Wildlife & Animals – Meru NP

Meru offers good overall wildlife viewing and is home to the Big Five. Elephants are particularly common and relaxed. Big cat sightings are a bit hit-and-miss and more difficult after the rains when the grass is long. There is a chance of spotting a white or black rhino in the drive-in rhino sanctuary, although the vegetation is extremely thick. Hippos and Nile crocodiles are common along the Tana River.

Abundant
Common
Occasional
Rare
None
ElephantCommon
GiraffeCommon
HippoCommon
BuffaloCommon
ZebraCommon
LionOccasional
LeopardOccasional
HyenaOccasional

Wildlife Highlights

Most people will appreciate Meru National Park for its northern specials, which are animals that are specially adapted to arid conditions. The Reticulated giraffe is distinguishable by its dramatic pattern. Grevy's zebra occur alongside the smaller and more common Burchell's zebra. This is one of few places to encounter the shy lesser kudu and the impressive looking Beisa oryx. Most odd of them all is the gerenuk with its elongated neck.

Best Time for Wildlife Viewing

Meru can be visited throughout the year, but the best time is in the Dry season from June to September, when animals congregate around predictable water sources. Wildlife viewing is usually more difficult during the long rains (March to May) and short rains (October to November). At this time, rainfall might interfere with your game drives and the grass tends to be very high, making spotting animals more difficult. Elephants migrate out of the park in the rainy season.

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