Tanzania is noted for both the sheer number of wildlife available throughout the country and for the variety on offer. There are more than four million wild animals in Tanzania representing 430 different species and subspecies. The country houses some 20% of Africa’s large mammal population. Zebras, giraffes, elephants, wildebeest, buffaloes, hippos, antelopes and gazelles are common animals.
Two of the most popular areas to visit in Tanzania are Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Serengeti National Park is the oldest national park in Tanzania and covers 14,763 square kilometres (5,700 square miles).
Ngorongoro Conservation Area houses a deep, volcanic crater, the largest un-flooded and unbroken caldera in the world. It became a Man and Biosphere Reserve in 1971 and was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979.
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