and body length of 44.0”-59.0” (112-150 cm). An average Cheetah weighs between 77-143 lb (35-65 kg) and has a typical lifespan of 10-12 years.

Collection of drawings of Cheetahs sitting in various poses that include sitting, front and back profiles, and laying down
Cheetah
Height:
28.0”-35.0” | 70–90 cm
Width:
Length:
44.0”-59.0” | 112-150 cm
Depth:
Weight:
77-143 lb | 35-65 kg
Area:


Acinonyx jubatus
Lifespan
10-12 years

Drawings include:
Cheetah side profile (standing), side (sitting), front, back, side (laying down)

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Giraffe
Comparison of a Giraffe to the size of a human with dimensions for overall height and width

Giraffes, the world’s tallest mammals, are known for their long necks and legs, ossicone horns, and distinct spotted coat patterns. Roaming open savannas and woodlands in herds, giraffes forage for leaves, fruits and flowers at treetop heights that other mammals cannot reach.

The typical Giraffe has an overall height of 18’-20’ (5.5-6.0 m) and body length of 7.5’-8.5' (2.2-2.6 m). An average Giraffe weighs between 1,750-2,800 lb (795-1,270 kg) and has a typical lifespan of 25 years.

Drawings of Giraffes showing the side profile, front, back, and laying down positions
Giraffes, the world’s tallest mammals, are known for their long necks and legs, ossicone horns, and distinct spotted coat patterns. Roaming open savannas and woodlands in herds, giraffes forage for leaves, fruits and flowers at treetop heights that other mammals cannot reach.

The typical Giraffe has an overall height of 18’-20’ (5.5-6.0 m) and body length of 7.5’-8.5' (2.2-2.6 m). An average Giraffe weighs between 1,750-2,800 lb (795-1,270 kg) and has a typical lifespan of 25 years.

Drawings of Giraffes showing the side profile, front, back, and laying down positions
Giraffe
Height:
18’-20’ | 5.5-6.0 m
Width:
Length:
7.5’-8.5' | 2.2-2.6 m
Depth:
Weight:
1,750-2,800 lb | 795-1,270 kg
Area:
Giraffa camelopardalis
Lifespan
25 years

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Giraffe side profile, front, back, side (laying down)

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Rhinoceros
Scale comparison of a human to a Rhinoceros with dimensions for length and height

Rhinoceroses, or rhinos, are large herbivorous mammals with one or two upright horns and thick gray or brown skin. Found in the grasslands and savannas of Africa and Asia, the rhinoceros is one of the most endangered animals on the planet due to rampant poaching for their horns. Rhinos are the world’s second-largest land mammal.

The typical Rhinoceros has an overall height of 66.0"-81.0" (1.7-2.1 m) and body length of 132.0"-165.0" (11’-13’9") (3.4-4.2 m). An average Rhinoceros weighs between 3,500-8,800 lb (1,600-4,000 kg) and has a typical lifespan of 35-40 years.

Drawings of a Rhinoceros in various postures from the side, front, back, and laying down
Rhinoceroses, or rhinos, are large herbivorous mammals with one or two upright horns and thick gray or brown skin. Found in the grasslands and savannas of Africa and Asia, the rhinoceros is one of the most endangered animals on the planet due to rampant poaching for their horns.

The typical Rhinoceros has an overall height of 66.0"-81.0" (1.7-2.1 m) and body length of 132.0"-165.0" (11’-13’9") (3.4-4.2 m). An average Rhinoceros weighs between 3,500-8,800 lb (1,600-4,000 kg) and has a typical lifespan of 35-40 years.

Drawings of a Rhinoceros in various postures from the side, front, back, and laying down
Rhinoceros
Height:
66.0"-81.0" (5’6"-6’9") | 1.7-2.1 m
Width:
Length:
11’-13’9" | 3.4-4.2 m
Depth:
Weight:
3,500-8,800 lb | 1,600-4,000 kg
Area:
Scientific Name
Rhinocerotidae
Lifespan
35-40 years

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Rhinoceros side elevation (standing), front, back, side (laying down)

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Lion
Comparison of the size of a male and female Lion seen from the front profile

Lions are large felines with compact and powerful bodies for hunting prey. Characterized by their yellow-gold coats and prominent manes (on males), lions are the world’s most social cats and live in communities called prides. Lions inhabit a range of habitats from open plains, to grasslands, savannas, and forests.

The average Lion has an overall height of 44.0"-50.0" (1.1-1.3 m), withers height of 34.0"-40.0" (.9-1.0 m), and body length of 54.0"-78.0" (1.4-2 m). A typical Lion weighs between 270-420 lb (120-190 kg) and has a lifespan of roughly 10-15 years (wild), 30 (captivity).

Dimensions comparing the height and length of male and female Lions to humans
Lions are large felines with compact and powerful bodies for hunting. Characterized by their yellow-gold coats and prominent manes (on males), lions are the world’s most social cats and live in communities called prides. Lions inhabit a range of habitats from open plains, to savannas, and forests.

The average Lion has an overall height of 44.0"-50.0" (1.1-1.3 m), withers height of 34.0"-40.0" (.9-1.0 m), and body length of 54.0"-78.0" (1.4-2 m). A typical Lion weighs between 270-420 lb (120-190 kg) and has a lifespan of roughly 10-15 years (wild), 30 (captivity).

Dimensions comparing the height and length of male and female Lions to humans
Lion
Height:
44.0"-50.0" | 1.1-1.3 m
Width:
Length:
54.0"-78.0" | 1.4-2 m
Depth:
34.0"-40.0" | .9-1.0 m
Weight:
270-420 lb | 120-190 kg
Area:

Male
Male Length:
4’6”-6’6” | 1.4-2 m
Male Height (Shoulder): 3’4” | 1 m
Male Height (Overall): 4’2” | 1.3 m

Female:
Female Length: 4’6” | 1.4 m
Female Height (Shoulder): 2’10” | .9 m
Female Height (Overall): 3’8” | 1.1 m

Panthera leo
Lifespan
10-15 years (wild), 30 (captivity)

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Male and female Lion side (standing), front, side (laying down)

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African Elephant
Drawing with length and height dimensions of an African Elephant from the side compared to a person

Elephants are the largest land mammals on Earth. These herbivorous animals are identified by their unique features such as their long trunks for breathing, gathering water, and grabbing objects, ivory tusks used as weapons and tools for foraging, and large ears that flap to control body temperature. Elephants tend to stay near bodies of water and various species have adapted to savannahs, forests, deserts and marsh environments. Though elephants are listed as both vulnerable and endangered today, when protected in the wild they can live up to 70 years.

The typical African Elephant has an overall height of 8’3”-13’ (2.5-4 m) and body length of 10’-16’6” (3-5 m). An average African Elephant weighs between 5,500-15,400 lb (2,500-7,000 kg) and has a typical lifespan of 70 years.

Illustrations of an African Elephant standing from the side, front, and back and laying down
Elephants are the largest land mammals on Earth. These herbivorous animals are identified by their unique features such as their long trunks, ivory tusks, and large flapping ears.

The typical African Elephant has an overall height of 8’3”-13’ (2.5-4 m) and body length of 10’-16’6” (3-5 m). An average African Elephant weighs between 5,500-15,400 lb (2,500-7,000 kg) and has a typical lifespan of 70 years.

Illustrations of an African Elephant standing from the side, front, and back and laying down
African Elephant
Height:
8’3”-13’ | 2.5-4 m
Width:
Length:
10’-16’6” | 3-5 m
Depth:
Weight:
5,500-15,400 lb | 2,500-7,000 kg
Area:
Loxodonta
Lifespan
70 years

Drawings include:
Elephant side (standing), front, back, side (laying down)

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