Tag Archives: Big 5

African Elephant Loxodonta africana

African Elephant Loxodonta africana is common and herds over 100 can be seen. You can actually follow two of them, Kimani and Carlos, on twitter, making them the worlds biggest tweeeters.

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Leopard Panthera pardus

Leopard Panthera pardus is one of the Big 5 and usually the most elusive. Even the most legendary cat, the panther, has been seen here. It is the rare melanistic version, found in nearby Mt Kenya/ Aberdare. And we have one leopard regularly patrolling the camp. If you hear baboons this might be the reason, […]

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Lion Panthera leo

Lion Panthera leo is our most famed animal and Elsa the lioness and Christian the lion was rehabilitiated to the wild in Meru. Elsa was the star in Born Free, a movie recorded in Meru 50 years ago and Christian went viral when he hugged his previous owners in the reunion at Kora Rock viewed […]

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African Buffalo Syncerus caffer

African Buffalo Syncerus caffer is one of the Big 5 and usually regarded as the most dangerous. If you encounter one when walking lay down because then he can’t use his horn.

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Black Rhinoceros Diceros bicornis

Black Rhinoceros Diceros bicornis is found in the Rhino Sanctuary where roughly twice as many white exist. They are both grey and identified on the mouth as the white is a grass-eater with wide mouth. The black looks more compact/ muscular and have the head held up high. Even if the Rhino Sanctuary is fenced […]

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White Rhinoceros Ceratotherium simum

White Rhinoceros Ceratotherium simum is thriving in Meru and is found in the fenced Rhino Sanctuary.They are named after their wide mouth used when browsing for grass and not the colour. There have been a couple of poaching incidents but Meru is regarded as the safest haven for rhinos in Kenya.

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