One of the top reasons to visit Tanzania is of course the safari quest that makes it on top of the bucket list destination for many. You may have heard of a close encounter of a deadly animal kill or an emotional moment in the vast Savannah. To make your journey more exciting, we are sharing interesting wildlife facts to get you planning for your next safari holiday!
- Tanzania is home to 364 species of mammals and 1108 species of birds.
- There are around 130 amphibian and over 275 reptile species, many of which are endemic.
- The Serengeti National Park is most famous for its annual migration of over one million and a half white bearded (or brindled) wildebeest and 250,000 zebra.
- Up to 250,000 wildebeest die each year in the long and arduous movement to find forage in the dry season.
- Some of Africa’s most famous mammal species are native to Tanzania including the wildebeest, zebra, giraffe, elephant, rhino, lion and leopard.
- Approximately 25,000 large animals, largely ungulates along with reputedly the highest density of mammalian predators in Africa, lives in the Ngorongoro Crater.
- Jane Goodall pioneered her behavioral research conducted on the chimpanzee populations in Gombe Stream National Park which is located in western Tanzania.
- The Selous Game Reserve is one of the largest fauna reserves of the world, covering a total area of 54,600 km² with no permanent habitation.
- Tarangire National Park supports one of the highest densities of large ungulates in East Africa, in addition oryx, lesser kudu, and the largest population of elephants in northern Tanzania.
- The kipunji, discovered in 2003, is the first new monkey genus discovered in Africa in more than 80 years and is extremely rare.
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