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Animals of the Masai Mara

Animals of the Masai Mara

Adam Scott Kennedy
Vicki Kennedy
Copyright Date: 2012
Pages: 152
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    Animals of the Masai Mara
    Book Description:

    One of the greatest attractions of a trip to Kenya is the chance to see animals such as lions, cheetah, leopards, zebra, and giraffe up close and in their natural habitats.Animals of the Masai Marais a lavish photographic guide that explores the charismatic wildlife most likely to be encountered by a safari visitor to the Masai Mara National Reserve in southwest Kenya. More than 140 stunning photographs showcase 65 mammals and 17 reptile species, including 6 snakes. Designed to be informative and locally accurate, rather than purely identification-based, this easy-to-use book pays particular attention to wildlife behavior and is written from the firsthand experiences of the authors and the knowledge of local safari guides. Numerous "Top Tips" throughout show readers how and where to locate specific species. The only field guide to focus solely on the wildlife of the Masai Mara National Reserve,Animals of the Masai Marawill be indispensable to visitors to this famous park and all nature enthusiasts with an interest in this area of the world.

    The only photographic guide specific to the animals of the Masai Mara National ReserveMore than 140 remarkable photographs covering 65 mammals and 17 reptile species, including 6 snakesAccessible text explores animal behavior and other interesting factsA brief and informative introduction to the habitats of the Masai Mara

    eISBN: 978-1-4008-4491-3
    Subjects: Zoology

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. 1-3)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. 4-5)
  3. [Illustration]
    (pp. 6-6)
  4. About this book
    (pp. 7-9)
  5. Geography of the Masai Mara
    (pp. 10-11)

    The Masai Mara is the northern continuation of the Mara-Serengeti ecosystem of northern Tanzania, which covers approximately 25,000 km² (9,600 square miles). The Masai Mara National Reserve covers 1,510 km² (580 square miles), while the privately managed conservation trusts (or Conservancies) surrounding it increase the area of protected land by more than five times. It is situated in the heart of the East Africa Rift, a vast landform stretching from Malawi and Mozambique in the south to the Red Sea in the north. Within the Mara, the most obvious feature of the rift is the Oloololo-Serian Escarpment that can be...

  6. Map of the Masai Mara
    (pp. 12-13)
  7. Where to watch wildlife in the Masai Mara
    (pp. 14-17)

    Mammals are particularly mobile creatures, especially those that migrate across national borders, but that does not mean we cannot give you a helping hand by suggesting some of the most productive areas to find them. So here are our ‘Top 10’ sites to search for the animals you want to see. The really good news is that even if there are few animals around, these are truly beautiful places to photograph and soak up the atmosphere. The site numbers are shown on the main map onpage 12.

    Also known as Observation Hill, this rocky outcrop overlooks the southern stretch...

  8. The great migrations
    (pp. 18-21)

    Few people are aware that the Masai Mara experiences not just one but two Wildebeest migrations each year. Most famous is the migration of Serengeti Wildebeest, which covers a distance of over 800 km (500 miles) per year, in a clockwise direction, reaching the southern Serengeti in January and beyond the northern boundary of the Masai Mara reserve in September. These are the smallest and brownest of the various Wildebeest subspecies.

    The other migration is carried out by the Loita Wildebeest, which are silvery-blue in colouration, darker in tone, and around 10% larger than the Serengeti population. Their range extends...

  9. About the guides
    (pp. 22-23)

    There is no doubt that your safari guide can make or break your safari experience – though having travelled extensively across East Africa for many years, we can say with some authority that the level of guiding in Kenya is up there with the very best. This is partly due to the education and training facilities provided by the Kenya Professional Safari Guide Association (KPSGA).

    It has been a privilege and a pleasure to have worked closely with the guides at Naibor Camp and also to have had the opportunity to get to know so many genuinely helpful and knowledgeable...

  10. Mammals
    (pp. 26-127)
  11. Reptiles
    (pp. 130-147)
  12. References and useful resources
    (pp. 148-148)
  13. Acknowledgements and photographic credits
    (pp. 149-149)
  14. Index
    (pp. 150-152)