Panorama of a Safari Park field exhibit with giraffes, water buffalo, and rhinos

Mammals

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.

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!

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®!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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