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The Four-striped Grass Mouse on Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania

The four-striped mouse (Four-striped Grass Mouse) is larger than a regular house mouse and best characterized by its greyish-brown fur (more like a squirrel) and four distinct dark stripes on its back.

Like other members of the rodent family, four-striped mice are omnivores who dine mainly on seeds, residual vegetation and the occasional insect or two.

These small four-legged animals can be found in the Savannahs below Mount Kilimanjaro and the arid desert areas surrounding the mountain.

About Kilimanjaro Mountain

The Kilimanjaro National park is one of the most visited park and one of the oldest in Tanzania. It is home to the tallest mountain in Africa and the tallest free standing mountain in the world.

The Kilimanjaro is not like most of the other national Parks in the northern circuit that attract tourist just to see wildlife and do game drives. People flock this national park to climb the tallest mountain in Africa.

You don’t expect game drives here as the park is basically a mountain. There is however some wildlife that you can see here but most people pay attention to the mountain which is also a UNESCO world heritage site and is also on the list of the wonders of Africa.

The park is about 50 Kilometers from Moshi town which is the largest nearby town and the nearby airport is Kilimanjaro international Airport which is in Arusha. The park covers an area of about 650 square kilometers.

The park just like all the other parks in Tanzania is managed by the Tanzania National Parks Authority. The park attracts over 40,000 hikers annually. Apart from the hiking, there is wildlife that people can explore.

One of the special species of animals you can find here on the Kilimanjaro national park is the Cape buffalo. The park has a variety of vegetation types that you can explore more so while you hike the Kilimanjaro Mountain.

The vegetation types include: Cultivation zones, Moorland, Montane forests and the Alpine or arid vegetation.

Some of the unmentioned wonders that are over shadowed by the fact that the Kilimanjaro is the Tallest Mountain in the world are the presence of Tarakia and Namwai Rivers.

The mountain has very many rodents and the most notable one being the Four-Striped Mouse. Other notable wildlife is the African bush Elephants, grey duikers, blue monkeys and the Black and white colubus monkeys.

There are several snake types here as well but the trails are dominated by human activity and therefore you will rarely find all this wildlife on the trail since they are shy more so the snake species on the Kilimanjaro.

The Kilimanjaro Mountain stands at an elevation of about 5,890 meters above sea level.

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