Wildlife at Maasai Mara Nature Reserve and Lake Navaisha, Kenya. All the photographs are captured with my Canon 6D and Tamron 200-600mm lens. I hope that you like this format and help you use it as a checklist to identify the wildlife much more easily
Note that The descriptions of the wildlife below are referenced from Wikipedia. Please be advised this might not be the full list of wildlife at the nature reserve. For a full list, please visit the Mara Conversancy
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Maasai Mara Nature Reserve
The Big 5 Game of Africa
The Big Five game animals of Africa are the lion, leopard, rhinoceros (both south-central black and southern white species), elephant, and Cape buffalo. The term was coined by big-game hunters and referred to the five most difficult animals in Africa to hunt on foot.
The leopard (Panthera pardus) is one of the five extant species in the genus Panthera, a member of the Felidae.
The black rhinoceros or hook-lipped rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis) is a species of rhinoceros, native to eastern and southern Africa including Angola, Botswana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Eswatini, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe
The African buffalo or Cape buffalo (Syncerus caffer) is a large sub-Saharan African bovine.
THE GREAT MIGRATION
THE MAMMAL LIST
The Warthog, Phacochoerus is a genus in the family Suidae, commonly known as warthogs (pronounced wart-hog). It is the sole genus of subfamily Phacochoerinae. These pigs live in open and semiopen habitats, even in quite arid regions, in sub-Saharan Africa.
The giraffe (Giraffa) is an African artiodactyl mammal, the tallest living terrestrial animal and the largest ruminant. It is traditionally considered to be one species, Giraffa camelopardalis, with nine subspecies.
The hippopotamus (/ˌhɪpəˈpɒtəməs/HIP-ə-POT-ə-məs; Hippopotamus amphibius), also called the hippo, common hippopotamus or river hippopotamus, is a large, mostly herbivorous, semiaquatic mammal and ungulate native to sub-Saharan Africa.
Kirk’s dik-dik(Madoqua kirkii) is a small antelope native to Eastern Africa and one of four species of dik-dik antelope. It is believed to have six subspecies and possibly a seventh existing in southwest Africa. Dik-diks are herbivores, typically of a fawn color that aids in camouflaging themselves in savannah habitats
The topi(Damaliscus lunatus jimela) is a subspecies of the common tsessebe. It is a highly social and fast type of antelope found in the savannas, semi-deserts, and floodplains of sub-Saharan Africa.
The plains zebra(Equus quagga, formerly Equus burchellii), also known as the common zebra, is the most common and geographically widespread species of zebra. Its range is fragmented, but spans much of southern and eastern Africa south of the Sahara.
The cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) is a large cat native to Africa and central Iran. It is the fastest land animal, capable of running at 80 to 128 km/h (50 to 80 mph), and as such has several adaptations for speed, including a light build, long thin legs and a long tail.
The marabou stork (Leptoptilos crumenifer) is a large wading bird in the stork family Ciconiidae.
The African fish eagle(Haliaeetus vocifer), or the African sea eagle, is a large species of eagle found throughout sub-Saharan Africa wherever large bodies of open water with an abundant food supply occur.