Ecology & Wildlife

    Tanzania is the largest country in East Africa stretching over 943,000 square kilometres and is bordered by the Indian Ocean to the East by the lake of the Great Western Rift Valley to the West. The Coastline is a mixture of mangroves and long sandy stretches while inland the terrain quickly elevates to mountains before levelling out onto a plateau nestled between the eastern and western branches of the Great Rift Valley.

    Tanzania is teeming with wildlife and a range of climatic and environmental conditions support a host a hugely impressive variety of large animals, making this county one of Africa’s top destinations for watching wildlife. Ruaha and Tarangire are home to vast herds of Elephant and band of Chimpanzee can be found playing in the forests of the Mahale Mountains and Gombe Stream National Parks.

    Four million wild animals inhabit Tanzania with 430 species and subspecies represented in a country that is also well known for its variety and multitude of fauna. Tanzania has over 60,00 species of insect, 100 snake species and an incredible variety of marine life. Tanzania is also a wonderful destination for bird enthusiasts with over 1,000 species including kingfisher, bee-eaters, fish eagle, hornbill and flamingo. Endemic species include the Udzungwa forest partridge, the Pemba green pigeon, the Usambara weaver and Usambra eagle owl.

    Big Game wildlife such as common zebra, elephant, buffalo, hippopotamus, wildebeest, giraffe, antelope and gazelle can be found in large numbers which are naturally controlled by Tanzania’s predator population which includes lion, leopard, wild dogs and hyenas. The black rhino is now one of Tanzania’s endangered species and can only be witnessed in certain areas of the Serengeti and Ngorongoro areas. Other endangered species include Zanzibar’s red colobus monkey population, Selous Wild dog population and the flying foxes of Pemba Island.

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