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  • 1. Delta College, Tracom College and
    Rift Valley Institute Partnership
    Delta Goes to Kenya
    May 22 – June 6, 2009
  • 2. Mammals of Africa
    Game Drive
    Masi Mara National Reserve
  • 3. Lion
    Pantheraleo
    Simba
  • 4. Largest of the African cats
    Lions are the most social of cat species forming prides of 3-30 males, females & cubs
    Males can weigh up to 225kg = @ 500 lbs
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  • 6. Female Lioness
  • 7. Cubs can be born at any time of year, in litters of one to four and weigh @ 3 lbs at birth. They stay with the mother for up to two years.
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  • 10. Elephant
    Loxodontaafricana
    Tembo
  • 11. Cows have a mass up to 3.5 tons, and bulls 6.3 tons.
    Elephants occur in a wide range of habitats, the only requirements being shade, water, and ample food.
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  • 14. Calves may be born at any time of the year, after a twenty-two month gestation period.
  • 15. An elephant herd on the Masi Mara taken from a hot air balloon during the Delta goes to Kenya trip – summer of 2009
  • 16. Cape Buffalo
    Synceruscaffer
    Nyati
  • 17. The only wild cattle occurring in Africa, Cape buffalo are massive and heavily built animals, with males averaging 700kg.
  • 18. Cape Buffalo
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  • 20. Most calves are born during the rains, and are able to keep up with the herd just hours after birth.
  • 21. Vervet Monkey
    Cercopithecuspygerythrus
  • 22. The most common species of monkey, Vervet’s are often found close to human habitation.
    Monkeys can carry Simian Immunodeficiency Virus (SIV) which is genetically similar to HIV
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  • 24. Vervet monkeys are exclusively diurnal and sleep in trees at night.
  • 25. Cheetah
    Acinonyxjubatus
  • 26. Unlike the leopard, the cheetah’s spots are solid and do not form rosettes.
    Male cheetahs do not establish territories while females do.
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  • 28. This cat is famed for it’s high speed sprints, but it can only maintain high speed for a few hundred meters.
  • 29. Cheetah’s on the African Savanna
  • 30. Warthog
    Phacochoerusafricanus
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  • 32. The warthog’s body is usually grey, but takes on the color of the local mud in which the animal frequently wallows.
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  • 34. Warthogs are predominately grazers and frequently kneel when eating.
    They take advantage of abandoned aardvark and porcupine burrows but occasionally dig their own.
  • 35. Topi
    Damaliscuskorrigum
  • 36. Topi is one of the largest antelope. The shoulders are higher than the rump, body color is reddish brown to purplish red down the legs.
    Topi are often seen among other herding animals such as Blue Wildebeest and Plains Zebra.
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  • 38. Herds usually consist of fifteen to thirty animals, but larger groups are not uncommon.
    Topi are grazers, preferring short grasses.
  • 39. Giraffe
    Giraffacamelopardalis
    Twiga
  • 40. Tallest mammals in the world.
    Stroke – most common cause of death.
    Three species native to Kenya include:
    Reticulated giraffe
    Masi giraffe
    Kenyan giraffe
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  • 42. When eating, they use their lips to pull twigs into the mouth while the tongue curls around them and strips the leaves off.
  • 43. Thomson’s Gazelle
    Gazellathomsoni
  • 44. Thompson’s Gazelle
    A small gazelle that rarely has a mass of more than 28kg.
    This species occupies open grassland and avoids dense bush.
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  • 46. These antelope form small herds of up to sixty individuals which are led by an old female and accompanied by a mature male.
  • 47. Rhinoceros
    DicerosBicornis
    Kifaru
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  • 50. Zebra
    Pundamilia
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  • 54. Hippopotamus
    Hippapotamusamphibius
    Kiboko
  • 55. Herds of ten to fifteen animals are usual, but larger groupings are not uncommon.
    At night, they leave the water and follow pathways to grazing grounds.
  • 56. Close encounter with a hippo
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  • 58. When cows give birth, it is on land, and with dense cover.
  • 59. Hyena
    Crocutacrocuta
    Fisi
  • 60. The hyena is found in many different habitats but avoids the forest.
    Once considered to be a cowardly scavenger, research has shown that it is an efficient hunter.
  • 61. Look for heavily built forequarters, a sloping back, round ears and a loping stride.
    Hyena’s live in family groups called clans, led by a female.
  • 62. It lives in family groups, known as clans, which are lead by a female. The size of a clan varies from thee to fifteen or more individuals.
  • 63. Olive Baboon
    Papio cynocephalus anubis
    Nyani
  • 64. These baboons feed mainly on a variety of plants, but will also kill and eat small mammals such as young antelope and hares.
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  • 66. The young infant clings to its mother’s chest for the first few weeks, but as it grows older, it rides on her back.
  • 67. The Masi Mara in Kenya and the Serngeti in Tanzania are one continuous park. The reserve is home to a wide range of African mammals, reptiles and birds.

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