Uganda and Kenya Mammals 3-18 Aug 2009

Note: We used mostly "Kingdon Pocket Guide to African Mammals" by Jonathan Kingdon, and most names used here follow that book, with page references. None of these books are perfect, so we also used Smither's Mammals of South Africa. I again shot literally hundreds of images of the large cats and it was very hard to cull them down to even these numbers of them...

Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) p.22

We spent a day in Kibale Forest National Park tracking this group, which was quite active. Our most frequent view was the one immediately to the left of this text... They spent a lot of time looking up as in the top row, because chimps in the trees were constantly throwing things down to the ground.

Mountain Gorilla (Gorilla gorilla) p.24

We also spent a day in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest tracking these Mountain Gorillas. See more photos of the forest and the trek on the scenic and people pages. Our group (Mubare group) had moved quite a bit overnight, so we hiked for about 5 hours to reach them (although not very fast), The forest had trails for part of the way, and the rest of it was some pretty strenuous hiking, but the porters helped anyone who needed it and it was a great time. The gorilla in the top row and second one down on the left is Ruhodenza, the silverback or lead male of the group.

Central African Red Colobus Monkey (Piliocolobus oustaleti) p.28

Guereza (Black and white) Colobus Monkey (Colobus guereza) p.32

Olive Baboon (Papio anubis) p.34

Grey-cheeked Mangabey (Lophocebus albigena) p.40

Vervet Monkey (Cercopithecus (aethiops) pygerythrus) p.42

Red-tailed Monkey (Cercopithecus (cercopithecus) ascanius) p.56

Unstriped Ground Squirrel (Xerus rutilus) p.98

  Side-striped Jackal (Canis adustus) p.142

Not a great shot, but a pretty rare canid.

Black-backed Jackal (Canis mesomelas) p. 142

Banded Mongoose (Mungose mungo) p.152

Slender Mongoose (Herpestes sanguinea) p.156

Spotted Hyena (Crocuta crocuta) p.162

Leopard (Panthera pardus) p. 174


Lion (Panthera leo) p.174

The lioness and cubs series at the bottom was one of the most fun events I have ever had the pleasure of photographing... the antics of the cubs were just hilarious, and for an hour or so we were laughing out loud watching them all. The light wasn't great, but the experience sure was...

Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) p.174

African Elephant (Loxodonta africana) p.190

In several of these photos the elephants are tossing dust on themselves to help stay cooler.

Common Zebra (Equus quagga) p.192

In the middle image on the right, the one zebra is about to kick the stuffing out of the one on the left, and we could hear the noise of the impact quite far away.

Grevy's Zebra (Equus grevyi) p.196

Black Rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis) p.198

In the bottom shot, note that in this species the calves tend to follow behind the mother while traveling. Another name for this species that is more accurate than Black is Hook-lipped Rhino. This species has been declining at alarming rates for many years, and intensive efforts are underway to conserve the ones which remain.


White Rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum) p.198

In the right bottom shot, note the horn is made of hair. Also note in the shot above that one that in this species the calves tend to be in front of the mother while traveling. Another name for this species that is more accurate than White is Square-lipped Rhino.

Hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius) p.200

Common Warthog (Phacochoerus africanus) p.204

Those are Red-billed Oxpeckers.


Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis) p.208

Note two distinct subspecies represented here: Reticulated and Masai. Reticulated are mostly toward the top, with thinner pattern markings..

African (Cape) Buffalo (Syncerus caffer) p.210

Greater Kudu (Tragelaphus strepsiceros) p.216

Eland (Taurotragus oryx) p.218

  Kirk's Dikdik (Madoqua kirkii) p.232

(Uganda) Kob (Kobus kob) p.236

Waterbuck (Kobus ellipsiprymnus) p.236

Thomson's (Red-fronted) Gazelle (Gazella rufifrons) p.238

Grant's Gazelle (Gazella granti) p.240

Impala (Aepyceros melampus) p.244

The herd at lower right has been caught in a rainstorm.

Topi (Damaliscus lunatus) p.246

Topi LOVE to stand on termite mounds... you can often ID them from miles off by this habit.

Hartebeest (Kongoni) (Alcelaphus buselaphus) p.248

Wildebeest (Brindled Gnu) (Connochaetes taurinus) p.250

The bottom ten images are of combined Wildebeest and Zebra migration across the Mara and Talek Rivers... quite a spectacle. See bottom of this page for one of the dangers of this crossing, and why the Wildebeest sometimes huddle up on the banks without crossing.

Beisa Oryx (Oryx beisa) p.254

Nile Crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus)

And yes, I know this isn't a mammal... but it fits better on this page.

Nile Crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus) taking Wildebeest (Connochaetes taurinus) during river crossing. Not for the squeamish... they are pretty gruesome. Arranged in chronological order from top to right and then to bottom. Once the first big croc grabbed one about four more piled on.

For more African mammals from Tanzania, click on the photo at left.

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