Haller Park:Wildlife Sanctuary in a City

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A nature walk at Haller Park in Mombasa

History of Haller Park in Mombasa

In 1973 in Mombasa Kenya, Bamburi cement company wanted to transformed an abandoned quarry to something useful, they sought the help of Dr Renee Parker who enriched the soil with nutrients, he then looked for indigenous trees that he could plant, after a series of research only three plant species were able to grown nicely in the area, they include the eucalyptus, mangrove trees coconut trees, pine trees, shrubs and grass.   After another intensive research wildlife animals were added in the park. The first animals that were added in the park were crocodiles.

Where is Haller Park

Haller Park is found in Kenyans second largest city Mombasa, it is found along Mombasa – Malindi highway.  The beaches that are close the Haller Park are Mombasa beach, Kenyatta beach and Millele beach.

What are the wildlife in Haller Park

Hippopotamuses in Haller Park

Sally on the left and Potty on the right

Sally is a hippopotamus that was adapted by a filmmaker, she was born in 1972, and she is now 49 years, old. She weighs about one and a half tone. Sally had been living lonely for fourteen years. In 1986 Potty a male hippopotamus was introduced to Sally. Potty had been in a Germany, the zoo in Germany did not keep him in a good condition. The conservation experts brought him to Kenya. During the day they spend a good quality time in water, they occasional come out around 4:30 pm when they are given dairy cubes as supplement. You will be a few meters from this zoo animals when they are being feed. The two once day a calf, he was named Owen. Owen became famous in the world when he abandoned her parents and started to live with Mzee. Mzee is a very old tortoise in the zoo. Hippopotamuses do not belong to big five wildlife animals,they , belong to big nine wildlife animals.

Giraffes (Rothschild giraffes) in Haller Park

A visitor feeding a giraffes in Haller park

Get an opportunity to see the tallest wildlife animals which live in a city, the Rothschild giraffes are the type of giraffes that you will find at the Haller Park, during the day you can have an opportunity to feed the giraffes at around 11 am. Giraffes are big nine wildlife animals.

Cape Verde Buffaloes

Cape buffaloes are the only big five wildlife animals that you will find in this zoo.They will spend most of time together eating grass in the zoo compound. You will have an opportunity to see these two big five wildlife animals. In the evening the zoo keepers will give the buffaloes dairy cubes to supplement the diet. This is the best moment you can take pictures of them, because they will be very close to human. They are given supplement at around 4:30 in the evening.

Tortoises in Haller Park

Mzee is an old tortoise at Haller park

There are two tortoises in Haller Park, they live near a water hole, where they can feed on the grass around, Mzee is the most famous tortoise in Haller Park, and she is a very big tortoise, the tortoise is over one hundred years old.

Crocodile farm in Haller Park

Visitors feeding crocodile in the snake park

Haller park has a crocodile farm, crocodiles grow very fast in coastal areas because of high temperatures, during feeding time, caretaker will be giving the crocodiles large chunks of meat.

Reptile Park in Haller Park

A Reptile in a snake farm

The park also have a snake park, you will see very big snakes which are closed in a grass container.

What Languages are spoken in Haller Park

When you are in the Haller park you will be able to have a nature walk in the forest, tour guides are conducted in German, French,English and Swahili.

This safari is good for family day out, picnic, schools and colleges, It is a very good place you will learn conservation. Book for this safari with us

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