Selous Game Reserve
The Selous is known in swahili as Shamba ya Bibi – literally translated as “women’s garden”. It has the largest number of several species of animals found in a single reserve anywhere in the world:
- elephant – 65,000
- Bufalo – 110,000
- Hipopotamus – 40,000
- Lion – 3,000
- The endangered African Hunting Dog – 1,300
The Selous ecosystem encompasses a wide spectrum of wildlife habitats including open grasslands, miombo woodlands that cover three quarters of the reserve, and riverine forests. As a result of its unique ecological importance, the Selous was declared a World Heritage Site in 1982.
Selous was the son of a chairman of the London Stock Exchange, Born in England in 1851, he bacame a noted naturalist, conservationist and big game hunter. He was killed in 1917 while a Captain leading a detachment against a German position.
Flora / Fauna: miombo woodland, open wooded grassland, riverine swamps
Habitat : African Wild Dog, Elephant, Cheetah, Giraffe, Hippopotamus, Buffalo, Crocodile, White Rhinoceros
largest game reserve in Africa; 350 bird species.