Picture of a Lion Chasing a Hyena

Wild Game

Although popular media may cause many to think of creatures like Lions and Hyenas (per "The Lion King") when the subject of "Wild Africa" is mentioned, these and other predators only make up a minority of the creatures that populate the Serengeti Plain. It is the great herbivores (Water Buffalo, Gnu, Zebra and the various species of gazzelle) that compose the vast majority of life on the plain. These migrating herds of beasts are the source on which the entire ecosystem depends.

African Game

Game is any animal hunted for food or not normally domesticated (such as venison). Game animals are hunted for sport. In Africa, animals hunted include, but are not limited to: various species of antelope, cape bufflalo, gnu, zebra and elephant. Most large herbivores are endangered and thus it is illegal for humans to hunt them. On the other hand, for predators dweling on the plain anything that breathes is up for grabs and hunting season is always open.

By Marcel Raphael.
Voice over by Dr. Brian Child, associate professor of the Department of Geography in the University of Florida.
Copyright 2006.