How to Draw an African Bush Squirrel

In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw an African Bush Squirrel in 6 easy steps - great for kids and novice artists.

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At the bottom you can read some interesting facts about the African Bush Squirrel.

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How to Draw an African Bush Squirrel - Step-by-Step Tutorial

Step 1: Let's draw an African bush squirrel! Start by tracing a small bump at the top, then trace a short, sloped line for the front of the face. Now, draw a curved line across the bottom for the jaw, making sure to create a line for the mouth.

Step 2: Outline the ear with a curved line, then trace an oval for the eye. Trace a small circle at the tip of the face for the snout, and draw a short line across the middle for a mouth.

Step 3: From the ear, trace a long curved line across the back. From the jawline, trace a line across the bottom. There's the body!

Step 4: Now, draw the front leg, tracing two lines wide apart at the top and ending with a paw. Here's a tip: make the fingers long but the leg short!

Step 5: Trace a short line along the bottom for the belly and finish with the hind leg. It's like the front leg, but this time the lines start out much wider apart at the top and the paw is much longer.

Step 6: Last, draw a long tail, making it curvy until they meet at the end in a pointy tip. There's your African bush squirrel!

Interesting Facts about the African Bush Squirrel

The African Bush Squirrel, also known as the “yellow-footed squirrel,” can be found, like its name suggests, along the east coast areas of East Africa. It likes to live in different areas, like forests, woodlands, or thickets – whichever areas have plenty of trees. The African Bush Squirrel sleeps at night and is active during the day, just like people, and it prefers to travel alone.

Did you know?

  • Some of the areas in which you can find the African Bush Squirrel include Tanzania, Somalia, Kenya, and Mozambique.
  • African Bush Squirrels like to make their homes in the holes in the trees.
  • When a predator comes by, the entire African Bush Squirrel family will do something called “mobbing.” This is when they make loud clicking noises while flicking their tails. They make the sounds louder and the flicking faster until the predator is scared off.
  • African Bush Squirrels tend to eat only seeds, but they will also occasionally snack on small insects.

African Bush Squirrels use grooming as a way to stay together. By grooming each other, they reinforce their loyalty for each other. Also, both adult female and male African Bush Squirrels will work to defend their territory from predators in order to keep their babies safe.