Meru is a savannah national park, 35 km east of Maua town in the northeastern lowlands below the Nyambeni hills. Straddling the equator and bisected by 13 rivers and numerous mountain-fed streams, it is an especially scenic area of Kenya.
Joy and George Adamson released lioness Elsa (of the Born Free fame) back into the wild at Meru, and conducted studies of orphaned cheetahs here. The neighboring Kora National Park was the former home of naturalist George Adamson. The wild habitat found in this park include Gravy’s Zebra, Elephants, Eland, Bush Pig, Waterbuck, Cheetah, Leopard, Reticulated Giraffe, Hippopotamus, amidst more than 300 recorded species of birds.