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Leporidae: Lepus microtis

Leporidae: Lepus microtis


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Savannah hare or gathungura - Lepus microtis

Class: Mammals
Order: Lagomorfi
Family: Leporidae
Genus: Lepus
Species: L. microtis

Area of ​​origin: kenya

The savannah hare lives alone or in pairs and is able to survive even very different climatic conditions thanks to a series of behavioral and physiological adaptation mechanisms. It is a very rapid breeding species, and females can sometimes hide offspring far from where they grazed to protect them from predators. It prefers bushy savannas, where food is more abundant and hiding from predators is easier.
With four ascertained subspecies (Lepus microtis angolensis, Lepus microtis microtis, Lepus microtis senegalensis and Lepus microtis whytei, while the crawshayi subspecies is currently classified as Lepus fagani) it occupies a large area extending in the Sahel from the southern end of western Sahara to eastern Ethiopia then south along the east African coast to South Africa. Isolated populations are also present in Angola and central-western Algeria. Its habitat consists of bushy areas with large open spaces covered by tall grass: in areas where there is sympathy with other congenial species (Lepus saxatilis, Lepus fagani, Lepus capensis) the savannah hare settles in higher or more bushy areas than to the others, thus avoiding to compete.

It measures up to 60 cm in length, for a maximum weight that can touch 3 kg. The overall appearance is elongated and slender, with very long and narrow ears.


Savannah hare or gathungura - Lepus microtis (photo https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/18210561412)

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