Wildlife in Non-urban Kenya

    I recently went to Kenya, so I’m going to talk about wild animals there. Kenya has become famous for its beautiful wildlife. Kenya is known for these animals; hippopotamus, lion, cheetah, African buffalo, African elephant, wildebeest, zebra, giraffe and the rhinoceros. The flamingo, the ostrich, the impala, and the gazelle are also common in Kenya.

I will first talk about animals common in the Lewa Conservancy, which is where I went after I left Nairobi. The Lewa Conservancy is known for its success in the tourist industry, as well as its success in conserving wildlife. The Lewa Conservancy is especially known for conserving rhinoceroses. A long time ago, rhinoceroses roamed freely, with roughly twenty-thousand in Kenya in the 1960s. Because of poaching, the rhinoceros population in the 1980s dwindled to roughly 300 rhinoceroses! Thanks to conservancies like Lewa, the population has doubled, but black rhinoceroses are still endangered.

The Masai Mara is known for the Masai tribe, and its beautiful wildlife. Many tourists go to the Masai Mara in the hope to see “The Big Five” (which is the buffalo, the lion, the leopard, the elephant and the rhinoceros) and “The Big Nine” (which is actually the big five plus the cheetah, the zebra, the giraffe, and the hippopotamus). The Masai Mara is one of the few places where you can see the big nine in one two-to-three hour game drive. The Masai Mara is also home to the hyena (which can eat bones), the Masai giraffe, and the wildebeest. I was fortunate enough to see the great migration from the Serengeti to the Masai Mara and I also saw wildebeest cross the Mara river, which is infested with crocodiles. 


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