The Whereabouts of the Gerenuk

Old Nov 20th, 2006, 10:49 AM
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The Whereabouts of the Gerenuk

Iíve seen numerous gerenuks in Samburu and Tsavo East, and also a couple of them along the NairobiĖMagadi road just after Olorgasailie. Sandi did not see any gerenuks in the Shompole area and almost nobody writes about gerenuks in Amboseli Ė except Ann who saw one hiding in a bush. I canít remember any gerenuks at all in Tanzanian trip reports, but Iíve read that they can be found around Lake Natron and Mt. Longido. Now I feel a strong urge to know where gerenuks have bee sighted by Fodorites.
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Old Nov 20th, 2006, 11:40 AM
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We saw one while exiting Amboseli during 2004 trip. Guide didn't see it as he was driving at NASCAR race speed and we simply opted to remain silent!
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Old Nov 20th, 2006, 01:19 PM
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I vividly recall my first sighting 12/yrs ago at Samburu. Can't recall another anywhere since. I'm sure they are about in other areas, but in so few numbers, that it's a "find" when one in seen.
 
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A burning question for me as well. So glad you posted. I want to see them again. Have seen gerenuks only in Samburu. Thought I might see them in Lewa Downs, but no luck.
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Old Nov 20th, 2006, 07:00 PM
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Nyamera, gerenuks are present around Amboseli. In 1989 and 1991, I saw them inside the park. As you may know, a lot of bushland has been cleared by elephants in Amboseli. They are very rare now inside the park. However, they are locally plentiful around Amboseli (Campi ya Kanzi, Ol Donyo Wuas, Selenkay). They are also locally common in Meru. This September, I saw gerenuks at Campi ya Kanzi and Meru. They are also present in the Laikipia plateau (Lewa Downs area) but are rare. They used to occur in the Shompole area, but their recent game count revealed none. In Tanzania, they are present just outside Tarangire on the eastern side and are vagrants in the park. They are also locally abundant in Lake Natron, Longido, West Kilimanjaro and Mkomazi. They can also be seen on the road from Arusha to Nairobi.
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Old Nov 21st, 2006, 09:38 AM
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Hi Nyamera,

I can attest that gerenuks are in the Amboseli area. In October 2001, I saw a couple in the brush along the road into Amboseli. I didn't see any in Amboseli proper.

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Old Nov 21st, 2006, 02:10 PM
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Thanks for your replies. I think we could say that the exact location of the Gerenuk is, ďhiding in some bushes outside Amboseli NPĒ.
Or, any dry place with bushes from Tarangire and northwards? Has anyone seen gerenuks in Somalia or Ethiopia? Or west of the Rift Valley?

How would you describe the gerenuk? I think it looks like an elastic impala thatís stretched out. Iíve heard another good description from a person whoís been to Gabon (no gerenuks there): ďa cross between an impala and E.TĒ.
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Old Nov 21st, 2006, 02:19 PM
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San Diego Wild Animal Park
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Old Nov 22nd, 2006, 09:35 AM
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HI, I saw a pair at Lewa Downs when I stayed at Lewa wilderness Trails and also a solo male when I stayed at Loisaba and saw them in the Laikipia Reserve. If I ever get my photos organzied I will put my photos in the album!
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Old Nov 22nd, 2006, 10:15 AM
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Napamatt, I canít find the gerenuk on the website of San Diego Zoo.

13moons, Iím looking forward to seeing your gerenuk pictures.
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Old Nov 22nd, 2006, 10:24 AM
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I'll be on the lookout for them in Samburu and Meru this trip.
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Old Nov 22nd, 2006, 10:28 AM
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Patty, good Fodorite! I donít think you can miss them in Samburu.
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Old Nov 22nd, 2006, 10:32 AM
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Nyamera

Wild Animal Park is different than the zoo.
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Old Nov 22nd, 2006, 10:41 AM
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Napamatt, I googled ĒSan Diego Wild Animal ParkĒ and it was the same website as the zoo. Have you seen the gerenuk there, or is it just a rumour?
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Old Nov 22nd, 2006, 11:33 AM
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If you search gerenuk on sandiegozoo.org, you'll find some photos.
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Old Nov 22nd, 2006, 12:15 PM
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Thanks, Patty. There's even a gerenuk calf, but it doesn't really count.
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Old Nov 23rd, 2006, 06:55 AM
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Nyamera, From my small experience, one of the things that struck me about the gerenuk is not just the shape of it, but the position -- they really do stand on their hind legs to graze in the trees, so the effect is very tall and elongated, with almost the impression of being a two-legged creature.
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Old Nov 24th, 2006, 04:51 PM
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So... the TOPI is interested in Swalla-Twiga ?! ...

about the giraffe-gazelle: {that is what the name Gerenuk means in Somali language. same meaning in kiSwahili - above}
Best places to see it:
Samburu & Buffalo Springs reserves
Tsavo West & Tsavo East NPs
Amboseli - usually out of the park, on the road...
Its distribution continues north- north east to the Horn of Africa
Tarangire: though seems like suitable habitat, it is not on the list (e.g. JG Williams)
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Old Nov 24th, 2006, 04:56 PM
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Has anyone not seen the Gerenuk's bikini ?

when upright on hind legs it has a distinct black "bikini" underpants mark

Patty - can u bring back a good photo ?

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Old Nov 25th, 2006, 09:05 AM
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Not too long ago someone shared photos of gerenuk bellies. Right now I canít remember where to find them.

Where do the topi and the gerenuk occur together? I can only thing of Tsavo East where the coastal topis must sometimes meet gerenuks.
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