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1050  300x240 Mara Timbo Camp Masai Mara the fastest animal in the masai mara cheetah Other Wildlife in Mara Cheetahs have a tawny coat covered with many small black spots. They are found singly or in small groups (mother and offspring). They usually stalk their prey as close as possible then chase it at up to 110kph for short distances before tripping it with a deft knock of the paw; a cheetah may chase its prey for over 500m before it concedes defeat.

Cheetahs are often found scanning the horizon for prey, often from a small mound when the grass is longer. Females may have a large home range of over 1,000kms.They call their cubs (which leave home after 14-18 months having learned how to survive) with chirruping noises.

Cheetahs are sometimes confused with leopard, however cheetah are more sleek with smaller faces and have “tear marks” down their cheeks. Cheetah are unable to fully retract their claws (they have no sheath), which is very unusual for a member of the Cat family, but this improves their grip when running.



1060  300x240 Mara Timbo masai mara the giraffe in the mara on safari to kenya Other Wildlife in Mara Giraffes can grow upto a height of 5.5m.Varieties include:

the Maasai Giraffe which is common in maasai mara.It has a light skin covered with brown jagged vine-leaf patterns.

Reticulated Giraffe common in Samburu,its coat is covered with dark brown patches neatly outlined by thin pale lines.

Rothschild’s Giraffe its coat is similar to, but not so precise as, the Reticulated Giraffe and its body is more thickly set.

Giraffes use their height and prehensile lip plus very long tongue to eat leaves high on trees causing a distinctive “browse line”. Giraffe still only have 7 vertebrae (the same as humans) despite their long neck and are unusual because they move both legs on the same side at the same time (pacing). They must spread their long http://maratimbo.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=961&action=edit&message=1forelegs when lowering their head to drink, a position which makes them very vulnerable to predators. They have very short “horns”. Males can weigh over 1000kg. Giraffes only ever enter deep sleep for a few minutes at a time.




 Other Wildlife in Mara These massive animals grow over 3m in length and weigh upto 2500kg.They  gather together in schools of up to 30 Hippo, preferring still or slow-moving water (for example the “pools” where a river widens) with shallow borders so they can lumber aground for grazing sometimes venturing 5-10km and eating up to 50kg food every night.

Hippos normally remain submerged during the hotter hours to avoid sunburn and dehydration which they easily suffer with their thin bald skin. Their nostrils, eyes and ears are positioned to easily remain above water but can be closed when they submerge for up to 5 minutes. They may seem tranquil but have long vicious tusks which they use when fighting. They are born in shallow water, weaned after 1-2 years (young can suckle underwater) and live for up to 30 years.



1037  300x240 Mara Timbo Camp Masai Mara Scavengers of the mara Hyena Other Wildlife in Mara Varieties include the Spotted Hyena and the less-common Striped Hyena (sometimes spelled Hyaena). These animals live in family groups called “clans” of up to seventy animals although they can also be found hunting singly or in pairs.

Hyena feed by scavenging or working together to catch their own prey. When scavenging they sometimes follow other predators, often forcing the original predators to leave the kill early. When catching their own prey they work co-operatively, often biting the legs and ankles of their victims. Their sloping back gives them a distinctive loping gait when running, and their strong jaws and teeth even let them consume large bones (crushing them to extract the marrow).

The females rank higher in social order than the males, and have genitalia that gives them the appearance of being male.



Varieties include:

Vervet (Green) Monkey, Colobus (Guereza) Monkey, Sykes’ (White-throated, Blue or Samango) Monkey, Patas Monkey, De Brazza’s Monkey and Red-(Copper-) tailed Monkey.

Vervet have a grey or yellowish olive coat with distinctive black face bordered by white hair.The male also sports a bright blue scrotum, are omnivorous but largely vegetarian. They live in bands of up to 40 monkeys, are both arboreal and terrestrial but usually not far from water.

Colobus are black but with a white face, white “cape” and thick white tail (the young are pure white). They are arboreal and found in much smaller troops.

 Sykes’ have a bluish black coat marked with areas of olive grey (including a distinctive greyish band jutting out above the eyebrows).

Patas have a shaggy coat, rufous on the crown of their head and down their back with whitish yellow underparts.

De Brazza’s have a white goatee beard.


Other common animals to be found in Maasai mara are topis, impalas, Thompson gazelle, warthogs, elands, serval cats, genet cats, rock hyrax, bush bucks, …etc and varieties of bird species.


Reptiles include crocodiles, snakes, monitor lizards, turtles, and tortoise.


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