Tag Archives: Northern 5

Somali Ostrich Struthio molybdophanes

Somali Ostrich Struthio molybdophanes is one of our Northern Specials, a large flightless bird native to the Horn of Africa. It was previously considered a subspecies of the ostrich, but was identified as a distinct species in 2014. The skin of the neck and thighs of the Somali ostrich is grey-blue (rather than pinkish in […]

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Reticulated Giraffe Giraffe camelopardalis reticulata

Reticulated Giraffe Giraffe camelopardalis reticulata The spots on Masai and reticulated giraffes are vastly different. Masai giraffes have rather unpredictable, very deep brown spots that closely resemble oak leave. These ragged spots are a major contrast to those of reticulated giraffes, which are slightly lighter brown in color and shaped very similarly to polygons — […]

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Beisa Oryx Oryx Beisa Beisa

Beisa Oryx Oryx Beisa Beisa One of our Northern 5. In medieval England, oryx horns were marketed as unicorn horns and they might be correct.. The oryx is an antelope with two long, thin horns projecting from its forehead. Some have suggested that seen from the side and from a distance, the oryx looks something […]

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Fringe-Eared Oryx Oryx Beisa callotis

Fringe-Eared Oryx Oryx Beisa callotis is found on the Kora side of Tana river.There is a short mane of brownish hair, as well as tufts of black hair above the hooves, at the end of the tail, and on the ears. It is from the last feature, unique among the various kinds of oryx, that […]

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Gerenuk Litocranius walleri

Gerenuk Litocranius walleri is one of our Northern 5. Found in the drier part of the park and is unique as it never drink water- it gets all water from the leaves.

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Grevy zebra Equus grevyi

Grevy’s zebra Equus grevyi is the rarest of our Northern Specials. Identified with thin stripes and white belly and endangered with fewer wild zebras than tigers. All have their unique pattern, like our fingerprints. One of the targets we had was to get them in the same photo for comparison, which is possible in Meru. […]

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