Serengeti animals (Serengeti wildlife) , the endless plains of Serengeti is a home wildlife. Serengeti national park inhabits the highest concentration of wildlife especially the large mammals not only in Tanzania but Africa as a whole. Serengeti national park is a home of the wildebeest migration and all the African Big5, the park is the best park for game viewing with few or no other tourism destinations in Africa that give more wildlife experience than Serengeti national park.
Are you planning lifetime wildlife safari, Serengeti is your one stop destination for the best wildlife viewing with more than 30 animal species found in the park and not in samples but in large numbers. The following are the key Serengeti animals:
Serengeti national park is a home of large herds of Buffalos that can be viewed throughout the year. The African buffalo sometimes called cape buffalo is every social animal that lives in groups unless if the male dominant is defeated you can find it isolated. The Buffalo is among the African Big 5 very slow but sure and dangerous especially if it charges it attacks aggressively.
The Buffalo weighs up to 750 kilograms when it’s fully grown and mature at Serengeti national park where the grass is in plenty, the shoulder is around 1.5 meters’ height.
These are the last additions to Serengeti animals, it’s not of recent that Elephants were seen at the park like 30 years back. The Elephants joined Serengeti animal list at around 1960’s and 1970’s though the population was small after great poaching and clearance of their habitats at the neighborhoods of Ngorongoro pushing the Elephants to seek refuge at Serengeti. According to 2014 Elephant census it was discovered that there were over 7000 Elephants leaving in Serengeti. Elephants can be in groups but in less than 24 in number, they can be spotted at the cool part of the day and in hot time they can be seen in swamp areas of Serengeti near the research center area. They are very active late in the evenings as they are grazing.
The king of the jungle is among the African big 5 which every guests want to see while on a game drive in any park of Africa. Lions contribute to Serengeti animals that can be easily seen on every day game drive in most cases in Seronera Area and in Moru Kopjes. Tree climbing Lions are becoming popular in Serengeti national park in the central park.
Lions are the biggest of all the big cat family and also in carnivore, they live in groups and prides are always made up of more females and the young ones with one or two males. The female lions are the ones who hunt while the male ones are the first to eat after the prey is killed. In Serengeti national park lions, follow the wildebeest migration very much and during calving season more lions are seen on the southern Serengeti in Ndutu area.
Lions mostly prey on small animals like Antelopes, wildebeest, Impala, gazelles, zebra and sometimes Buffalos.
Serengeti has the largest number of lions population in Africa with over 3,000 lions found in the open endless plains of Serengeti national park. This has given good balancing of eco system in Serengeti.
Leopards are Solitary cats that need specialized experience and an eagle eye for one to spot while at the game drive because Leopards hunt on their own, leave single life except if they are in mating season. That is when you can easily cite them in pair if not very rare unless again it’s the female with the young ones. These animals are active both night and day and they take their own time to hunt and plan taking most of their times in trees and remote hideouts at the park.
Leopards have good sight that gives them high chances of spotting and ambushing their prey at a good distance or at high on top of the tree. They like living in trees that are located near water catchment areas where the animals come and quench their thirst from. In Serengeti they are mostly seen at the Seronera area in denser parts of the woodlands. Its estimated that the park has around 1000 leopards in population.
These are the rarest of the big 5 of Africa in the list of Serengeti animals. They are only cited on the Northern part of the park. The Eastern black Rhinos are found at the Kopjes with very few individuals remaining after rampant poaching. The park authorities have just recovered from the declined number of Rhinos in Serengeti. Due to their leaving in hidden and border areas these has given the Maasai locals from Kenya an advantage to poach the Rhinos at the border
The number of Rhinos in Serengeti is 31 individuals currently available at the park, they can be got grazing in small groups of 5 to 10 depending on your luck and timing. As Elephants Rhinos are active during the cold time of the day, like grazing mostly at night or very early in the morning and spent most of the day resting. Therefore night game drives are ideal to view these rhino species.
The Maasai Giraffes are very common animals in Serengeti as they are the tallest living mammals. They are the friendliest animals at the park, they can be found in groups or as individuals. There is a thriving population of giraffes in Serengeti national park leaving in Seronera area especially found where Acacia trees are many. They are rarely attacked by predators except the young ones which are preferred by the lions.
The wildebeest migration, is the main reason why serengeti national park is famous. The park has over 1.5 million wildebeest across the plains of Serengeti. The wildebeest move according to the serengeti climate of the year following the annual rainfall patterns. These animals move together with other animals like Zebras, Impala, Gazelles among others. Wildebeest is a key attraction of Serengeti national park that makes it more unique from other parks.