Mammals

Lion Camp®

A lion’s life is all about sleeping, napping, and resting. In a 24-hour period, lions have short bursts of intense activity followed by long bouts of lying around that can total up to 21 hours! These gorgeous felines are good climbers and often rest in trees, perhaps to catch a cool breeze or to get away from flies. You may see one of our African lions relaxing in an acacia tree at Lion Camp®!

Nile Lechwe

Most people have never heard of Nile lechwe (pronounced LETCH-way or LEECH-wee). They are antelope native to the floodplains of the Nile River Valley. Their long, slender hooves help them walk or run through their swampy, muddy home. While these long hooves are handy for moving through the water, on dry land Nile lechwe tend to look clumsy. Male Nile lechwe go to the water to fight, often submerging their locked heads.

Camel

Humans domesticated camels 3,000 years ago. Today, humans still depend on them for transport across arid environments. They can carry an extra 200 pounds (90 kilograms) while walking in the desert. Camels can travel as fast as horses, but can also endure legendary periods without food or water.

Dik Dik

Dik diks are small African antelope weighing only 6 to 13 pounds as adults. Their common name may be an imitation of their alarm cry. Dik diks live in arid bush and need heavy vegetation for protection and food, but do not need much water to survive.

The dik dik’s most distinguishing feature is its long and flexible snout. When the little antelope breathes in, the warm air cools before reaching its lungs.

Elephant

You can travel to Africa, of course, but the easiest way to observe African elephants is at the Safari Park! We have two large exhibit yards for our African elephant herd. We rescued the founder herd from a scheduled cull in Swaziland in 2003. Since then, we’ve celebrated several births!

Giraffe

Giraffes are the tallest land animals, able to look into a second-story window without having to stand on tiptoes! It takes a lot of leaves to fuel such large animals. Giraffes may eat up to 75 pounds (34 kilograms) of food per day, nibbling on leaves from Africa’s acacia trees. These trees often have thorns that keep most animals from munching on them, but those thorns don't stop giraffes! They just use their long tongue to reach around the thorns.

Somali Wild Ass

Wild members of the horse family (horses, zebras, and wild asses) have long held a strong fascination for humans. The Somali wild ass is the only ass with striped legs. Its small, narrow hooves help it move through its stony habitat. This surefooted design led to the domestication of Somali wild asses by the Egyptians more than 6,000 years ago!

Tiger

The tiger is one of the world’s most revered animals, a symbol of power, strength, and regal dignity. It has come to represent the essence of wildness itself. Rare and elusive, few have seen a tiger up close. At the Safari Park’s Tiger Trail, we transport you deep within the forests of Sumatra and into the realm of these majestic big cats.

Gerenuk

Perhaps one of the oddest-looking of the antelope is the gerenuk. It has a slender body, impossibly tall, thin legs, and a long neck. The name gerenuk (pronounced gair eh nuk) comes from a Somali word meaning giraffe-necked. A fitting name, indeed!

Giraffes feed at the top of the trees in the African savanna. Other antelope graze around the bottom. The gerenuk gets the good stuff right in the middle by standing completely erect on its hind legs—an amazing sight!

Lemur

Lemurs are a type of prosimian, primates that evolved before monkeys and apes. They live in only one area on Earth, Madagascar and the nearby Comoro Islands. Lemurs are the world’s most endangered group of mammals.

Ring-tailed lemurs use their tail for communication, holding it up so other lemurs can see it in the brush. Males have stink fights by rubbing their wrist scent glands all over their tail, then waving it in front of their rival's face.

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