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Wildlife & Birdlife

Borana is home to an abundance of wildlife including many critically endangered species, most notably the healthy populations of black and white rhino which are flourishing here, thanks to the security and conservation measures in place.

You are also likely to encounter herds of elephant, the endangered reticulated giraffe, the rare Grevy’s zebra and the better-known Burchill’s zebra.

Big cats include lion, leopard, cheetah, serval cat and civet; with spotted and striped hyena, wild dog, jackal and bat-eared fox adding to the list of predators living here. As well as zebra, there are large herds of buffalo and a host of antelope species ranging from Africa’s largest, the eland, to the smallest, the dik dik – and many others in between such as the greater kudu, oryx, impala, Grant’s gazelle, gerenuk and hartebeest.

Borana is a bird-lovers paradise. With more than 300 species of birds, there are too many to mention by name – but every game drive or walking safari will almost certainly be punctuated by flashes of colour as one or another of Borana’s feathered residents swoops into view. Specialist birding guides can be arranged.