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
, 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
, 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.