The African hare is a species of mammal native to diverse regions and habitats of Africa, including savannas and the Sahel. They spend their days sleeping in burrows and awake at night to feed and mate. Such is the life of a hare. Read more…
First the Stats…
Scientific name: Lepus victoriae
Weight: 3 – 7 lbs
Length: 15 – 24 in
Lifespan: Up to 12 years
Now on to the Facts!
1.) African hares are solitary, only forming into groups or herds to eat.
2.) They have a special pad under each nostril that increases their sense of smell.
3.) These hares have exceptional hearing with their oversized ears.
4.) Due to their superb hearing, they can make subtle sounds like drumming their feet or grinding their teeth to warn of pending predators.
5.) Being as they can’t see straight in front of them, they will run from predators in a zigzag pattern.
But wait, there’s more on the African hare!
6.) The African hare is a nocturnal (awake during the night) animal.
7.) To throw off their scent they will hide in aardvark or warthog burrows.
Did you know…?
The African hare can run at speeds of up to 43 mph!
8.) To avoid pursuit, the hares will leap sideways at random intervals to throw off the scent and tracking of a would-be attacker.