Fauna of Tanzania

Wildebeests

Tanzania is famous for two main animals – Wildebeests and Elephants. The Wildebeests in Tanzania are the main attractions of all the safari tours. If you are looking to spot these rare beasts, you should head to the Serengeti National Park. Each year, these beasts migrate to Serengeti and it is a spectacular sight to see. They move across the Mara-Serengeti area.

Elephants

Elephants in Tanzania are a very common sight and a part of the “Big Five” club. Each wildlife park or forest reserve has an abundant population of elephants. The mighty animals are very friendly. Sometimes, during a safari, you can even get up close to an elephant. They are usually seen either walking in small groups or contained in a particular area. However, if you wish to see the animals in action, then you must wait for the migration season.

Dik-diks

Though they look like miniature deer, dik-diks are small antelopes that never get bigger than 30 to 40 cm (12 to 16 in) and weigh only 3 to 6.8 kg (7 to 15 lbs). When sensing danger, the female warns other game species in the area that it’s time to flee by emitting a nose whistle that sounds like “zik-zik” or “dik-dik.” These travel-sized antelopes are capable of reaching speeds of up to 67.5 km (42 mi) per hour.

The Wildlife of Argentina

Patagonian Fox

Despite its name, the Patagonian fox is not a true fox, but a member of the canid genus with a close resemblance to foxes. This small, large-eared, greyish mammal inhabits the frigid and arid Patagonian steppe to either side of the Andes Mountain Range.

Mara

The mara is a herbivore. It’s also monogamous and has a single mate for life, but more than 25 pairs may share the same warren.

Whales

You’ll find plenty of great places to go whale watching in South America, but Patagonia is one of the best. You can see southern right whales and orcas from Puerto Madryn and the Valdez Peninsula in Argentine Patagonia. Slow moving, curious and huge, the southern right whale is arguably the most iconic marine mammal in Patagonia.

Culpeo

Also known as the Andean fox or zorro culpeo, this is the second-largest canid species in South America after the maned wolf.

Animal Photography. Tips

Choose A Good Camera

Shooting outdoors can also be challenging even for the most advanced cameras out there, so you need a camera with a manual mode. You're going to need full control when the situation becomes too complicated to use automatic features.

Protect Your Gear From The Elements

Before you go out, make sure that you have all the essential gear to keep you and your equipment safe from the elements.

Learn About The Animals

Find out where and what time of day you can find your subject. Some people don’t realize this, but animals can be tough to find in the wild. Many of them are so good at hiding, you wouldn’t know they’re there unless you know how to figure out the clues they leave behind.

Keep A Low Profile

Consider using your camera’s silent shutter feature if it has one. Additionally, although it may be tempting to switch to burst mode, you need to use it sparingly.

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Maximilian Palmer

Tour Guide at Tanzania Exploration Bureau

Tanzania Exploration is a boutique tour operator specializing in personalized private and small group photo safari tours to Tanzania and Argentina. We are true experts when it comes to wildlife photography.

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