Max On Tour: Postcard from South Africa

26 August 2014

In the fourth week of Max’s world tour, the lively lion and Junior Membership Club leader has been on a safari tour of South Africa.

“Having been settled in Bath for so long, I thought it was about time to revisit my roots,” said Max. “Not only did I enjoy catching up with my fellow lions, I also got to get up close to many other fantastic animals on my safari trips.”

Here are some of the things Max learnt during his South African safari: 

  • Despite looking like dogs, hyenas are actually more closely related to cats. The most common of all large carnivores in Africa, hyenas hunt in a clan of up to 50 members and are led by a female 
  • Giraffes have blue tongues that are average around 20 inches long, which enable them to reach and taste the highest - and tastiest - leaves on trees 
  • Lions normally rest for about 20 hours a day. (Max, however, is more used to early starts due to his various Junior Membership Club duties) 
  • If you thought crocodiles looked like dinosaurs, that’s because they’ve been on earth for around 200 million years. Their jaws contain 24 teeth that are designed to grasp rather than chew – they swallow stones in order to grind food inside their stomachs

We're expecting a postcard from Max next Monday, so be sure to check our website and social media updates on his travels. 

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