Big cats in Serengeti National Park

Big cats in Serengeti National Park

Big cats in Serengeti National Park

Big cats in Serengeti National Park include lions, leopards, and cheetahs, and these predators can be seen as tourists enjoy a safari around the national park which is located in the northern part of Tanzania.

Serengeti national park is a popular wildlife viewing destination of Tanzania which is also the largest national park covering about 14750 square kilometers. The national park is also home to numerous wildlife and bird species.

Different attractions can also be seen in Serengeti national park which is made up of the western Serengeti, Serengeti plains and northern Serengeti. This national park can be visited all throughout the year however the dry season from June to October is recommended for wildlife viewing. The big cats of Serengeti national park include the following; 

Lions 

Serengeti national park is home to over 3000 lions which is said to be the largest population of lions in Africa. The national park has about 300 lion prides which can be seen during a safari around the endless plains at the destination.

The male lions in Serengeti national park can be identified during a safari by their manes. In the central part of Serengeti national park or the Seronera area, lions in their prides, as well as other predators, can be spotted while on a safari.

Lions are carnivores and they prey on wildlife species such as buffalos and hippos and many others and watching as these lions hunt their prey during a safari around the endless plains of Serengeti national park is something to look forward to during a safari.

During the wildebeest migration in Serengeti national park, lions can also be spotted moving near the wildebeest herds as they wait to prey on unknowing wildebeests. This migration takes place annually and involves movement of over 2 million wildebeests across the Mara-Serengeti ecosystem.

The female lions of Serengeti national park can be seen moving with their cubs around the national park and are also known to hunt more than the male lions. Another fact about lions is that they are part of the big 5 which are the most difficult wildlife species to hunt on foot.

Leopards

Leopards are also part of the big 5 of Serengeti national park and are known for their ability to hide by using camouflage. Serengeti national park has about 1000 leopards and can be identified by their spotted coats.

The leopards during a safari around Serengeti national park can be seen among the trees. Leopards are also carnivores with spots that are similar to the shape of roses. They are also solitary animals and can be seen hunting for their prey in the endless plains of Serengeti national park alone.

From up in the trees, leopards can also be seen as they feed on their prey during a safari in Serengeti national park. These leopards can also be seen around Seronera area in the national park as tourists enjoy exploring the destination.

The difference between the male and female leopards of Serengeti national park is that the male leopards are bigger than the female leopards. Leopards generally are also said to be the smallest compared to other cats.

When hunting for their prey, leopards take advantage of their camouflage and also their stealth nature to get to the prey. Leopards in Serengeti national park are also known to be very fast and can run up to about 58 km/h which is an advantage when they have their prey in their sight and they kill their prey in one swift move.

Leopards can also easily adapt to their environment and to any weather. The tails of the leopards also play an important role in balancing the leopards on the trees where they can be seen resting during a safari around Serengeti national park.

Another fact about the leopards of Serengeti national park is that they are nocturnal wildlife species therefore can also be spotted during a game viewing experience in the night.

Cheetahs

There are over 300 cheetahs that can be seen during a safari around Serengeti national park. Cheetahs are considered the fastest land animals and apart from Serengeti national park, they can also be spotted in Tarangire national park which is also located in the northern part of Tanzania.

Cheetahs can be spotted in the open plains of Serengeti national park in locations such as around the Namiri plains as well as around the Seronera area. The difference between male and female cheetahs is that the male ones are bigger with larger heads compared to the female cheetahs.

Another fact about female cheetahs is that they are solitary and are usually accompanied by their cubs as they hunt. The cheetah cubs after about a year separate from their mothers and are left on their own in the open plains of Serengeti national park. 

In appearance, cheetahs have solid black spots and a light tan and also have tear like strips which run from their eyes to the mouth. Among different individuals, the tip of the tail of cheetahs can be black or white.

Cheetahs are also said to be the most endangered big cats. 

Other wildlife species of Serengeti national park 

Apart from the big cats such as lions, leopards and cheetahs, Serengeti national park also has other wildlife species which can be spotted during safaris around its endless savannah plains and woodlands.

Wildlife species of Serengeti national park include wildebeests, zebras, elephants, giraffes, hippos, hyenas, gazelles, impalas, antelopes, waterbucks, hartebeests, kudu, rhinos, buffalos and many others.

Game viewing activities which are carried out in Serengeti national park include game drives which are carried out in the morning, afternoon or evening and night. There are also hot air balloon safaris, guided nature walks and hot air balloon safaris which are carried out in the national park. 

There are also over 500 bird species in Serengeti national park that can be spotted during a safari at the destination. Bird watching is best done during the wet season from November to April.

Visit Serengeti national park and explore the open savannah plains as you enjoy looking out for lions, leopards, cheetahs and many other wildlife species.

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