A few weeks ago I posted about some of the more unusual animal inhabitants of the Serengeti entitled The Bizarre, Quirky, Rare and Deadly. This week we will take a look at the Antelopes of the Serengeti. One of the main reasons the Serengeti is commonly regarded as the finest national park in Africa is the incredible diversity of large animals that coexist within the ecosystem. A perfect example of this diversification is seen in the Antelope species. I count 16 different species of antelope that have been seen by our guests over the last several years with 12 of those species being commonly seen on many of our safaris.
Well, it’s not really a unicorn but they might as well be considering how rare this particular antelope species has become in Northern Tanzania. It’s been several years since any of our guests on safari have spotted a fringe-eared oryx in either the Serengeti or Tarangire National Parks. Needless to say, we were all delighted here at ADS when we heard a small group of oryx had been spotted in Tarangire. A big thanks to Peter A. who just returned from Tarangire and sent us these pictures as proof this rare antelope still persists in the Tarangire ecosystem.