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1. The difference between "true eagles" and "snake eagles" is the eye colour.

2. The Martial eagle is the most powerful eagle in Southern Africa.

3. Impala are spectacular jumpers leaping as much as 3 metres in height and 11 metres in length.

4. At least half the snake species in southern Africa can cause death (of people).

5. The cat species (felidae) generally have a shorter gestation period than the dogs (canidae).

6. The fever tree (Acacia Xanthophloea) was so named because people camping under them frequently got sick.

7. The sap or latex of the common tree euphorbia is used to catch fish.

8. The secretary bird usually stamps its prey to death.

9. A male giraffe can grow to a height of as much as 5.5 metres.

10. Only the alpha male and female wild dog normally breed, but all pack members will help look after the pups.

11. Which of the following are found in both East and Southern Africa: Springbok, Thompson's gazelle, Burchell's zebra, impala, Grevy's zebra, steenbok.

12. Some animals are loners, others live in groups. Which of the following are generally solitary: lion, civet, banded mongoose, leopard, spotted hyaena, caracal, large spotted genet.

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