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Serengeti-Park animals: Bison
Wildlife in Serengeti-Park

Bison | Bison bison

The bison is also known as the “Indian buf­falo”. It is the only wild cattle and at the same time the most power­ful mam­mal of the Ame­ri­can con­ti­nent! Before Euro­pe­ans came to Ame­rica, there was a bil­lo­wing sea of grass – the great prai­rie that see­med end­lessly wide. This was the home of the bison. It is hard to ima­gine that almost 60 mil­lion of these mighty ani­mals lived here! For the Indi­ans, bison was vital: they lived off their flesh, made their clo­thes and tents from their skins, and tur­ned their horns into jewelry. They hun­ted only as many ani­mals as they nee­ded for their live­li­hood.

Serengeti-Park animals: Vari
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Black-and-White Ruffed Lemur | Varecia variegata

These con­spi­cuous mon­keys from the group of lemurs are at home in the rain­fo­rest of Mada­gas­car. They are con­s­i­de­red criti­cally end­an­ge­red due to hun­ting and are sub­ject to the stric­test pro­tec­tive regu­la­ti­ons. Black-and white-ruf­fed lemurs, also known as Varis, love to take long sun­baths in the early mor­ning hours. The nati­ves have obser­ved this beha­vior and the­re­fore belie­ved that they worship the sun and thus they were decla­red sac­red ani­mals by them.

Serengeti-Park animals: Blackbuck
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Blackbuck | Antelope cervicapra

This beau­ti­ful, medium-sized ante­lope with ele­gantly cur­ved horns can run up to 80 km/h! She lives in the open land­s­ca­pes of India, Nepal and Pakis­tan, where she can­not pre­vent a thi­cket from run­ning and jum­ping. The black­buck or Indian ante­lope is socia­ble. The ani­mals are in herds with 15 to 50 mem­bers toge­ther. Every herd has a lea­der.

Serengeti-Park animals: Capybara
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Capybara | Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris

The water hog is the lar­gest rodent on earth. It is a mam­mal of the gui­nea pig family (Cavi­i­dae). The Gua­rani Indi­ans call it Capy­bara, which means “Lord of the grass”. It lives in South Ame­rica (Panama, Colom­bia, Vene­zuela) and looks like a very large pig. Capy­ba­ras are up to 130 inches long, and their shoul­der height rea­ches up to 60 centi­me­ters. The fema­les grow slightly lar­ger than the males.

Serengeti-Park animals: Agouti
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Central American Agouti | Dasyprocta punctate

The Cen­tral Ame­ri­can Agouti belongs to the rodent family and is a rela­tive of the gui­nea pig. Its dis­tri­bu­tion ran­ges from Chia­pas in Sou­thern Mexico, through Cen­tral Ame­rica, to Colom­bia, Ecua­dor and far wes­tern Vene­zuela. Agou­tis are a diur­nal spe­cies and live in mono­ga­mous pairs. They are found in rain­fo­rests, sav­an­nas, cul­ti­va­ted areas and thick brush, and mainly feed on fruits and seeds. They are important for dis­per­sing seeds of plants.

Serengeti-Park animals: Zebra
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Chapman’s Zebra | Equus quagga chapmani

There are three types of zebras: Grevy’s zebra, moun­tain zebra and plains zebra. Chap­man’s zebra is a sub­s­pe­cies of the plains zebra and are varia­bly colo­red. Often, the back half of his torso is rather hori­zon­tally stri­ped, the dra­wing is also seen on the belly and there are often ligh­ter “sha­dow stri­pes” available. They live in family groups with a hier­ar­chy. Imme­dia­tely after the stal­lion, the lead mare comes with her foals, then the other fema­les come with their young. Alt­hough zebras seem to be quite simi­lar to hor­ses, they are dif­fe­rent. Zebras do not have strong bones, so they are not sui­ta­ble for riding. Like hor­ses, zebras are flight ani­mals, rea­ching up to 50 km/h. Please be atten­tive, because zebras have very strong teeth, it is seven times stron­ger than that of a horse!

Serengeti-Park animals: Cheetah
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Cheetah | Acinonyx jubatus

The fas­test land ani­mal! The chee­tah is famous for its enor­mous speed, which can be rea­ched wit­hin a few seconds: 90-110 km/h is an easy task for this beau­ti­ful ani­mal! Howe­ver, the chee­tah can hold this speed only a few meters long and must thus focus on his prey quite accu­ra­tely during his sprint. His poten­tial prey, usually an ante­lope, only has a chance if the dis­tance is big enough. The chee­tah has trai­ned its body for this rapid and short hunt: He has non-retrac­ta­ble claws and is thus equip­ped for high speeds. Also striking is its black streak from the eyes to the snout.

Serengeti-Park animals: Chimpanzee
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Chimpanzee | Pan troglodytes

You are right in front of our 3,000 square meter green island for our chim­pan­zees – our clo­sest rela­ti­ves in the ani­mal king­dom. This is loca­ted in the Ambo­seli Schim­pan­sen Reser­vat. Since chim­pan­zees can­not swim, the natu­ral limi­ta­tion of the moat is com­p­le­tely suf­fi­ci­ent. The rocks, tree trunks, clim­bing ropes and the many gre­ens offer our chim­pan­zees a lot of variety. The island is so exten­sive that young ani­mals spend many weeks on their mother’s back to get to know their sur­roun­dings. You can watch the chim­pan­zees search for hid­den food that the kee­pers hid for them in a variety of places.

Serengeti-Park animals: Liszt monkeys
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Cotton-top Tamarin | Saguinus oedipus

The family of the mar­mo­sets inclu­des the Liszt mon­keys, also known as the Cot­ton-top Tama­rin. They have their name in refe­rence to the com­po­ser Franz Liszt, who at the time was wea­ring an idio­syn­c­ratic hair­style. These mon­keys have a wild white head of hair, the mane grows deep into the middle of the forehead, howe­ver the face is black, as are the ears. In the wild, they are pre­do­mi­n­ant in northwes­tern Colom­bia. Since their habi­tat is very limi­ted and threa­te­ned by defo­re­sta­tion, they are clas­si­fied by the World Con­ser­va­tion Union, IUCN, as criti­cally end­an­ge­red!

Serengeti-Park animals: Domestic goat
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Domestic goat | Capra hircus

Goats belong to the family of horn-bea­rers. For most goat breeds, both sexes wear horns. Like the horns of ante­lopes and rhi­nos, they are made of kera­tin – just like our fin­ger­nails. More than 10,000 years ago, our today’s domestic goats were bred from the Bezoan-goat living in the Middle East. Goats serve pri­ma­rily as a meat, lea­ther and milk sup­p­lier. They are very fru­gal with food and ext­re­mely robust.