Mammals

A stunning variety of iconic African wildlife.

More than 60 larger mammals live in Meru. The most likely places to see the big mammals the checklist below the map gives more information. Remember what you see will vary with the weather, season, and behavior of the animals. You might see these and other animals in other places in the park, or you might not see any at all. Enjoy looking for and watching wildlife.

Click on the album or the english name for more information!

Checklist of mammals

NameLatinHabitatPopulationTagGroup
WarthogPhacochoerus africanus pigseven-toed ungulates
Desert warthogPhacochoerus aethiopicuspigseven-toed ungulates
BushpigPotamochoerus larvatuspigseven-toed ungulates
Reticulated GiraffeGiraffe camelopardalis reticulatagiraffeseven-toed ungulates
Common HippopotamusHippopotamus amphibiushippopotalamuseseven-toed ungulates
Blue DuikerCephalophus monticoladuikerseven-toed ungulates
Common DuikerSylvicapra grimmiaduikerseven-toed ungulates
Günther's dik-dikMadoqua guentheridikdikseven-toed ungulates
Kirk’s Dik-DikMadoqua kirkiidikdikseven-toed ungulates
OribiOurebia ourebidwarf antelopeseven-toed ungulates
SuniNeutragus moschatusdwarf antelopeseven-toed ungulates
SteenbokRaphicerus campestrisdwarf antelopeseven-toed ungulates
Bright’s gazellenanger granti brightigazelleseven-toed ungulates
Bohor ReedbuckRedunca reduncareduncine antelopeseven-toed ungulates
Common WaterbuckKobus ellipsiprymnusreduncine antelopeseven-toed ungulates
Coke’s HartebeestAlcelaphus buselaphus cokiialcelaphine antelopeseven-toed ungulates
WildebeestConnochaetes taurinusalcelaphine antelopeseven-toed ungulates
Beisa OryxOryx Beisa Beisahorse-like antelopeseven-toed ungulates
Fringe-Eared OryxOryx Beisa callotishorse-like antelopeseven-toed ungulates
GerenukLitocranius wallerigazelleseven-toed ungulates
ImpalaAepyceros melampusimpalaeven-toed ungulates
BushbuckTragelaphus scriptusspiral-horned bovineseven-toed ungulates
Greater KuduTragelaphus strepsicerosspiral-horned bovineseven-toed ungulates
Lesser KuduTragelaphus imberbisspiral-horned bovineseven-toed ungulates
Common ElandTragelaphus (Taurotragus) oryxspiral-horned bovineseven-toed ungulates
African BuffaloSyncerus cafferbuffaloeven-toed ungulates
Black RhinocerosDiceros bicornisrhinosodd-toed ungulates
White RhinocerosCeratotherium simumrhinosodd-toed ungulates
Plains ZebraEquus burchelliizebras and assesodd-toed ungulates
Grévy's zebraEquus grevyizebras and assesodd-toed ungulates
African ElephantLoxodonta africanaelephantsafroteria
Yellow-spotted bush hyraxHeterohyrax bruceihyraxesafroteria
Eastern Tree HyraxDendrohyrax arboreushyraxesafroteria
AardvarkOrycteropus aferaardvarkafroteria
Cape PangolinManis temminckiipangolinsscaly ant-eaters
 Large spotted genetgenetta tigrinagenets and civitscarnivores
Common GenetGenetta genettagenets and civitscarnivores
African Civetcivettictis civettagenets and civitscarnivores
Egyptian MongooseHerpestes ichneumonmongoosescarnivores
Marsh MongooseAtilax paludinosusmongoosescarnivores
Dwarf MongooseHelpgale parvulamongoosescarnivores
Banded MongooseMungos mungomongoosescarnivores
African Clawless OtterCape Clawless Otterotterscarnivores
Spotted Hyenacrocuta crocutahyenascarnivores
striped hyenahyaena hyaenahyenascarnivores
AardwolfProteles cristatushyenascarnivores
African WildcatFelis libycacatscarnivores
ServalFelis (Leptaillurus) servalcatscarnivores
CaracalFelis (Caracal) caracalcatscarnivores
LeopardPanthera parduscatscarnivores
LionPanthera leocatscarnivores
CheetahAcinonyx jubatuscatscarnivores
Brush-tailed PorcupineAtherurus africanusporcupinesrodents
Bat-eared FoxOtocyon magalotisfoxes and dogscarnivores
Black-backed JackalCanis mesomelasdogs and alliescarnivores
Side-striped JackalCanis adustusdogs and alliescarnivores
African Wild DogLycaon pictusdogs and alliescarnivores
Striped Polecat / ZorillaIctonyx striatusweaselscarnivores
Honey Badger / RatelMellivora capensisweaselscarnivores
Kenya Lesser galagoGalago senegalensisbushbabiesprimates
Somali lesser galagoGalago gallarumbushbabiesprimates
Northern Greater GalagoOtolemur garnettibushbabiesprimates
Syke’s Monkey / Blue MonkeyCercopithecus mitiscolobid monkeysprimates
Vervet MonkeyCercopithecus aethiopscheek pouch monkeysprimates
Olive BaboonPapio cynocephalus anubisKorababoonsprimates
Yellow baboonictonyx striatusbaboonsprimates
Naked Mole RatHeterocephalus glabermole ratsrodents
High diversity of mammals in Meru with many rare and unique species

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