10 Captivating Animals Exclusive to Africa

african-wildcat_gallery_6African Wildcat

These cats were first domesticated 10,000 years ago, and they exist all over North, East and South Africa.


A cheetah observes on the plains of Masai Mara game reserve in this file photo from April 2, 2008. Scientists doing energy expenditure research on cheetahs have discovered that their biggest energy drain was not the energy expended chasing prey, but the ever-increasing distances they are forced to walk while searching for prey.  REUTERS/Radu Sigheti/Files   (KENYA - Tags: ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY TRAVEL SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY)


The fastest land animal on Earth can reach up to speeds of 65 mph. It has become a favorite target for poachers, and populations of the animal are in decline. There are an estimated 10,000 to 15,000 left. Cheetahs are in North, West and Central Africa.