The shy five animals of Africa are Aardvark, Aardwolf, Bat-eared Fox, Meerkat, and Porcupine.
If you’ve been on safari you’ll probably be aware of ‘the big five’ of buffalo, elephant, leopard, lion, and rhino. You may also be aware of the little five, or small five animals. However, did you know that there’s also a wildlife group known as ‘the shy five animals’?
This group is so named as sightings of them are few and far between. Four of the shy five are nocturnal (all except the meerkat) which makes seeing them that much harder to spot, yet more rewarding if you do actually manage to catch a glimpse them.
The shy five animals are found in sub-Saharan Africa, generally in sandy desert areas such as the Kalahari and the Namib Naukluft… but bear in mind they’re called the shy five for a reason! A couple of places renowned for sightings of these species include Tswalu Kalahari Reserve and Samara Game Reserve.
That’s your lot for the shy five animals. Have you seen these on safari, or have any questions about them? Please get involved in the comments if so!
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