The Big 9 Animals of Samburu National Reserve

The Big 9 Animals of Samburu National Reserve : The animals of Samburu are varied, and the reserve is highly prized for its profusion of the Samburu Special Five—the Grevy’s zebra, Somali ostrich, reticulated giraffe, gerenuk, and beisa oryx—which are exclusive to this region of Kenya and can only be seen during the Kenya safari tours in their natural habitat. In Samburu and the neighbouring kenya wildlife reserves, such Shaba National Reserve, there are roughly 75 different species of Mammals and several bird species making it a birding safari in kenya destination.

The list of mammals found in the section below is categorised. It includes the animals commonly known as the Big Five (African buffalo, lion, elephant, rhino, and leopard); the only animal missing from the Big Five is the rhino. The Big Nine Animals also include cheetahs, giraffes, zebras, and hippopotamuses. The Samburu Reserve is home to a wide variety of bird.

The Big Five

The Samburu National Reserve is a unique location that is well-known for more than only its large elephant herds, lion and leopard prides, and the uncommon “Samburu Special Five,” some of which are unique to Africa. Aside from rhinos, you can also see the ‘’Big 5’’, which are the lion, elephant, leopard, and buffalo.

The African Lion

Forty to fifty lions live in Samburu Game Reserve, the greatest number in ten years, according to a recent study by the Ewaso Lions Organisation. Male lions may control enormous areas that span between 30 and 400 square kilometres on their own. In terms of tracking down the prey, the females, or lionesses, take the lead. The men will occasionally lend a hand on a hunt. These Kenya safari prides have very flexible structures and may split up into smaller groups consisting of one or two females and their cubs.

The African bush Elephant

The Samburu National Reserve and the surrounding conservancies that border the reserve are thought to be home to about 900 elephants. The good news is that Samburu’s African elephant population has increased in recent years, despite the threat posed by ivory poaching. African elephants are smart, gregarious, and kinship-oriented animals. With a maximum weight of 6.6 tonnes, African elephants are the largest terrestrial mammals in the world. Go for a kenya safari tour to Samburu to learn more about African elephants.

The Leopard

The leopards that call Samburu Game Reserve home are well-known, and it’s said to be the best area in Kenya to see them. Despite their elusiveness, these creatures are classified as vulnerable on the IUCN Red List due to habitat degradation and human encroachment posing a threat to leopard populations. Leopards are ‘shy’ animals by nature, and they nearly always hunt alone at night.

African Buffalo

One of the reasons the African Buffalo has never been tamed, unlike in Asia, is that they are thought to be among the more extremely dangerous animals in East Africa. This is partly because to their capricious and unpredictable character. The most hostile animals are females defending their new born calves and lone bulls; an 800 kg enraged animal is no laughing matter. Although the horns on females are often smaller, both sexes have the characteristic curved horns that expand and almost meet over the forehead. Never venturing too far from water, especially during the dry season, buffalo are frequently observed in herds of one hundred or more. Nairobi National Park is the only big park where these animals are not abundant. In Samburu National Game Reserve, they are also abundantly found.

The Big Nine

The Big Nine are the chimpanzee, zebra, hippopotamus, and cheetah in addition to the Big Five animals mentioned above. One of the few Kenya safari locations in Kenya and East Africa where practically all of the Big Nine species may be seen is Samburu Game Reserve.


As one of the fastest land mammal, cheetahs may reach speeds of up to 110 km/h in brief sprints while hunting, earning them the reputation for being extremely fast. They are also renowned for hunting in groups of up to four or five and in the open. The cheetah has a lighter, longer body than a leopard, despite having a similar look. Its face is significantly rounder and narrower, and it has a somewhat bowed back. It weighs between 40 and 60 kg, has a shoulder height of about 80 cm, and a length of about 210 cm (including the tail). Small populations of it can be found in all of Kenya’s main game reserves.

The Giraffe

The tallest living land mammal, giraffes, are truly quite the sight, exceedingly gorgeous and renowned for their graceful motions, even at their fastest running speeds of 50 to 60 km/h. Kenya is home to two primary subspecies of giraffe: the Maasai Giraffe, which is found in southern Kenya, including Masai Mara, and the Reticulated or Somali Giraffe, which is located in northern Kenya. About 33,000 Maasai giraffes are thought to still be living in Kenya’s wild.

The Hippo

The average adult male hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius), also known as a “hippo,” weighs almost 1500 kg, making it the third largest land animal. Usually found in marshes, rivers, and locations near lakes, hippos maintain cool by spending the majority of the day in the water. The Masai Mara National Game Reserve is home to the largest concentration of them, although you may also view them at Lake Baringo, Amboseli, Nairobi, and Tsavo National Parks.

The Big 9 Animals of Samburu National Reserve

Plain Zebra

Zebras are a type of wild animal commonly associated with East Africa; they can be seen in high numbers in Samburu and Kenya. The Plains Zebra and the Grevys Zebra are the two subspecies. Plains Zebras live in Masai Mara, although they can also be found in Northern Kenya’s Samburu national Reserve.

Grevy’s zebra

Grevy’s Zebra may be identified with ease thanks to its characteristic stripes, which resemble fingerprints. Foals have reddish-brown stripes on a brown coat that eventually turns black. Compared to plains zebras, grevy’s zebras are higher, have bigger ears, and have narrower stripes. Only game reserves in northern Kenya are home to Grevy’s Zebras, which are found only in arid and semi-arid regions of Kenya. Large populations of them can be found in the Samburu Game Reserve.

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