In Kenya, one of the most important assets is its spectacular wildflife. There are more than 80 major species of kenya wildlife and over 1,000 different species of birdlife. Many visitors principally come to Kenya to view the superb and extensive panorama of the flora and fauna. Kenya does recognise the vital importance of its visitors who bring with them, among other things, the much needed foreign exchange and of course the thousands of jobs created as a result.
Kenya is at the forefront of wildlife and environmental protection through a deep-seated awareness that much of the fabric of Kenyan society is inextricably linked with the wild. Tribal society lived alongside the animals for centuries and the natural balance of nature ensured that both sides survived. It is until recent times that Man has started to encroach upon nature to such an extent that the balance of nature is disturbed. Kenya is at great pains to protect the natural balance wherever it can.
Serious measures against poaching have being undertaken and one of the most frequently seen bumper stickers on cars in Nairobi says ‘Only elephants should wear ivory’. Formerly, the big game hunters came to Kenya to bag the ‘Big Five’, which are the elephant, the rhinoceros, the buffalo, the lion and the leopard. Today, visitors also shoot them but through the telephoto lens of a camera. Although the sight of any animal in the wild against the sweeping backdrop of Kenya’s vast, open plains is a wonderful moment, spotting the ‘big five’ remains especially thrilling.
Some of the animals that you are bound to see in Kenya, just to name a few, are:-Sable Antelope, Roan Antelope,Bongo,Buffalo, Bushbuck, Duiker, Dikdik, Eland, Elephant, Grant’s Gazelle, Thomson’s Gazelle,Gerenuk, Masai Giraffe, Reticulated Giraffe,Rothschild’s Giraffe,Hartebeest, Hippopotamus,Forest Hog,Warthog,Tree Hyrax,Rock Hyrax,Impala, Klipspringer,Greater Kudu, Black Rhinoceros, White Rhinoceros,Common Waterbuck,Defassa Waterbuck, Burchell’s or Common Zebra, Grey’s Zebra,Wildebeest or White Bearded Gnu,Aardwolf,Cheetah,Spotted Hyena,Striped Hyena, Black Backed Jacakal,Leopard,Lion, Crocodile etc