The Meru region is some 217 miles north-west of Nairobi. The area used to suffer from intensive poaching, but the Kenyan government decided to start afresh with the park, helped by the French development agency l'Agence Française de Développement. The nature reserve was created in 1999 over an area measuring 336 square miles and features a variety of different animal species, including zebras, Grevy's zebras, gerenuks, crocodiles and even reticulated giraffes. The hippopotamuses are very fond of the River Tana in the south of the park. The film 'Born Free' was filmed on the reserve, recounting the story of Joy and George Adamson, a couple made famous by raising a young lioness before setting it free into the wild.
A group of zebras quench their thirst along the Tana river.© Bill Gozansky - age fotostock
A lioness carries her cub across the grassland in Meru National Park.© Sergei Uriadnikov / 123RF
Feeding time for a group of crocodiles.© ImageSource/ Age Fotostock
A lone giraffe makes its way across Meru National Park.© Marat Roytman / 123RF
Antelopes are a common sight in Kenya's national parks.© Mhgallery / 123RF