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Animals you might see in Ruaha

 

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The Ruaha is an extremely game rich area

Game drive on Great Ruaha River

Game drive with lioness 

You can hope to see a wide variety of game in this special wilderness, includingCheetah, Lion, Leopard, Giraffe, Elephant, Hyaena, Jackal, Pangolin, Buffalo, Greater and Lesser Kudu, Sable and Roan Antelope, Hippo, Crocodile, and many varieties of Birds, Insects, Butterflies and Snakes.
The endangered African Hunting Dog is rarely seen in Ruaha nowadays.

Civet cat  

hyaena and leopard

bushbuck and bats  

Mdonya lion pride

There is no doubt that the area around Mdonya camp is very game rich.
Night cameras (activated by movement) were set up at a waterhole near the camp - below are just a very few samples
of some of the nightly visits of animals, birds and bats - hyaenas ate the cameras unfortunately!

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The cats

 

Ruaha lions

Mdonya lion pride with elephants 

Male Lion drinking

Lion cubs 

Lion cubs

Male lion 

Lioness suckling cubs

Male lion and cub on a kill

The Mdonya Pride  Lion bath time

There are many lion prides in the Ruaha National Park - its a perfect environment for them.
It is fascinating to observe the daily life of the pride, from hunting to the kill, and from mating to the behaviour of endearing lion cubs, playing with each other and pulling tails,
Lionesses nursing and "bathing" their offspring.

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Leopard

Leopard at Mdonya 

Leopard at Mdonya

Ruaha Leopard

There are actually more leopards per square metre in the Ruaha, than lion - but they are so shy and elusive that they are much harder to see.
Mdonya camp has always had a resident leopard and the guests are often lucky enough to see this beautiful animal near the camp.

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Cheetah

Ruaha Cheetah 

Ruaha Cheetah

Ruaha Cheetah Mum with cubs 

Ruaha Cheetah Mum with cubs

Unlike Selous, the Ruaha has a Cheetah population. It is very rare to see them - but last year many of our guests were lucky enough to have good sightings of a Cheetah mother with cubs.

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River Animals

Ruaha Hippos 

Ruaha Hippo

Ruaha Hippo 

Ruaha Hippos

Ruaha Hippo 

Ruaha Hippo s

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Elephants

Ruaha Elephants digging for water 

Ruaha Elephants with babies

Ruaha Elephants fighting 

Ruaha Elephants drinking

Ruaha Elephant 

Ruaha Elephants

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    Herbivores  

Ruaha Buffalo 

Ruaha Buffalo 

Ruaha Buffalo  Ruaha Kudu

Ruaha Kudu  Ruaha Kudu

 
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