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TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK

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Area (SqKm):2,850
Altitude (m):1020-1080
# Species*:494
# Excl Vagrants*:494
# Endemics*:1
# Near Endemics*:9
Species/100 SqKm*:17.3
*Based on partial or incomplete data.
Habitat: Savanna, Acacia woodland

ABOUT THE BIRDING

Tarangire National Park is a less visited park but offers superb birding and wildlife viewing opportunities throughout the year. The landscapeis primarily open savanna dotted with Acacia woodland and large Baobab trees. The park is a dry season refuge when large numbers of migratory wildlife such as elephants, zebras, gazelles, wildebeest, eland, oryx, and buffalo concentrate around permanent water. Elephants congregate in herds of up to 600 animals, and the large numbers of game animals attract numerous lions. During November through February the plains turn green, and numerous wildebeest and zebra are dropping young. Over 550 species of birds have been recorded in the park, some of which are best seen there. Noteworthy among those are the African endemic Yellow-collared Lovebird, Red-throated Tit, Northern Pied-Babbler, and Ashy Starling.

LOCATION OF SITE

Tarangire National Park is located 2 hours drive (118 km) southwest of Arusha.