Wildebeest crossing the Mara River - Kenya
© Johann du Toit
Typically males can be distinguished from females by their size and more muscular shoulders.
Of all the cats, the Lion is the only one with pronounced sexual dimorphism, where the male starts developing a mane by 2 yrs old.
Banded mongooses are small carnivores, similar in look to a weasel or cat, mongooses have brown and gray fur.
They are commonly found in grasslands maintained by fire or heavy grazing.Oribi prefers flats or gentle slopes and is commonest on open lawns of grass kept short by compaction, poor soils. In habitats densities of 45 per km2 have been recorded.
The Serval Cat are mainly found in savannahs, subalpine and montane mosaics of moorland, forests and glades.
Side-Striped Jackal is shorter legged and shorter eared than other Jackals, this Species can generally be distinguished by the white tip to its tail and by the poorly defined black and white stripes along the flanks. Mainly nocturnal but also active at dawn and dusk.
Slender Mongoose is long-bodied, short-legged, partly arboreal mongoose, extremely variable in colour. The digits of the hands and feet splay readily and are armed with small but sharp color. The tip of the tail is usually black tipped. Young have olive-green eyes up to 6 months, reddish amber thereafter.
The Spotted Hyena, despite its reputation, is one of the most fascinating and successful carnivores in sub-Saharan Africa
Spring Hare is a long-tailed, hopping rodent with long, soft fur, varying from warm reddish tints to yellow-grey above and white to pale tawny underneath. The hindlegs have four toes, the short foreleg, often tucked out of sight have five closely bunched, long, sharp, curved claws.
Colloquially known as the ‘Tommie’ this short grassland specialist, is often confused with the much larger (38-80kgs) Grants Gazelle.
The topi is a medium-sized antelope with a striking reddish-brown to purplish-red coat that is glossy, even iridescent in bright sunlight. Distinct black patches appear on the face, the upper forelegs and on the hips and thighs. To complete its singular appearance, the topi's yellowish-tan legs look like they are encased in stockings.
The vervet monkey is a small, black faced monkey with a greenish-olive or silvery-gray body, found in the Mara.
The subspecies of the Wildebeest found in the Maasai Mara is C.t.albojubatus; the Western White Bearded Gnu.
The name Zebra is derived from the Italian and Portuguese names given to the species in Zaire.
The bushbuck is a sub-Saharan antelope found in rain forests, montane forests, forest-savanna mosaics and bush savannas.