Wildlife of Kenya
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The wildlife of Kenya refers to its fauna. The diversity of Kenya's wildlife has garnered international fame, especially for its populations of large mammals. Mammal species include lion (Panthera leo), cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius), African buffalo (Syncerus caffer), wildebeest (Connochaetes), African bush elephant (Loxodonta africana), zebra (Equus), giraffe (Giraffa), and rhinoceros. Kenya has a very diverse population of birds, including flamingo and common ostrich (Struthio camelus).
Large plains herbivores
- The largest of the antelope in the savannah, weighing about 600 kilograms. They can be found all over Kenya, in places such as Nairobi National Park, Mt Kenya, Kora National Park, and Meru National Park
- Share grazing with zebra and stay in groups. They can be found in places like Nairobi National Park and Kora National Park. They visit the Masaai Mara National Reserve in great numbers during the spring as part of the annual Great Migration.
- Cape buffalo
- Also known as the African buffalo are known to be the most dangerous animal in Africa. They can be found at Nairobi National Park, Mount Kenya, Meru National Park, and Kora National Park
- Most black and white species are being relocated to safe places because of their endangerment, but there are still many wild rhino roaming Kenya. Although there are few places for visitors to see them, you are sure to find black rhinos at Nairobi National Park and both species abundant at Lewa Downs.
- Found in many different habitats in Kenya. They can be found from the hot coastlands to the cool moorlands of the Aberdares and mount Kenya range. A few of these places are Mount Kenya, Meru National Park, Kora National Park, and Amboseli National Park.
- Irritable and normally cranky, are very dangerous. They are found in many of Kenya's basins, swamps, and areas with water. Some other places to find them are Nairobi National Park, Meru National Park, and Kora National Park.
- A medium-sized antelope often found in large herds, and known for its leaping ability.
- A type of wild pig.
- A medium-sized antelope often found near sources of water, are known for excreting a scent that makes them unappetizing to most predators. Two subspecies, the Common and Defassa waterbuck are present in Kenya.
- Lesser Kudu
- The smaller relative of the significantly larger Greater Kudu, the Lesser Kudu is often a rare sight but common throughout the drier parts of the country.
- A small antelope similar to the orbi and duiker. They travel in groups of two or alone. They can be found in different areas in Kenya, including Mt Kenya.
- They travel alone or in groups of two or three. They are similar to the suni and the duiker.
- Normally travel alone but sometimes go in pairs. They are similar to the suni and orbi.
- A common sight across the plains of Kenya, they are often found in small or large herds and are the favored prey of the cheetah. Two subspecies, the more common Thompsons and the larger Grants live across the country.
- East African lion
- A powerful predator who uses its power to its advantage. It can be found all over Kenya, and in places such as Nairobi National Park, Mt Kenya, and Kora National Park.
- African leopard
- Another predator which, like the lion, uses brute force. They hunt at night and use their eyesight to spot and kill their prey. They can be found at Nairobi National Park, Mt Kenya, Meru National Park, Kora National Park, and over almost all of Kenya.
- A predator who hunts in the day time and its most powerful weapon is its speed. They live in places like Nairobi National Park, Meru National Park, and Kora National Park.
- African wild dog
- Are predators that roam over parts of Kenya. The African Wild Dog Conservancy is actively engaged in helping to save this endangered species from extinction.
- Spotted hyena
- A powerful predator that sometimes travels in groups. They have the strongest jaw pressure and most powerful bite out of any animal in Kenya except for the Nile crocodile. Both the spotted and striped variety of hyena can be found at Nairobi National Park, Mt Kenya, and Kora National Park.
- one of the small wild cat species in Kenya.
- A small viverrid that lives in Kenya.
- A small dog-like predator that travel in small groups across Kenya.
- A large reptile that is powerful and has been known to attack and kill people. They are found in many areas of Kenya.
- Nairobi National Park
- Mount Kenya
- Meru National Park
- Kora National Park
- Sibiloi National Park
- Amboseli National Park
- Tsavo National Park (disambiguation)
- Lake Nakuru National Park
- Hell's Gate National Park
- Chyulu Hills National Park
- Marsabit National Park
- Ol Donyo Sabuk National Park
- Aberdare National Park
- Maasai Mara
- Samburu National Reserve
- Buffalo Springs National Reserve
- Shaba National Reserve
- Shimba Hills National Reserve
- Kisumu Impala Sanctuary
- Lewa Downs ← a conservancy