Wildebeest crossing the Mara River - Kenya
© Johann du Toit
The name Zebra is derived from the Italian and Portuguese names given to the species in Zaire.
The subspecies of the Wildebeest found in the Maasai Mara is C.t.albojubatus; the Western White Bearded Gnu.
The vervet monkey is a small, black faced monkey with a greenish-olive or silvery-gray body, found in the Mara.
The leopard tortoise is a large species of tortoise found throughout the African savannas. It is a generally solitary animal that spends the majority of its time grazing on plants.
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.
Colloquially known as the ‘Tommie’ this short grassland specialist, is often confused with the much larger (38-80kgs) Grants Gazelle.
The African Helmeted Terrapin spends most of its time in or near water. They usually make their homes in swampy areas.
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.
The Spotted Hyena, despite its reputation, is one of the most fascinating and successful carnivores in sub-Saharan Africa
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.
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.
The Serval Cat are mainly found in savannahs, subalpine and montane mosaics of moorland, forests and glades.
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 Nile monitor is dark brown-black with pale to yellow bands and spots forming broken cross bands on the body. They have strong jaws and muscular bodies.
Banded mongooses are small carnivores, similar in look to a weasel or cat, mongooses have brown and gray fur.
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.
Typically males can be distinguished from females by their size and more muscular shoulders.
The hartebeest is a large, fawn-colored antelope. It is one of the fastest antelopes and most enduring runners.
Often in East Africa called the Silver Back Jackal because of the grizzled silver/black stripe down the back of this dog like carnivore.
Impalas are medium-sized antelopes that roam the savanna and light woodlands of eastern and southern Africa.
These blunt-faced hyraxes vary in color both regionally and individually but are generally brown with a paler underside.
Hippos are highly gregarious in water, during the day and solitary grazers in the grasslands at night.
African hares are 20 inches long and 4 pounds. The hare’s strong hind foot measures about 4 inches and the mobile ears are as long or longer.
Grant's Gazelle is a large, rather pale, gazelle found in the Africa.
Giraffe have little sexual dimorphism other than males being taller and having heavier straighter horns.
Geckos are small lizards from the Gekkonidae family. They are also the only lizard that can vocalize. They have no eye lids.
Size, mass and even colour (due to soil colour) differ greatly with distribution.
Dwarf Mongoose is commonly found Savannas, thicket and woodlands, typically with numerous termitaries for shelter.
Duikers are small antelopes found in the bushy areas of the Maasai Mara. They feed on leaves, flowers and seeds.
These are small antelopes that live in the bushes. The females are larger than the males. The males have horns about 3 inches long.