The Most Endangered Species in Kenya and Where to Find Them
With over 400 mammal species in Kenya, the country is blessed to be home to unique animal species that attract tourists from every corner of the world. While most wildlife in Kenya has a good life, sadly, some animals are endangered and threatened. Poaching and the ever-increasing population have led to more species becoming endangered. Luckily, most of these endangered species in Kenya are being protected in national parks, zoos, and private protected areas, places where Divulge Adventures can take you. Here is a list of Kenyan most endangered species and where to find them.
- The Roan Antelope
The roan antelope is one of Africa’s largest bovids, only exceeded in size by the African buffalo and eland. These antelopes have a grey or brown coat, a black-and-white clown-like facemask — that is darker in males than females — and long, tasseled ears. Both sexes have backward-curving horns, although they are shorter in the females. They live in groups of about 20 and it is led by a male bull. This antelope it at the brink of getting extinct as a result of having been eliminated from parts of its former range due to poaching which has seen most of them get killed and habitat loss resulting from human activity. In Kenya these beautiful antelopes can now only be found at Ruma National Park. Book a safari with Divulge Adventures and make a visit.
- Sable antelope
The sable is one of Africa’s most handsome antelope and renowned for its combative nature, able even to face down lions. Adult males are a striking glossy black, with a white belly and badger-like white face stripes. Their majestic profile is accentuated by a powerful neck and long, backward-arching horns. Females and young are slimmer and chestnut-brown, with shorter horns. This shy antelope has been gazetted as critically endangered due to the most common causes such as poaching and habitat loss due to human encroachment. To view these beautiful antelopes, they can only be found at Shimba Hills National Park in Kenya. Check out Divulge Adventures top Deals and make a safari booking to explore Shimba Hills.
- Gravy Zebra
The gravy zebras are beautiful animals with a black and white striped hide. Among the three species of zebras, Gravy zebras are the most endangered. Unlike the other species, the gravy zebras are taller, have narrower stripes, a white belly, a brown muzzle, and large rounded ears. Their beautiful hides attract poachers and also factors like predation and overgrazing has led to the animals being listed as endangered. Grevy zebras can be found in Samburu National Reserve, Meru National Park, Marsabit National Reserve, and Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, Visit Northern parts of Kenya. Divulge Adventures is ready to take you there.
- Black Rhinoceros
Black rhinos are Kenya’s large mammals that are most endangered. Their prominent horns that can grow up to five feet in length attract poachers. The black rhino differs from the white rhino in that they have a pointed upper lip because they are browsers while the white rhino has a square lip. Also, black rhinos’ calves follow their mother while the white rhinos’ calves trot along in front. The black rhino is Kenya’s most critically endangered large mammal. Therefore, rhino ark has been formed to create a rhino sanctuary. Places where you can book a safari with Divulge Adventures and get to to see black rhinos in Kenya include;
- Nairobi National Park
- Ol Pejeta Wildlife Conservancy
- Lewa Wildlife Conservancy
- Hirola Antelope
Among the antelope species, Hirola antelope is the most endangered and rare antelope. With a decline of 95% in the last four decades, the Hirola Antelope’s population now stands at below 500 individuals. The Hirola has a short neck, long legs, elongated face, and a sandy-colored coat. The beautiful antelopes live in the north-eastern part of Kenya in semi-arid areas. They can go for long without water and store extra fat in their body. They also feed at dawn and dusk. This helps in avoiding unnecessary energy-sapping activities. The Hirola antelope is found in Garissa and Lamu, as well as the Kenya-Somali boarder. Book a safari to the North with Divulge Adventures and your experience will be spectacular.
- Mountain Bongo
Mountain Bongo is the most unique, colorful and spectacular among the antelope’s species. It has conspicuous white stripes along with its reddish-chestnut coat. Because of its beautiful skin and scarcity mountain bongo was referred to as a prized trophy by hunters. Due to poaching, the number of mountain Bongos in zoos exceeds by far those in the wild. You can see this rare mountain Bongo in Mount Kenya forest courtesy of Divulge Adventures.
Divulge Adventures can help plan a very interesting and involving safari to these locations as you experience the Magical Kenya and have panoramic views of these endangered species.