Tarangire National Park

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Tarangire National Park
IUCN category II (national park)
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Map showing the location of Tarangire National Park
Map showing the location of Tarangire National Park
Location Tanzania
Nearest city Arusha
Coordinates 3°50′S 36°0′E / 3.833°S 36.000°E / -3.833; 36.000Coordinates: 3°50′S 36°0′E / 3.833°S 36.000°E / -3.833; 36.000
Area 2,850 km2
Established 1970
Visitors 161,792 (in 2012[1])
Governing body Tanzania National Parks Authority

Tarangire National Park is the sixth largest national park in Tanzania, it is located in Manyara Region. The name of the park originates from the Tarangire River that crosses the park. The Tarangire River is the primary source of fresh water for wild animals in the Tarangire Ecosystem during the annual dry season. The Tarangire Ecosystem is defined by the long-distance migration of wildebeest and zebras. During the dry season thousands of animals concentrate in Tarangire National Park from the surrounding wet-season dispersal and calving areas.

It covers an area of approximately 2,850 square kilometers (1,100 square miles.) The landscape is composed of granitic ridges, river valley, and swamps. Vegetation is a mix of Acacia woodland, Commiphora-Combretum woodland, seasonally flooded grassland, and Baobab trees.

Flora and fauna[edit]

The park is famous for its high density of elephants and baobab trees. Visitors to the park in the June to November dry season can expect to see large herds of thousands of zebra, wildebeest and cape buffalo. Other common resident animals include waterbuck, giraffe, dik dik, impala, eland, Grant's gazelle, vervet monkey, banded mongoose, and olive baboon. Predators in Tarangire include African lion, leopard, cheetah, caracal, honey badger, and African wild dog.

Home to more than 550 bird species, the park is a haven for bird enthusiasts.

The park is also famous for the termite mounds that dot the landscape. Those that have been abandoned are often home to dwarf mongoose.

In 2015, a giraffe that is white due to leucism was spotted in the park.[2] Current wildlife research projects in the park include the Tarangire Elephant Project, Tarangire Lion Project, and Masai Giraffe Conservation Demography Project.

Tree climbing lion at Tarangire National Park

Location and access[edit]

Tarangire National Park can be reached via paved road south from Arusha in under two hours. Lake Manyara National Park is only a 70 kilometer(43 mile) drive from Tarangire.

Properties and lodges[edit]

(listed alphabetically)[3]


References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tanzania National parks Corporate Information". Tanzania Parks. TANAPA. Retrieved 22 December 2015. 
  2. ^ Tom Hale (January 26, 2016). "Incredibly Rare White Giraffe Spotted In Tanzania". Retrieved 2016-01-27. 
  3. ^ Tarangire National Park

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