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Wildlife in Serengeti-Park

Our animals from A to Z

The Serengeti-Park Hodenhagen is the largest safari park in Europe. More than 1,500 wild and exotic animals from far away countries live in a natural environment!
On an area of 120 hectares you will find, among others, lions, tigers, rhinos, antelopes and bears. Wildlife conservation, research and sustainability are an important part of our philosophy. To get a picture of the variety, you can find here a list of all animals from A to Z. To facilitate the search, we have divided the animals into different animal species.

Serengeti-Park animals: Addax
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Addax | Addax nasomaculatus

The Addax (also cal­led Men­des ante­lope) is com­p­le­tely white, espe­cially in spring and sum­mer, except for the facial fea­tu­res. Sculp­tu­res and pic­tu­res show that Men­des ante­lopes in anci­ent Egypt were important sacri­fi­cial ani­mals. This ante­lope spe­cies is threa­te­ned with extinc­tion today. In wes­tern and cen­tral Sahara, where they live, they are lar­gely dri­ven out by live­stock and hun­ting.

Serengeti-Park animals: Donkey
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African Donkey | Equus asinus

The don­key is one of the world’s most com­mon pets. The ances­tral form is the Afri­can don­key, which ori­gi­nally lives in dry, hilly or moun­tai­nous regi­ons, mostly with stony ground. The­re­fore, don­keys can also climb stony and rough hills. Howe­ver, they can­not run as fast as hor­ses and can only reach speeds up to 50 km/h.

Serengeti-Park animals: African Elephant
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African elephant | Loxodonta africana

The lar­gest land mam­mal on Earth. In the past, ele­phants were spread all over Africa, today you only find them from Sudan to South Africa. They live in sav­an­nas, bush step­pes, forests, wet­lands and moun­tain slopes. It is ama­zing how sen­si­ti­vely and skill­fully an Afri­can ele­phant can handle its trunk: it is easy for it to pick up objects. At the same time the trunk is also the smell and touch organ. Look clo­sely, it can be tur­ned in all direc­ti­ons, stret­ched and rol­led up. The ele­phant regu­la­tes its body tem­pe­ra­ture on hot days by waving its huge ears and coo­ling the many blood ves­sels that run through them.

Serengeti-Park animals: African Ostrich
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African Ostrich | Struthio camelus

The Afri­can Ostrich is the lar­gest living bird on earth. It is widely dis­tri­bu­ted in Africa, living in open, dry land­s­ca­pes with sandy or rocky ground. Ostri­ches are mainly her­bi­vo­res, but also do not refuse insects and small ani­mals. The ostrich does some­t­hing unu­sual: to crush its food in the sto­mach, it eats small sto­nes!

Serengeti-Park animals: Alpaca
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Alpaca | Lama guanicoe f. pacos

There are two types of alpaca: the Hua­caya and the Suri. The Hua­caya alpaca has fine ruf­f­led hair, while the Suri alpaca has curly straight strands. The alpaca belongs to the family of camels. It has no hump, like all New World camels. Alpa­cas are slightly smal­ler than lla­mas and only weigh up to 80 kilo­grams. The alpaca lives in the South Ame­ri­can Andes. There it is kept as a live­stock because of its wool.

Serengeti-Park animals: Amur Leopard
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Amur Leopard | Panthera pardus orientalis

The Amur Leo­pard is the rarest big cat on Earth! It used to be wide­s­p­read: you could find it in eas­tern Sibe­ria bet­ween North Korea and the Rus­sian Tun­dra. Nowa­days, it can only be found along the Amur River. Under 50 ani­mals live there, remai­ning the only free-living Amur leo­pards world­wide! The World Con­ser­va­tion Union, IUCN, has clas­si­fied the Amur leo­pard as criti­cally end­an­ge­red! Today, about 200 of these rare ani­mals live in zoos.

Serengeti-Park animals: Arabian Oryx
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Arabian Oryx | Oryx leucoryx

There are many sto­ries about the Ara­bian or the White Oryx. People used to think that this majestic ani­mal had magi­cal abi­li­ties: The flesh was sup­po­sed to give extra­or­di­nary power and make it insen­si­tive to thirst. It was also belie­ved that the blood hel­ped against snake bites. The­re­fore, people have hun­ted this ante­lope a lot. They are clas­si­fied as vul­ne­ra­ble by the Inter­na­tio­nal Union for the Con­ser­va­tion of Nature (IUCN).

Serengeti-Park animals: Bactrian camel
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Bactrian camel | Camelus ferus bactrianus

Camels were wide­s­p­read in desert areas of Cen­tral Asia, like Mon­go­lia and Kaz­akhs­tan, as a domesti­ca­ted live­stock. They are now con­s­i­de­red criti­cally end­an­ge­red! They belong to the sub­or­der of the vicu­nas, gua­na­cos, lla­mas, dro­me­da­ries and alpa­cas. Camels, which belong to the family of the Came­li­dae, have two humps; the dro­me­dary, howe­ver, has only one hump. These humps, con­trary to popu­lar belief, are used to store fat, not water. These ani­mals have cal­lous pads on their soles. This allows them to move softly and sil­ently. Camels are 2.30 meters tall and weigh up to 500 kilo­grams. After the giraffe and the hippo, they are the lar­gest hoo­fed ani­mals.

Serengeti-Park animals: Barbary Sheep
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Barbary Sheep | Ammotragus lervia

Bar­bary sheep, also known as Aou­dad, are a spe­cies of caprid (goat ante­lope) which was pre­viously wide­s­p­read in its native North Africa. They pre­fer to live in rug­ged and moun­tai­nous ter­rain from deserts and semi-deserts to open forests and are ext­re­mely noma­dic. These ani­mals are excel­lent clim­bers. They have a shoul­der height of 8 to 10 meters and weigh bet­ween 40 to 140 kilo­grams. Aou­dad has some shaggy hair on their throat and cur­ved horns that can exceed 1.02 meters. They can go for weeks wit­hout drin­king water, as they manage to live only from dew and liquids from plants, such as gras­ses, bus­hes and lichens. They are clas­si­fied as vul­ne­ra­ble by the World Con­ser­va­tion Union, IUCN, due to loss of habi­tat and hun­ting.

Serengeti-Park animals: Tiger
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Bengal Tiger | Panthera tigris

The King Tiger, also known as the Ben­gal tiger, is the most nume­rous tiger sub­s­pe­cies in Asia. This big cat ori­gi­nally came in nine sub­s­pe­cies. Some spe­cies are already extinct and all other tiger breeds are end­an­ge­red. Fort­u­na­tely, it has now been pos­si­ble to build bree­ding groups of Ben­gal tigers and suc­cess­fully mul­ti­ply this mag­ni­fi­cent big cat. Tigers are soli­tary, like all big cats except the lions and chee­tahs, and only come toge­ther during the mating sea­son.