Tsavo National Park

Tsavo National Park

Tsavo National Park, 8,034 sq mi (20,808 sq km), SE Kenya; est. 1948. Located on the semiarid plains, it is a sanctuary for the large animals of E Africa. The Mzima Springs are found there.

Park, southeastern Kenya, east of Mount Kilimanjaro. Established in 1948, it covers 8,036 sq mi (20,812 sq km) and is Kenya's largest national park. For administrative purposes, it is divided into two smaller units: Tsavo East and Tsavo West. The park comprises semiarid plains covered by dormant vegetation (which blooms after a light rain) and acacia and baobab trees. Wildlife includes elephants, lions, rhinoceroses, hippopotamuses, hartebeests, and hundreds of bird species. Poaching and brush fires are constant problems.

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