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South African Animal Hall of Fame

With such a diverse landscape and animal life in South Africa, it is no wonder that several of the largest, tallest, smallest, fastest and heaviest animals in the world are found in South Africa.

Animal Hall of Fame

Largest Land Mammal: African Elephant

The largest specimen ever recorded weighed over 8 200 kg and stood more than 3.7 meter at the shoulder.

Smallest Mammal: Dwarf Shrew

This little mammal averages only 79mm in length, including its tail! It weighs a mere 3-4 grams

Tallest Animal: Giraffe

Male giraffes can reach as high a 6 meters

Fastest Mammal: Cheetah

Cheetahs can run up to 113km per hour

Largest Reptile:  Leatherback Turtle

The largest specimen recorded was 3 meters from the tip of its beak to the tip of its tail. It weighed in at 916kg

Largest Antelope: Eland

The Eland stands at about two meters at the shoulder, and weighs up to 275kg

Largest Bird: Ostrich

The average adult ostrich mail can reach 1.5 meters at the shoulder, and 2.7 meters in total height

Heaviest flying bird: Kori Bustard

The male Kori Bustard has an average wing length of 2.6 meters, and can weigh up to 18kg

Largest Fish: Whale Shark

Large Whale Sharks can be up to 14 meters in length, and weigh up to 13 600 kg.