Wildlife of Southern Kenya
Few elephants in Africa have been as closely studied as those of Amboseli, the scene of decades of elephant research led by Cynthia Moss. As a consequence, there’s nowhere else in Africa where you can get closer to these magnificent creatures. The elephants of Tsavo, caked in ochre-red mud, and the black rhinos of Tsavo West, have had an entirely different relationship with human beings, having been killed in their thousands in the 1970s and 1980s by poachers. Their continued survival only adds to the excitement of seeing them in the wild. And then of course there are the world-famous lions of Tsavo, descendants perhaps of the world’s most notorious man-eaters. Lions are also common in Amboseli and Lumo Community Wildlife Sanctuary. Leopards are also present in most of the parks, while cheetahs frequent both Tsavo East and Amboseli. Hippos, crocodiles, zebras, giraffes, antelope of every imaginable kind and abundant birdlife all help to make this a splendid place to go looking for wildlife.