Sibiloi National Park

National Park – 1,570 sq km – Managed by Kenya Wildlife Services

Sibiloi National Park is one of the worlds greatest treasures, where the proof of mans origins was found. It was originally established by the Museum of Kenya to protect unique prehistoric and archaeological sites.

In the 1960s Dr. Richard Leakey led an expedition to this remote area near Kenyas border with Ethiopia, and discovered some of the earliest hominid traces ever at Koobi Fora now credited as some of the most important paleontological finds of the 20th century.

In the 1960s and 1970s over 160 fossil remains of early man including Homo Habilis and Homo Erectus were discovered, placing mans origins to three million years. Over 4,000 fossil specimens of mammal and stone age artefacts have been discovered here.

The locations of the most important finds can be visited. Four particular treasures are: the shell of a giant tortoise dating back 3 million years, a set of jaws over 5ft. long from a crocodile believed to have been over 45ft. in length and the extinct Behemoth, forebear of the elephant with massive tusks, both dating back 1.5 million years and the hominid (early man) finds.

Game includes the rare Striped Hyena, leopard, lion, cheetah, hippo, plains and Grevys Zebra, topi, oryx, Lesser Kudu and Grants Gazelle.

Enquiries and applications for permission to visit this park should be addressed to the warden.

Source:http://www.tourism.go.ke/

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