Wildlife & Animals – Ruaha NP

Ruaha has it all. Aside from rhino, all major safari animals are present in good numbers. Lion tend to live in large prides of sometimes more than 20 individuals. To feed themselves, they often attack big animals such as buffalo. Ruaha has an unusually high diversity of antelope, including many of the rarer species such as lesser kudu, roan and sable antelope.

Abundant
Common
Occasional
Rare
None
ElephantCommon
GiraffeCommon
HippoCommon
BuffaloCommon
ZebraCommon
LionCommon
LeopardOccasional
CheetahOccasional
HyenaRare
Wild DogOccasional

Wildlife Highlights

Ruaha feels wilder than any of the parks in the north of the country, but its real claim to fame is the wild dog packs, which are seen quite regularly. There are only a handful of places where these charismatic pack animals are easily observed, and Ruaha is one of the best. Ruaha is also home to the largest population of greater kudu in East Africa.

Best Time for Wildlife Viewing

The middle and end of the Dry season (from June to October) is the best time for wildlife viewing in the park. Wildlife is easier to spot because vegetation is thinner and animals gather around predictable water sources. The male greater kudu is most visible in June, the breeding season. The best time to see wild dog is during their denning season, from June to August.

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