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Animals of the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Conservation Area

by Adam Scott Kennedy and Vicki Kennedy Princeton University Press
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Containing 146 stunning color photos, Animals of the Serengeti is a remarkable look at the mammals and reptiles most likely to be encountered in the world-famous Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater. With an eye-catching layout, accessible text, and easy-to-use format, this detailed photographic guide includes 89 species of mammal and reptile. Useful 'Top Tips'--shared by local Tanzanian guides that work in the region--provide visitors with insights into behavioral habits and how to locate specific animals. Filled with vivid anecdotes, Animals of the Serengeti will enable any safari traveler to identify the area's wildlife with ease. Covers the 89 species likely to be encountered in Tanzania's Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Conservation Area Features male and female variationsAccessible text aimed at safari visitors of all levels

About this book 7

About the guides 10

Geography of the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCA) 12

The great migrations 14

Map of the 'Greater Serengeti area' 16

Where to watch wildlife in the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCA) 20


Lion Panthera leo 24

Leopard Panthera pardus 28

Cheetah Acinonyx jubatus 32

Serval Leptailurus serval 36

Caracal Caracal caracal 37

Wild Cat Felis sylvestris 38

African Civet Civettictis civetta 39

Small-spotted Genet Genetta genetta 40

Large-spotted Genet Genetta tigrina 40

Spotted Hyena Crocuta crocuta 42

Aardwolf Proteles cristata 44

Striped Hyena Hyena hyaena 45

Dwarf Mongoose Helogale parvula 46

Banded Mongoose Mungos mungo 47

Slender Mongoose Herpestes sanguineus 48

Ichneumon Mongoose Herpestes ichneumon 49

Marsh Mongoose Atilax paludinosus 50

White-tailed Mongoose Ichneumia albicauda 51

Zorilla Ictonyx striatus 52

Honey Badger Mellivora capensis 53

Black-backed Jackal Canis mesomelas 54

Side-striped Jackal Canis adustus 55

Golden Jackal Canis aureus 56

Bat-eared Fox Otocyon megalotis 58

Wild Dog Lycaon pictus 59

Pangolin Smutsia temminckii 60

Aardvark Orycteropus afer 61

African Elephant Loxodonta africana 62

Black Rhinoceros Diceros bicornis 67

Hippopotamus Hippopotamus amphibius 68

Cape Buffalo Syncerus caffer 70

Bushpig Potamochoerus larvatus 73

Warthog Phacochoerus africanus 74

Plains Zebra Equus quagga 76

Maasai Giraffe Giraffa camelopardalis 80

Eland Tragelaphus oryx 84

Roan Hippotragus equinus 86

Bush Duiker Sylvicapra grimmia 87

Steinbuck Raphicerus campestris 88

Oribi Ourebia ourebi 89

Kirk's Dik-dik Madoqua kirkii 90

Klipspringer Oreotragus oreotragus 91

Mountain Reedbuck Redunca fulvorufula 92

Bohor Reedbuck Redunca redunca 93

Bushbuck Tragelaphus scriptus 94

Defassa Waterbuck Kobus ellipsiprymnus 95

Impala Aepyceros melampus 96

Grant's Gazelle Nanger granti 98

Thomson's Gazelle Eudorcas thomsonii 100

Coke's Hartebeest Alcelaphus buselaphus 102

Topi Damaliscus lunatus 103

White-bearded Wildebeest Connochaetes taurinus 104

Cape Hare Lepus capensis 108

Scrub Hare Lepus saxatilis 108

Springhare Pedetes capensis 109

Unstriped Ground Squirrel Xerus rutilus 110

Grass Rat Arvicanthis niloticus 111

White-bellied Hedgehog Atelerix albiventris 112

Crested Porcupine Hystrix cristata 113

Rock Hyrax Procavia capensis 114

Southern Tree Hyrax Dendrohyrax arboreus 115

Bush Hyrax Heterohyrax brucei 115

Greater Galago Otolemur crassicaudatus 116

Lesser Galago Galago senegalensis 117

Guereza Colobus Colobus guereza 118

Patas Monkey Erythrocebus patas 120

Blue Monkey Cercopithecus mitis 122

Vervet Monkey Chlorocebus pygerythrus 124

Olive Baboon Papio anubis 126

Rufous Sengi Elephantulus rufescens 128


Nile Crocodile Crocodylus niloticus 130

Savanna Monitor Varanus albigularis 132

Nile Monitor Varanus niloticus 132

Leopard Tortoise Geochelone pardalis 134

Helmeted Terrapin Pelomedusa subrufa 135

Flap-necked Chameleon Chamaeleo dilepis 136

Striped Skink Mabuya striata 136

Tropical House Gecko Hemidactylus mabouia 138

Cape Dwarf Gecko Lygodactylus capensis 139

Mwanza Flat-headed Agama Agama mwanzae 140

Red-headed Rock Agama Agama agama 140

Blue-headed Tree Agama Acanthocercus atricollis 141

Black-necked Spitting Cobra Naja nigricollis 142

Black Mamba Dendroaspis polylepis 143

Spotted Bush Snake Philothamnus semivariegatus 144

Velvety-green Night Adder Causus resimus 144

Puff Adder Bitis arietans 145

African Rock Python Python natalensis 146

Further reading and useful resources 148

Acknowledgements 149

Photographic credits 149

Index 150

''The book is uniquely peppered with anecdotes and tips from six local safari guides working in the region. This human touch is a nice feature, and it's likely you'll come across one of the 'Big 6' on safari in the region... Animals of the Serengeti is an accessible and attractive photographic field guide, appropriate for the wildlife enthusiast who is looking for more than simply not going on safari empty handed.''--Derek Kverno, Birding in Tanzania ''Essential book if you are heading for the Serengeti... Excellent.''--Derek Moore, Derek Bird Brain ''Animals of the Serengeti: And Ngorongoro Conservation Area by Adam Scott Kennedy and Vicki Kennedy is an easy-to-use guidebook that is also very readable... The book is lightweight with each page filled with pictures and brief scientific explanations for each animal. Still, what I find most intriguing about the book, which I also think you will also enjoy, is the incorporation of short first-hand stories told by local guides... A great read.''--Gabriel Thoumi,
Since 2008, Adam Scott Kennedy and Vicki Kennedy have managed remote luxury safari camps in Tanzania and Kenya and now operate as private safari guides, specializing in photographic and wildlife safaris in East Africa. Information on their tours and stock image library can be found at They are the coauthors of ''Animals of the Masai Mara'' (Princeton WILD''Guides'').