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African Wildlife

Masai Mara, Kenya - Oct. 2008

  • While in Kenya, I was able to not only go on safari for three days, but we also got to witness one of the most spectacular sights in the animal world. The great wildebeest migration crossing the Mara River.
  • The Migration

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    The herds of wildebeest & zebras gather on the bank of the Mara River.

    All it takes is one individual to summon up the courage to go first, the rest follow.

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    Soon, vast numbers of animals pile into the water.

    Doing their best to make it across safely.

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    A jumping wildebeest.

    A vulture lands on a wildebeest carcass.

    The Unlucky Ones

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    Several months earlier, a large group of wildebeest did not survive a river crossing.Many of the bodies washed up downstream.

    About 500 skeletons line the river bank.

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    Crossing the river is a dangerous, but necessary part of the migration.

    Wildebeest skull.

    Crocodiles

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    A crocodile lunges near a wildebeest carcass.

    Crocs line the shore.

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    During the migration, the crocodiles are well fed.

    Crocodiles sunning themselves.

    Lions

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    A lioness with a fresh zebra kill.

    It is shared with the pride but each must take their turn.

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    Very sharp teeth.

    The pride eats today.

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    The "Boys Club", a group of 5 males.

    Lion around.

    Vultures

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    One vulture sits alone in a tree, looking for a meal.

    Dozens of vultures descend on a dead impala, Their heads soaked in blood.

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    A larger vulture appears and the others scatter.

    The sharp beaks are perfect for ripping flesh and skin.

    Baboons

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    A troop of baboons.

    Baboons are ground dwellers and omnivorous.

    Black Rhinos

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    Rare black rhinos

    Only about 3600 black rhinos are known to be left in existence.

    Buffalo

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    Cape buffalo are known to be very aggressive and several people are killed by them every year.

    Buffalo are sometimes referred to a "Black Death" due to their reputation for attacking humans.

    Chameleon

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    A well camouflaged chameleon.

    It is incredible to watch them change colour instantly.

    Cheetah

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    The fastest land animal on Earth, they can sprint up to 70-75 mph.

    They are also very effective predators.

    African Elephants

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    A group of elephants grazing.

    Males can be up to 12 feet tall.

    Flamingos

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    Millions of flamingos line the lakeshore. What a sight to behold.

    The huge flock resembles a sea of pink.

    Giraffe

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    A group of giraffe are easy to spot in the distance.

    Believe it or not... A giraffe has the same number of vertebrae in its neck as a human.

    Hippos

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    Hippos are considered to be one of the most dangerous animals in Africa.

    Very territorial, some say that they are responsible for more human deaths than crocodiles.

    Hyenas

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    Two hyenas, looking for an easy meal.

    I think they're trying to bite off more than they can chew.

    Jackals

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    A jackal in the grass.

    Two jackals on the prowl.

    Topi

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    Topi always like to be high up to watch for predators.

    They are easy to spot on the savanna.

    Warthogs

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    A warthog running through the grass.

    Related to pigs, they have sets of very large tusks.

    White Rhinos

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    These rhinos are protected in the national park. Poachers have always valued their horns.

    A white rhino can weigh in at up to 7000 pounds.

    A Day With The Masai People

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    Benson, my Masai guide.

    As we enter the village, the women greet us with a song.

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    The men dance by jumping high in the air. I just had to join in.

    A Masai boy watches from the sidelines.

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    We were welcome guests in the village.

    They even taught me how to make fire in the traditional way, with two sticks.