The animals found in Masai Mara National Reserve
Animals in Masai Mara National Reserve: Masai Mara National Reserve is the most preferred destination in Kenya and it is the most valuable destination that has boosted Kenyan tourism. Because of its great attractions, Masai Mara National Reserve is the most visited destination in Kenya.
There are very many animal species that are found in Masai Mara National Reserve and it is one of the protected areas in Africa with a variety of animal species. The Masai Mara National Reserve has scenic and beautiful views of the wildlife which can be seen throughout the year.
The most spotted animals are the big five animals that are permanent residents within the reserve and other larger populations of the animals that can be seen which include the wildebeest, topis, Giraffes, Zebras, and many other animals.
Masai Mara National Reserve offers tourists or visitors the best game drive safaris especially those who are interested in seeing the big five animals of Africa which include lions, leopards, elephants, rhinos, and buffaloes. There are also other wildlife species other than animals which include the bird species.
Masai Mara National Reserve has a total of 450 bird species and thus you can have a share of other species in the reserve in addition to seeing the wonderful animals.
Some of the animals in Masai Mara National Reserve are described below;
The lion prides of Masai Mara National Reserve
Masai Mara National Reserve is popular for its large pride of lions and in fact in Kenya, Masai Mara National Reserve has got the highest concentration of lions in all protected areas.
The Mara predator project was established to protect and conserve the lions in several conservancies in and around Masai Mara National Reserve.
This project helps in building and collecting information that enables them to identify the lions. The pride of lions in Masai Mara National Reserve is named after the nearest campsite where they were first spotted especially during the safaris game drives.
Lions are the kings of the jungle however they are so vulnerable especially at the young age where they have to go through hard challenges of predators and the rodents that try to eat and disturb the young ones of the lions. And this explains the reason why lions are not common and why the population of lions cannot increase spontaneously.
At times some of the male lions may kill the young ones such that the lioness may come faster on the heat for the mating to continue. And somehow this the reason as the lions are kings of the jungle despite the low population.
The cheetahs of Masai Mara National Reserve
Cheetahs are known as the fastest animals in the world and it is always very calm and easy comparing to all other big cats and sometimes the cheetahs can as well as be kept home as the house bet.
The cheetah’s population in Masai Mara National Reserve is very big and good enough and these can be seen during the game drives at the Masai Mara National Reserve and you can see them coming running at your car and they can rarely enter your car.
Some of the people mistaken the cheetahs with leopards because they look like however, these two animals are different with cheetahs having the tearing lion from eyes running down to the mouth and they are less muscular as compared to other leopards.
The vegetation of the Masai Mara National Reserve makes it easy for the visitors or the clients to stand and spot the cheetahs while standing at the top of the termite hills or having raised at the rocks around the reserve.
The leopards of Masai Mara National Reserve
Out of the African big 5 animals, leopards are the smallest animal and they are so smart in hunting and deadly with strong muscular body.
The leopard is so shy and it is very hard to spot it a bit because of our professional tour guide, you will be able to spot the leopards in Masai Mara National Reserve.
In most cases, the leopards in Masai Mara National Reserve usually are seen on top of the trees and they live in a secret environment where they can easily spot their prey.
Also, the number of leopards in the Masai Mara National Reserve is good for you to come and see them in Masai Mara National Reserve. Because of the population of the Leopards, some of the parts of the Masai Mara National Reserve were named after these animals for example the Leopard Gorge.
The leopards are very strong animals and can even move or climb with their prey to the trees after killing them. Even if the prey the bigger than the leopard, it will be carried by the leopard.
Elephants in Masai Mara National Reserve
Elephants in Masai Mara National Reserve are the largest mammals on land and the Masai Mara National Reserve has got the highest population of elephants not only in Kenya but in entire Africa as well.
The Masai Mara National Reserve has got over 30,000 elephants and the Masai Mara National Reserve population of elephants have been growing firstly and this is attributed to the Kenya government and the local community for collaborative efforts in conserving and protecting the wildlife and elephants in the Masai Mara National Reserve and the whole country.
The so African elephants can be seen mostly in Masai Mara National Reserve and they are very simple animals but if they are disturbed they can easily become dangerous animals.
African elephants are so gentle and they use the trick for most of the daily activities especially feeding, fighting, drinking water and holding a lot of things, and more others.
The black of Rhinos of Masai Mara National Reserve
The black rhinos are also among the big five animals of the Masai Mara National Reserve. It was believed that at first, the Masai Mara National Reserve had only big 4 animals but later recently the black Rhinos were cited in the Masai Mara National Reserve.
This was because the black rhinos were shy and went away hiding from other animals and poaching by the poachers. The rhino horns are in high demand especially in Asian countries which has increased the threat to the black rhinos.
The Population of the black Rhinos has started to stabilize and grow at the Masai Mara National Reserve and this increases the number of tourist attractions at the reserve.