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Samburu National Reserve, Kenya

Samburu National Reserve

Samburu National Reserve is a rugged and semi-desert park located in Northern Kenya Kenya. The park neighbors the homes of the Samburu tribe of Kenya, a tribe known for their remote culture, pastoral and nomadic way of life. Due to itslocation the park has retained a naturally serene and quiet feeling. The reserve's topography is mainly open savannah (grassland) with clusters of acacia trees, forest, thorn trees and grassland vegetation. 

Samburu National Reserve is rich in wildlife with an abundance of rare northern specialist species such as the Grevy’s zebra, Somali ostrich, reticulated giraffe, gerenuk and the beisa oryx (also reffered to as Samburu special five). The reserve is also popular with a minimum of 900 elephants. Large predators such as the lion, leopard and cheetah are an important attraction (Kamunyak the miracle lioness that adopted the baby oryx is a resident in the reserve). Wild dog sightings are also a common attraction to this unique protected area.

Birdlife is abundant with over 450 species recorded. Birds of the arid northern bush country of riverine forest species of global conservation concern and they both utilize the reserve. Five species categorized as vulnerable in the reserve. These are African darter, great egret, white-headed vulture martial eagle and the yellow billed ox-pecker. The critically endangered pancake tortoise (malacochersus tornieri) is also found in Samburu National Reserve.

Samburu National Reserve was one of the two areas in which conservationists George and Joy Adamson raised Elsa the Lioness. Their story was made famous by the bestselling book and award-winning movie "Born Free".


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