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Discussion in 'Kenya' started by zooboyabroad, 11 Oct 2014.

  1. zooboyabroad

    zooboyabroad Well-Known Member

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    I've been completely inactive on ZooChat for over a year now but I've been silently observing threads on the Forums. I felt like creating a thread to discuss the incredible region I have just moved to: East Africa.

    I left Amman, Jordan this year and have been in Nairobi for about 2 months now. I've only been on one safari so far (Nairobi National Park) but am leaving in 1 week for a 2-nighter in the Masai Mara, right as the migration wraps up (October). Feel free to ask any questions here or discuss any topics. Or do check the Gallery for new pics frequently. :):):)
     
  2. vogelcommando

    vogelcommando Well-Known Member

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    Just had a look in the Kenya-gallery and you made some real good photos zooboyabroad ! Hope you keep sharing your pictures with us and also news from Kenyan wildlife is of course always welcome !
    BTW are there any zoos or zoo-related places ( reptile-parks, bird-parks aquariums etc. ) near the place you live ?
     
  3. zooboyabroad

    zooboyabroad Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for having a look vogelcommando! I'll be updating as frequently as I can and posting photos in the Gallery too. In less than a week I'll be in the Masai Mara and then off to Lake Naivasha, so new photos and posts should be coming by then.

    As a matter of fact, there does happen to be a "zoo" inside the main entrance of Nairobi National Park, called the Nairobi Safari Walk, which exhibits orphaned animals in large naturalistic habitats. Highlights to see there include a pygmy hippo, albino zebra, mountain bongo, and a functioning leopard trap.
    There also happens to be a mediocre reptile park in the complex that houses the Nairobi National Museum, with a decent collection of snakes, turtles, tortoises, lizards and crocodilians.

    Below is a list of roughly all the mammal and bird species I saw on my first visit to Nairobi National Park:

    Mammals:
    African Buffalo
    Bushbuck
    Burchell's Zebra
    Grant's Gazelle
    Impala
    Masai Giraffe
    Red Hartebeest
    Rock Hyrax
    Syke's Monkey
    Thomson's Gazelle
    Warthog
    Waterbuck
    Wildebeest

    Birds:
    African Spoonbill
    Marabou Stork
    Ruppell's Vulture
    Secretary Bird
    Superb Starling

    And here is the species list (mammals, birds and reptiles) seen at the Nairobi Safari Walk:

    African Buffalo
    African Leopard
    African Lion
    Black-and-White Colobus Monkey
    Burchell's Zebra
    Cheetah
    Giant Eland
    Mountain Bongo
    Nile Crocodile
    Ostrich
    Pygmy Hippopotamus
    Reticulated Giraffe
    Southern White Rhinoceros
    Thomson's Gazelle
     
  4. LaughingDove

    LaughingDove Well-Known Member

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    I would definitely reccomend Lake Nakuru if you get the chance.
     
  5. zooboyabroad

    zooboyabroad Well-Known Member

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    Masai Mara

    I've gotten back from my two-night safari in the legendary Masai Mara National Reserve. Check the Gallery soon for some details and highlights!