We are, but spectators in the game of nature, on the African Plains, the great Serengeti. We see, we hear, but we cannot tell. We communicate with nature through our own actions, our interactions, as we see, touch and feel our way through nature. We cannot tell. We see the herds of wildebeest feeding on…

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Birthing Miracles – Part One: The Wildebeest

Witnessing a Miracle In the midst of a very large herd of wildebeest, I’d just told my driver that it’s been eight years since I’d been back and forth to Tanzania and I hadn’t yet seen a live birth.  Find me one, please, I pleaded like a kid in a candy store.  As if on…

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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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Life is Not Easy on the Serengeti, Part Two

Lions early in the morning, Serengeti, African Safari

Last week I featured the migration of the Wildebeest and their tragedies on the Serengeti.  During our 6:00am intimate breakfast by the lake, we didn’t have a clue as to what we were to witness next. 8am – Lion in Wait By 8:00am, reluctantly, we move beyond the lake onto the almost treeless vast plains of…

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Life is Not Easy on the Serengeti, Part One


6:00 a.m. Against All Odds On this beautiful and serene morning, waking at the crack of dawn, my driver and I had decided that our group would have an intimate breakfast in the bush as an introduction to the Serengeti.  This is the time animals are engaged, active in the brisk morning coolness before the…

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