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Life is Not Easy on the Serengeti, Part Three

PIT STOP – LEOPARDS Having had a morning filled with drama, first with the Wildebeest and then the Lions, we were ready to head back to camp in time for lunch.  It was beginning to get hot. Animals are not too active when it’s hot, just as humans will take naps during the heat of…

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The Little Five

Who are the Little Five? By now you know who and what the Big Five are.  Now you’re really going to impress people with your knowledge and expertise.  You’re going to be able to tell them what the Little Five are.  Even of the most seasoned travelers, not too many people can cite these, many…

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Who are the Big Five?

The Big Five Have you ever heard anyone refer to the Big Five?  If you mention Africa, you’ll no doubt know about the Big Five, but even those who travel to Africa often have no idea who or what the Big Five really are.  Invariably, they will name animals, sightings, or sites, which are not part…

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Who Let the Dogs Out? Introduction

African Wild Dogs Did you know that there are several countries in Africa where you can see Wild Dog.  Often referred to as African Dog, Wild Dog, and Painted Dog, they all symbolize the same carnivore, the African Wild Dog. After more than thirty trips to Africa, I was beginning to wonder if I’d ever…

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Birthing Miracles, Part 3: Lions in the Midst

Waiting for the right moment to strike This scene unfolds in Botswana. A female impala appears to be scouting out the right spot in which to give birth, still in plain sight on the savannah that lies in the Okavango Delta. A lion is peering out from behind the bush, invisible to some, clearly visible…

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Birthing Miracles, Part 2: The Topi

In awe of the harmony; yet danger lurks As we drive along the jagged and bumpy road that is the Maasai Mara in Kenya, gazing over the plains and commenting at the variation between terrains, hearing drops of rain on the bonnet of the vehicle, the sun barely shining through the clouds, we are in…

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The Elephant in the Room

After spending at least an hour with the leopard, it is almost 2:00 p.m.  This time we start heading back, for sure.  Before you know it, it will be dinner-time and we’re still out in the bush, spotting wildlife.  Eventually, we have to just drive by most of it – to only hope we can…

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Pit Stop – Leopards

leopard napping in a tree

Having had a morning filled with drama (see links below), we were ready to head back to camp in time for lunch. It was beginning to get hot. Animals are not too active when it’s hot. Just as humans will take naps during the heat of the day, so will animals. We were about 45…

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Life is Not Easy on the Serengeti, Part Seven: What's a Cheetah to Do?

Previous Episodes: Part One – Wildebeest Migration Part Two – Lion in Wait Part Three – Cheetah Part Four – Cheetah Part Five – Wildebeest/Cheetah Part Six – Jaws of Death Noon We’ve decided to move on to see what we can spot on the plains of the Serengeti.  Having spent the better part of our morning engrossed and entranced…

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Life is Not Easy on the Serengeti, Part Six: Jaws of Death

JAWS OF DEATH 11:30 am Regrouped, and re-invigorated now after their unsuccessful attempt at thwarting the young wildebeest into their powerful jaws.  Seemingly, the cheetah’s boundless energy is now re-focused on a young wildebeest trotting along with its mother, apart from the safety of the larger herd.  Their eyes dart first to the approaching herd,…

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