In a green Sahara, wild life abounded , and the artists of these ancient times left us many pictures of the fauna of this era . Here are a few specimens drawn with a most acute naturalist sense , hunting having developped a remarquable observation gift among the inhabitants of these regions .
|This fresco where
giraffes , ostriches ,
oryxes and gazelles cluster is from the
time of the Stockbreeders
* Elephants :
these elephants ,
either painted or engraved , show an
art at its apogee .Disappeared from
Sahara 3000 years ago .
* Giraffes :
animals, found on many Tassili
frescoes ,might have been hunted for meat and
fine leather . Disappeared from Sahara
2000 years ago .
abunded in Tassili N'Ajjer
lakes and rivers .
* Oxen :
|A fresco, 5500
years old, in which , the artist ,
with a lot of fancy,shows us "spreckled"oxen .
Oxen spread all over Sahara after having
been domesticated in the High-Nile region.
* Hares :
|This fresco made more
than 6500 years ago in a
cavern far from rains and winds , reached us
almost as fresh as it's been newly painted .
©Odile Prigent-Paleologos 1998-2003