Mammals

Duiker

Duikers are small- to medium-sized antelope native to sub-Saharan Africa. They are shy and elusive creatures with a fondness for dense cover. Their name comes from the Afrikaans/Dutch word for diver or diving buck. It refers to the duikers' practice of diving into tangles of shrubbery. They often follow flocks of birds or troops of monkeys to take advantage of the fruit they drop.

Rodrigues Fruit Bat

In our cozy Bat House in Nairobi Village, a camp of Rodrigues fruit bats observes guests from an upside-down perspective! These cute little creatures weigh about one pound.

Also called flying foxes, Rodrigues fruit bats live only on Rodrigues Island in the Indian Ocean. They are critically endangered. We hope to establish a small breeding colony here. To support bat conservation, we have partnered with the Rodrigues Environmental Educator Programme.

African Rhinos

Black rhinos and white rhinos are the same color—a brownish gray! Both live in eastern and southern Africa but eat different foods. The wide mouth of the white rhino is perfect for grazing on grasses. The more narrow, prehensile lip of the black rhino is great for pulling leaves and shrubs into its mouth. Other names used for these two species are broad-lipped and hook-lipped. Guess which name belongs to which rhino!

Antelope

All antelope species have horns. In some species they are only found on the males; in others, both males and females have them. Horns stay attached, unlike a deer’s antlers that shed each year. Some antelope horns twist in interesting spirals; others are ridged. Still others grow in wide curves with a sharp point on the end.

The Safari Park opened to the public in 1972, but we started moving animals into our field enclosures two years earlier. Among the Park’s first residents were sable antelope and gemsbok.

Greater One-horned Rhino

Many people describe these rhinos as armor-plated, but they are just covered with a layer of skin that has many folds. Greater one-horned rhinos are native to the humid, swampy areas of Northeast India and Nepal.

All rhinos enjoy a good soak in the mud. But for greater one-horned rhinos, this helps them get through times of high humidity, when insects can be a problem. Plus, that cool mud feels so good! Rhinos may often share a wallowing spot without any fighting, as if it’s neutral ground.

Przewalski’s Horse

How do you say Przewalski's horse? It is pronounced sheh-VAL-skee or per-zhuh-VAL-skee or even PREZ-val-skee, depending on the speaker. It is also known as the Asiatic wild horse or Mongolian wild horse. No matter what you call it, the Przewalski's horse is the closest living relative of the domestic horse.

Wild Cattle

Wild cattle are larger members of a scientific grouping that includes antelope, goats, and sheep. We have herds of gaur, bantengs, and Cape buffalo living in large field exhibits. You can see the breeding herd of Cape buffalo during an Africa Tram tour. To see the gaur, bantengs, and our bachelor buffalo herd, take a Caravan Safari or Cart Safari. We also have ankole cattle, a domesticated breed native to Africa famous for their huge horns.

Coati

The coati is related to the kinkajou, ringtail, and raccoon. A coati going about its business brings new meaning to the phrase “living in the moment.” Keepers make the most of this trait, indulging the curious creatures by hiding bits of food all around. This scavenger hunt is a supplement to the coatis’ regular diet, which they eat in their back bedroom area.

Muntjac Deer

The muntjac represents the oldest and most primitive of antlered deer. This short, stocky deer has tiny antlers that can regrow if damaged and dagger-shaped, small tusks. It lives in thick, wooded hills. Unlike other deer, the muntjac is omnivorous. It eats bamboo shoots, leaves, bark, fruits, and carrion. It is even a skilled hunter! A muntjac may plunder the nests of ground-nesting birds and kill small mammals with powerful blows from its forelegs and bites from its tusks.

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