17 janeiro 2009

African savannah :The Serengeti.

The Serengeti ecosystem is a geographical region located in north-western Tanzania and extends to south-western Kenya. It spans some 30,000 km2.

The Serengeti hosts the largest and longest overland migration in the world, a semi-annual occurrence. This migration is one of the ten natural travel wonders of the world.

The Serengeti National Park is a large national park in Serengeti area, Tanzania. It is most famous for its annual migration of over one million white bearded (or brindled) wildebeest and 200,000 zebra.

The park covers 14,763 km² (5,700 square miles) of grassland plains and savanna as well as riverine forest and woodlands. The park lies in the north of the country, bordered to the north by the national Tanzania and Kenyan border, where it is continuous with the Masai Mara National Reserve. To the south-east of the park is Ngorongoro Conservation Area, to the south-west lies Maswa Game Reserve, and to the western borders are Ikorongo and Grumeti Game Reserves, finally to the north-east lies Loliondo Game Control Area.

As well as the migration of ungulates, the park is well known for its healthy stock of other resident wildlife, particularly the "Big Five", named for the five most prized trophies taken by hunters: the lion, leopard, elephant, rhinoceros and buffalo. These species remain the key attractions to tourists, but the park also supports many further species, including the cheetah, gazelle and giraffe, as well as a large and varied bird population.

As a result of the biodiversity and ecological significance of the area, the park has been listed by UNESCO as one of the World Heritage Sites The administrative body for all parks in Tanzania is Tanzania National Parks or TANAPA.

Animals of Serengeti

Greater Bush Baby Galago crassicaudatus
Patas Monkey Cercopithecus patas
Vervet Monkey Cercopithecus aethiops
Olive Baboon Papio anubis
Black and White Colobus Colobus guereza

BatsOrder Chiroptera

African Hedgehog Atelerix sp.
Elephant Shrews Macroscelidae

Cape Hare Lepus capensis

Crested Porcupine Hystrix cristata
Spring Hare Pedetes capensis

Common Genet Genetta genetta
Large Spotted Genet Genetta tigrina
African Civet Civetticis civetta

Slender or Black-Tipped Mongoose Herpestes sanguinea
Ichneumon or Egyptian Mongoose Herpestes ichneumon
White-tailed Mongoose Ichneumia albicauda
Marsh Mongoose Atilax paludinosus
Dwarf Mongoose Helogale parvula
Banded Mongoose Mungos mungo

Spotted Hyena Crocuta crocuta
Striped Hyaena Hyaena hyaena
Aardwolf Proteles cristata

African Wildcat Felis lybica
Serval Felis serval
Caracal Felis caracal
Leopard Panthera pardus
Lion Panthera leo
Cheetah Acinonyx jubatus

Bat-eared Fox Otocyon megalotis
Golden Jackal Canis aureus
Black-backed Jackal Canis mesomelas
Side-striped Jackal Canis adustus
Wild Dog Lycaeon pictus

Ratel or Honey Badger Mellivora capensis
Zorilla Ictonyx striatus

Ground Pangolin Smutsia temminckii

Aardvark Orycteropus afer

Rock Hyrax Procavia sp.
Bush Hyrax Heterohyrax sp.
Tree Hyrax Dendrohyrax sp.

Elephant Loxodonta africana

Plains or Burchell´s Zebra Equus burchelli
Northern Black RhinoDiceros bicornis michaeli

Hippopotamus Hippopotamus amphibius
Bushpig Potamochoerus larvatus
Warthog Phacochoerus africanus
Giraffe Giraffa camelopardialis

Bushbuck Tragelaphus scriptus
Lesser Kudu Tragelaphus imberbis
ElandTauro tragus oryx

Grey Duiker Sylvicapra grimmia
Steenbock Raphicerus campestris
Klipspringer Oreotragus oreotragus

Thomson´s Gazelle Gazella thomsonii
Grant´s Gazelle Gazella granti

Mountain Reedbuck Redunca fulvorufula
Bohor Reedbuck Redunca redunca
Defassa WaterbuckKobus ellipsiprymnus defassa
Roan Antelope Hippotragus equinus
Oryx Antelope Oryx gazella

Coke´s Hartebeest Alcelaphus buselaphus
Topi Damaliscus lunatus
White-bearded Wildebeest Connochaetus taurinus
Impala Aepyceros melampus

OstrichStruthio camelus massaicus
Marabou Stork Leptoptilus crumeniferous
Secretary Bird Sagittarius serpentarius
Kori BustardArdeotis kori struthiunculus
Crowned CraneBalearica regulorum gibbericeps

Helmeted Guineafowl Numida meleagris
Tawny Eagle Aquila rapax
African Fish Eagle Haliaeetus vocifer

Lesser Flamingo Phoeniconaias minor
Southern Ground HornbillBucorvus leadbeateri

Nile Crocodile Crocodylus niloticus
Nile Monitor Lizard Varanus niloticus
Chameleon Chamaeleo spp.
African Rock Python Python sebae
Black-necked Spitting Cobra Naja nigricollis
Puff Adder Bitis arieta

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