Mammals of Tanzania

Serengeti, Tanzania por Sara&Joachim.

Photo of cheetah in the Serengeti by Sara&Joachim on Flickr

List of mammals in Tanzania (Wikipedia)

Elephants may explain Mount Kilimanjaro’s bamboo enigma

At nearly 6,000 meters in height, Mount Kilimanjaro is both Africa’s tallest mountain and the world’s highest solitary peak, home to a diverse range of habitats that support a large variety of plant species. Yet, unlike any other mountain in Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro contains no bamboo.

Scientists have pondered Mount Kilimanjaro’s missing bamboo for over a century. Some have come to the conclusion that it is a result of dry conditions, but Dr. Andreas Hemp believes he has found another explanation. Speaking at the annual meeting of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation (ATBC) in Paramaribo, Suriname, Hemp said that Mount Kilimanjaro had similar rainfall to other tall East African mountains and that the mystery of the missing bamboo is due to a long interplay between elephant and human populations.

Africa’s rarest carnivore spotted in Tanzania

Africa’s rarest carnivore, Jackson’s mongoose, was spotted in the mountains of remote southern Tanzania by researchers with the Wildlife conservation Society (WCS). Until now the species has been only known from a few observations and museum specimens.

New monkey discovered in Tanzania

Africa’s first new species of monkey for over 20 years has been discovered in remote mountains in the southern Tanzania. The Highland Mangabey was first discovered by biologists from the Wildlife conservation Society (WCS) in a remote highland forest.

Recommended guide books on Tanzanian mammals

The Kingdon Pocket Guide to African Mammals – the famous classic identification guide to African mammals

The Kingdon Field Guide to African Mammals is the standard identification guide to all African land mammals. This new pocket guide is an adaptation of the original into a standard field-guide format. The greatly condensed text focuses on essential information such as identification and distribution, while the author’s superb illustrations have been rearranged into an easy-to-use plate format and placed opposite the text. Complex and more obscure groups like the bats and certain rodent families are summarised by genera. This is a practical, lightweight guide, ideal for use in the field and more suitable than the original for the lay person and tourist on safari. “Excellent, comprehensive field guide so you can tell your puku from your lechwe.” BBC Wildlife

Tanzania: with Zanzibar, Pemba & Mafia (Bradt Travel Guide) The best guide to  wildlife watching in Tanzania. Wonderfully opinionated.

Equally excellent by the same author homing in on the safari route is Northern Tanzania: The Bradt Safari Guide with Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar (Bradt Travel Guide) (Actually this is the one I possess)

Traveller’s Guide – Wildlife of Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda

The perfect companion for the safari enthusiast, this complete traveller’s guide to the wildlife of Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda features 475 species of bird, mammal, snake, lizard, insect and tree. A must-have for all those considering a trip to the game reserves of this highly popular region. This series is designed to give visitors to far-away places a handy identification guide to the wildlife they might see as they travel around. Written and illustrated by wildlife experts who have been leading safaris in the region for over 20 years, each species is illustrated with a full-colour photograph and features a full species description. It includes information on wildlife photography such as the best type of camera, film and lenses to use, information on techniques and codes of conduct.