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Did you know?

  • The stomach of crocodile has a size of football ball, he eats little, but many times per day.
  • Hippo weights 3,2 tones and is one of the heaviest land mammals.
  • Giraffe is one of the rare animals that have horns at birth.
  • The elephants walk on tiptoe, because under their heel they have thick layer of fat.
  • The biggest snakes of the world can eat a human in one time and a meal lasts for one year.
  • Flamingos get the color of their feathers because of their specific nutrition.
  • African elephant can run faster then a human and can walk several hours without any rest.
  • In first year of hippo’s life 45% of them die.
  • Shark is swimming with average speed of 3km/h and maximum speed of 95 km/h.
  • Giraffe has a same number of vertebrae like most of the mammals, but theirs are much longer.
  • Bushbabies got a name because of their sounds that reminded first explorers of crying babies.
  • Elephants communicate through vibrations that they make by hitting the ground with their feet.
  • Most of the elephants sleep standing and only 2-3 hours per day.
  • Hippo can stay 5 minutes under the water-surface and can even run on the bottom of the lake.
  • The biggest known shark in the world was 13 meters long and had 15 tones
  • Leopard likes to drink water everyday, but he can stay without it up to one month.
  • Wild elephant can eat 230 kg of food and drink 125 liters of water per day sometimes at once.
  • Near relative of African ostrich is South American nandu and Australian emus.
  • Ostrich, zebra and giraffe can kill with their kick even the mighty lion.
  • Turtles, birds and crocs like to rest on the backs of hippos.
  • African tribes are hunting bushbabies by leaving a palm wine in the forest and collecting drunk animals from it.
  • Warthog can run 50 km/h and they are very skillful to defend themselves.
  • The head of the rhino weights 200 kg.
  • Black leopard or Panther was first considered as different species, but in same family can be puppies of normal and black colour.
  • The biggest turtle in the world is belonging to the species of leatherback and weights 752 kg.
  • The grey rat is living everywhere in the world except polar countries. One couple can have up to 800 babies in just one year.
  • Insect-eating bats produce ultrasound of very high frequency, with echoes that bounce back, they get all necessary information.
  • One of the most shamefaced animals in area of high and low tide is octopus.
  • The longest recorded jump of bushbaby from one branch to another was more then 7 meters.
  • From 1830 on each year 10 to 30 thousand slaves were sold at slave market on Zanzibar.
  • Coconut palm can live up to 100 years but can reproduce only 20 years.
  • Warthog’s only enemies are lion and leopard.
  • In darkness leopard can see 6 times and hear 2 times better then human.
  • Monkey species of red colobus are living only in forest Jozani on Zanzibar Island.
  • Cheetahs are running 120 km/h, but only 20 seconds. This is still enough for successful hunting.
  • Insectivorous bats obtain most of the water they need from their prey, cave bats can lick up condensation.

Tarangire National Park

Tarangire National park is covering 2.600 km2 and it features rolling hills, forests along some river, acacia woodlands and typical baobabs. In a dry season high concentration of animals arrives to the park, because it provides the only permanent water supply in southern Masaai-land by way of the Tarangire River.

Road condition

In the north part of the park road conditions are acceptable, though visitors should approach areas consisting of black cotton soil with caution during the rainy season. In rainy season many roads become impassable. Most of the year soil is dry and it can even have some cracks because of long dry season. In rainy season the combination of that soil and rain makes black sticky mess that can delay game drives for hours. Most of the visitors stick to the northern and central part of the park as southern has minimal road system often available only for park authorities.

Flora

It forms part of the ecosystem that includes Lake Manyara National Park, Lake Natron and some others. It is based on patterns of annual migration and plays an important role in preservation of the wildlife. Like in any other ecosystem the plants and trees dictate the wildlife present in such area. Here you can experience famous baobab trees with an enormous size and stature the play important role in ecosystem, toothbrush trees that got their name because some local people are using them for toothbrush, umbrella acacia, woodland, palms, candelabra tree etc.

Fauna

During the dry season from June to September plains game and predators alike are present in great number. The best time for game-viewing is early morning or late afternoon as most of the animals are trying to avoid the day heat. You can find here Masaai giraffe, dik-dik, rock hyrax, klipspringers, hyenas etc. It is possible to see also large herds of buffalos, oryx, shy eland, baboons, vervet monkeys, zebras, wildebeest, lions, leopards, cheetahs or even sometimes civets and jackals. In park have been recorded also more then 300 species of birds, it’s excellent place for bird-watchers.

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