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Animals in Kenya
The East African country of Kenya is home to some of the largest and most beautiful animals in the world. The varying geography and climate of the country allows for the existence of varying species of animals, creating a country rich with life. Kenya is composed of low plains, central highlands as well as coastal areas. With the changes in topography come changes in climate which is generally tropical along the coast and transition to a more arid climate in other portions of the nation.

Some of the animals of Kenya include zebra,
giraffe
giraffe, hippopotamus, antelope, gazelle, wildebeest and warthog. The most famous Kenyan animals are those known as "The Big Five"; this term is reserved for the lion, leopard, rhinoceros, buffalo and elephant. The phrase was given by hunters and refers to the animals that are thought the most difficult to hunt, although hunting these animals has since been outlawed. Various types of birds also inhabit the African Nation including
Ostrich
ostrich, pelican, flamingo, vulture, eagle and parrot. Kenya is also home to over 120 species of snakes including the python, boomslang, puff adder, cobra and mamba. There are several other reptiles that reside within the country such as the chameleon, monitor lizard, leopard tortoise and the crocodile.

The animals of Kenya are ones usually found in local zoos and are celebrated as exotic throughout the world. Guided safaris are offered throughout the country of Kenya and are the safest way to view the animals in their natural habitat. Tours by experienced guides are given to view the animals from the safety of a vehicle. Although beautiful and exciting to see, wild animals of Africa are often dangerous and should never be approached. Kenya is truly a country of abounding animal life that all can appreciate.


Click here for a list of endangered animals in Kenya.
Even-toed ungulates in Kenya
Guenther's dikdik
Kirk's dik-dik
Roan antelope
Impala
Sable antelope
Grant's gazelle
Oribi
Thomson's gazelle
Common hartebeest
Giraffe
Waterbuck
Blue & white-bearded wildebeest
Kob
Suni
Tsessebe
Desert warthog
Common warthog
Aders' duiker
Bongo
Giant forest hog
Peter's duiker
Marshbuck
Grey duiker
Gerenuk
Bushpig
Blue duiker
Bushbuck
African buffalo
Black-fronted duiker
Lesser kudu
Steenbok
Yellow-backed duiker
Greater kudu
Common hippopotamus
Mountain reedbuck
Klipspringer
Weyn's duiker
Bohar reedbuck
Gemsbok
Harvey's duiker
Salt's dik-dik
Carnivores in Kenya
African palm civet
Striped hyaena
Bushy-tailed mongoose
African lion
Slender mongoose
Leopard
Desert dwarf mongoose
Common dwarf mongoose
African clawless otter
Egyptian mongoose
Long-nosed mongoose
White-tailed mongoose
Banded mongoose
Honey badger
Striped polecat
African striped weasel
African civet
Jackson's mongoose
Common genet
Panther genet
Spotted hyaena
Servaline genet
Asiatic jackal
Side-striped jackal
Black-backed jackal
African caracal
African golden cat
Serval
Aardwolf
Cheetah
Speckle-throated otter
Bat-eared fox
African wild dog
Wild cat
Dolphins, porpoises, and whales in Kenya
Coalfish whale
Bryde's whale
Pacific pilot whale
Blue whale
Common rorqual
Pygmy sperm whale
Fraser's dolphin
Chinese white dolphin
Grey dolphin
Bridled dolphin
Long-beaked dolphin
Rough-toothed dolphin
False killer whale
Indo-pacific beaked whale
Bunch
Killer whale
Blainville's beaked whale
Ginkgo-toothed beaked whale
Bottle-nosed dolphin
Pygmy killer whale
Bats in Kenya
Rüppell's horseshoe bat
Noack's roundleaf bat
Large-eared free-tailed bat
Least long-fingered bat
Egyptian free-tailed bat
Madagascan large free-tailed bat
Hildebrandt's horseshoe bat
Sierra leone free-tailed bat
Kenyan big-eared free-tailed bat
Lander's horseshoe bat
Angolan free-tailed bat
Gland-tailed free-tailed bat
African giant free-tailed bat
Bushveld horseshoe bat
Mongalla free-tailed bat
Spotted free-tailed bat
Hamilton's tomb bat
Lesser mouse-tailed bat
Midas free-tailed bat
Chapin's free-tailed bat
Hildegarde's tomb bat
Dwarf free-tailed bat
Lappet-eared free-tailed bat
Mauritian tomb bat
Hammer-headed fruit bat
Railer bat
Little free-tailed bat
Russet free-tailed bat
Naked-rumped tomb bat
Percival's trident bat
Egyptian tomb bat
Long-haired rousette
African sheath-tailed bat
Pel's pouched bat
Damara woolly bat
Lesser woolly bat
Light-winged lesser house bat
Dark-winged lesser house bat
East african little collared fruit bat
African yellow bat
White-bellied yellow bat
Cape hairy bat
Schreber's yellow bat
Mt. gargues pipistrelle
Welwitch's bat
Nut-colored yellow bat
De winton's long-eared bat
Tiny pipistrelle
Rüppel's pipistrelle
Greenish yellow bat
Rusty pipistrelle
Bate's slit-faced bat
Yellow-winged bat
Large slit-faced bat
Hairy slit-faced bat
Heart-nosed bat
Large-eared slit-faced bat
Dwarf slit-faced bat
Egyptian slit-faced bat
Straw-coloured fruit bat
Ethiopian epauletted fruit bat
Halcyon horseshoe bat
Sundevall's roundleaf bat
Peter's dwarf epauletted fruit bat
East african epauletted fruit bat
Persian trident bat
Geoffroy's horseshoe bat
Darling's horseshoe bat
Greater roundleaf bat
Moloney's flat-headed bat
Wahlberg's epauletted fruit bat
Decken's horseshoe bat
Cyclops roundleaf bat
Lesser long-fingered bat
Long-tailed house bat
Eloquent horseshoe bat
Ethiopian large-eared roundleaf bat
Greater long-fingered bat
Hyraxes in Kenya
Rock dassie
Eastern tree dassie
Bush hyrax
Hares, pikas, and rabbits in Kenya
Ethiopian hare
Cape hare
Smith's red rockhare
Elephant-shrews in Kenya
Golden-rumped elephant shrew
Black and rufous elephant shrew
Short-snouted elephant shrew
Rufous elephant-shrew
Four-toed elephant shrew
Horses, rhinoceroses, and tapirs in Kenya
Black rhinoceros
Burchell's zebra
Grevy's zebra
Pangolins in Kenya
Giant ground pangolin
Cape pangolin
Three-cusped pangolin
Primates in Kenya
Somali galago
Patas monkey
De brazza's monkey
Lesser bushbaby
Angolan black-and-white colobus
Eastern black-and-white colobus
Potto gibbon
Eastern red colobus
Crested mangabey
Garnett's greater galago
Black-cheeked white-nosed monkey
Garnett's greater galago
Blue monkey
Elephants in Kenya
African elephant
Rodents in Kenya
Unstriped ground squirrel
Wilson's spiny mouse
Angoni vlei rat
Red rock rat
Tropical vlei rat
Hinde's rock rat
Kaiser's rock rat
Montane hylomyscus
Stella hylomyscus
Botta's gerbil
Lord derby's flying squirrel
Crested porcupine
Harwood's gerbil
Boehm's bush squirrel
Mahomet mouse
Nairobi grass rat
Cape porcupine
Cushioned gerbil
Striped bush squirrel
Pygmy mouse
African grass rat
Boehm's gerbil
Least gerbil
Ochre bush squirrel
Peter's mouse
African brush-tailed porcupine
Kemp's gerbil
Mearns's pouched mouse
Little red gerbil
Red bush squirrel
Thomas's pygmy mouse
Bushveld gerbil
Spring hare
Delicate mouse
African wading rat
Black-tailed gerbil
Hopkins's groove-toothed swamp rat
Gray-bellied pygmy mouse
Phillip's gerbil
Gray-headed thicket rat
Creek groove-toothed swamp rat
Giant rat
Fring-tailed gerbil
Woodland thicket rat
Gambian rat
Savanna gerbil
Giant thicket rat
Lesser hamster-rat
Emin's gerbil
Ruwenzori thicket rat
Harrington's gerbil
Macmillan's thicket rat
Loring's rat
Delectable soft-furred mouse
African marsh rat
Acacia rat
Tiny fat mouse
Buffoon lemniscomys
Small-eared dormouse
Savanna dormouse
Jackson's praomys
Lesser cane rat
Single-striped grass mouse
Silvery mole rat
Misonne's praomys
Remarkable climbing mouse
Greater cane rat
Typical lemniscomys
Gambian sun squirrel
Hildegarde's broad-headed mouse
Dwarf multimammate mouse
Brant's climbing mouse
Red-legged sun squirrel
Guinea multimammate mouse
Chestnut climbing mouse
Zanj sun squirrel
Forest giant squirrel
Natal multimammate mouse
Crested rat
Naked mole rat
Rufous-nosed rats
Mianzini mole rat
Yellow-spotted brush-furred rat
Audacious mole rat
Four-striped grass mouse
Rusty-bellied brush-furred rat
Demon mole rat
African groove-toothed rat
Fiery spiny mouse
Naivasha mole rat
Kemp's spiny mouse
King mole rat
Rudd's bristle-furred rat
Louise's spiny mouse
Rudd's mole rat
Striped ground squirrel
Percival's spiny mouse
Embi mole rat
Dugongs, manatees, and sea cows in Kenya
Dugong
Aardvark in Kenya
Aardvark
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