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This national park entered the international conscious after the publication of Joy Adamson’s Born Free. This book describes how Joy and her husband George nurtured and successfully rehabilitated Elsa, a lioness cub. Elsa inspired their dedication to wildlife preservation within Meru, and in Kenya as a whole, for the rest of their lives.

 

This 336 mi² (870 km²) park should be very attractive to those who desire to get “off-the-beaten path” to explore its stunning, diverse landscape and abundance of wildlife. Meru possesses large herds of elephant and buffalo, plains game (like oryx, eland, reticulated giraffe, Grevy’s zebra, and the elusive bohor reedbuck), some lesser kudu and gerenuk, lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena and jackal. Meru is also home to a small population of black and white rhinos, which reside within the park’s rhino sanctuary. More than 427 bird species have been recorded, including African finfoot, Pel’s fishing owl, palm nut vulture, violet wood hoopoe, and the golden-breasted starling.

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