The lion, the largest of the African carnivores, is also found in Saadani although rarely seen. At night you may hear the hyenas and encounter genets, porcupines and civets. Other species which can be observed within the perimeter of the park are bushbucks, bush pigs, yellow baboons and vervet monkeys. From East to West, the open ocean with coral reefs changes to brackish water ecosystem characterized by mangrove forest, salt pans and bare saline areas as well as the inland running Wami river. The beaches of Saadani are the only place north of Dar es Salaam where sea turtles still come to lay their eggs. Other wildlife found along the river include Nile crocodile, an incredible diversity of bird species including kingfishers and large groups of hippo to name a few.