Samburu/Buffalo Springs Wildlife
Photos taken digitally with a Fuji Finepix 2800
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Bat-eared FoxThe Bat-eared Fox is one of the cutest of the animals. Their big ears are so that they can hear their insect prey underground. They have strong claws on their front paws, with which they can rapidly excavate their prey. They also have the largest number of teeth in any non-marsupial land mammal, an adaptation for slicing up hard-shelled and pincered insects. The mandible can chop up and down at least five times a second!
GerenukThe Gerenuk's Swahili name is Swala twiga, (antelope-giraffe), because of its long neck. It also has a useful habit of standing on its hindlegs while browsing, allowing it to feed on leaves higher than other antelopes can reach. but below those browsed by giraffes.
Reticulated GiraffeThe Reticulated Giraffe is found mainly in northern and eastern Kenya, and is a particularly handsome subspecies.
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ImpalaImpala can be seen in many areas of Kenya, and are often seen out of the national park areas. Their favoured habitat is the interface between grassland and woodlands. In the best areas, there can be over 200 impala per square kilometre. Even outside of the main breeding season, during the rains, the male impala spends a lot of time and energy trying to defend his 'ownership' of a group of females and their young.
Beisa OryxBeisa Oryx are closely related to the better known Gemsbok of southern Africa. In 2002, a lioness took to following a group of Oryx near Larsen's Camp, and 'kidnapped' four baby oryx cubs which she adopted as her own. The first one was killed by a male lion, one was returned by rangers to its parents, and the other two were taken back by their mother when the lioness was hunting. She didn't hunt oryx, but killed other gazelles for food. However, other lions were taking advantage of this, because the oryx were so used to her, they could then sneak more easily up on the oryx.
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Beisa Oryx sketch
Eastern Yellow-billed HornbillEastern Yellow-billed Hornbill are easy to recognise, and the easiest place to see them is the Samburu/Buffalo Springs/Shaba complex.
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