I got sidetracked in the first blog so this one will be primarily predators and a few other things. I’m many of you have seen the documentary of the bittersweet story of the lioness that adopted an antelope calf. It died, of course, because she couldn’t care for it. She subsequently adopted another. This is a picture of the sign that is at the entrance to the reserve.
The pictures of these two young brothers clearly show how skinny they are. They are not hunting. The belief is that during the period that their mother would have taught them how to hunt was during the drought and carcasses were abundant so not as much hunting was necessary. Their mother had recently left them on their own. The researcher working with lions here has kept in close contact with the ranger. They still appeared to be well so she wasn’t going to interfere at that time. If they did need to intervene, they would have wounded an impala and brought it close to the boys. Obviously, no one wants to have to do that. However, apparently (after we left), their mother reappeared. It was hoped that she will hunt for them and perhaps jump start their instinct to hunt. Stephen kept us up to date until it was time to go our separate ways. His intention is to let us know when he returns, what has happened. But given the dire straits that the large predators are in, they will not let it go. I hope that they don’t have to artificially intervene…
And of course, the leopard in the tree….
As you can see, he wasn’t happy about our presence so we left. We found him a couple of days later. This time he really didn’t seem to care.
It wasn’t until we got to the Mara that I saw cheetahs up close and personal…..One of my wishes for this trip.
We nearly drove past these little dwarf mongoose. They were difficult to photograph because they move so quickly.
I didn’t see nearly as many jackals as I did in Botswana. Of course, that could have been because the grass was quite high. They really are quite small.
And vervet monkeys, of course.
Can’t ignore those warthogs. :-))
I still haven’t done elephants yet, so I’ll add one more.