Animals

Animals

East Africa is abundantly blessed with natural resources and most of all, it is blessed with a wide variety of animals that are amongst the most beautiful in the world. When one talks about 'Safari' what comes to mind is a reserve game park in Africa. Not many know that 90% of the 'Safari' parks are in East Africa. 'Safari' in 'Swahili' actually means journey or a long trip.

Here are the 'Swahili' names of common African Animals arranged in alphabetical order of translation from English to Swahili. You will find that very often a Swahili word is of same form as a singular or plural.
Since many animals that exist in other parts of the world do not exist in East Africa, there are no names for them in Swahili. We refer to many animals in same names as in English or native lands where they come from.

Animals

Pictures=Picha

Wanyama

African Wild Dogs

 

Mbwa mwitu

Baboon(s)

nyani001.JPG (6830 bytes)

Nyani

Bat(s)

 

Popo

Blue Monkey(s)

 

Kima

Buffalo(es)

nyati01.JPG (7223 bytes)

Nyati / Mbogo

Bushbuk

 

Pongo

Camel(s)

ngamia01.JPG (6797 bytes)

Ngamia

Cat(s)

 

Paka

Cheetah(s)

duma01.JPG (7211 bytes)

Duma / Chita

Chimpanzee(s)

nyani01.JPG (7473 bytes)

Sokwe mtu / Chipanzi

Civet(s)

 

Ngawa

Colobus

 

Mbega

Cow(s)

ngombe01.JPG (8216 bytes)

N'gombe

Crow (Black) - Indian

 

Kunguru (mweusi)

Deer

paa01.JPG (6995 bytes)

Paa

Dikdik

 

Funo

Dog(s)

mbwa02.JPG (7227 bytes)

Mbwa

Dolphin(s)

pomboo02.JPG (5690 bytes)

Pomboo

Donkey(s)

punda01.JPG (6185 bytes)

Punda

Eland

 

Pofu

Elephant(s)

tembo001.JPG (6754 bytes)

Tembo / Ndovu

Fish

samaki02.JPG (6424 bytes)

Samaki

Gazelle(s)

swala01.JPG (7322 bytes)

Swala

Gerenuk

 

Swala twiga

Giraffe(s)

twiga01.JPG (5934 bytes)

Twiga

Goat(s)

 

Mbuzi

Gorilla(s)

 

Sokwe

Grant's Gazelles

 

Swala Granti

Guinea pig(s)

 

Sili (or) Pimbi

Hartebeest

 

Kongoni

Hippo(potamus)

kiboko01.JPG (5577 bytes)

Kiboko

Horse(s)

farasi01.JPG (6880 bytes)

Farasi

Hyena(s)

fisi01.JPG (8142 bytes)

Fisi

Impala

 

Swala pala

Jackals

 

Bweha

Kilpspringer

 

Mbuzi mawe

Kudu

 

Tandala

Leopard(s)

chui01.JPG (7644 bytes)

Chui

Lion(s)

simba02.JPG (8724 bytes)

Simba

Mongoose

 

Nguchiro

Monkey(s) - Velvet

 

Tumbili / Tumbiri

Oribi

 

Taya

Oryx

 

Choroa

Owl(s)

bundi01.JPG (7620 bytes)

Bundi

Pata(s)   Kima

Pig(s)

nguruwe02.JPG (6199 bytes)

Ngurue

Rabbit(s)

sungura01.JPG (7832 bytes)

Sungura

Rat(s)

 

Panya

Reedbuk

 

Tohe

Rhinocerous

 

Kifaru

Roan

 

Korongo

Rock Hyrax

 

Pimbi

Sable

 

Palahala

Sheep

kondoo01.JPG (4081 bytes)

Kondoo

Sitatunga

 

Nzohe

Squirrel

kicheche01.JPG (6605 bytes)

Kicheche

Suni

 

Paa

Thompson's Gazelles

 

Swala Tomi

Tiger(s)

 

Chuwi

Topi

 

Nyamera

Warthogs

 

Ngiri

Waterbuck

 

Kuro

Wild beast or Gnu

 

Nyumbu

Zebra(s)

pundamilia01.JPG (8121 bytes)

Punda milia


 
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