Samburu is a National Reserve. The weather was much warmer although the nights were still a bit chilly. These little dik-diks were common. It’s hard to believe this is an antelope species because it is so small. As you can see, they blend in well with their environment.
Then there’s the gerenuk. I have seen pictures of these guys but I never imagined that I would be taking my own.
The oryx and their amazingly long horns is a large antelope that I haven’t seen before.
Then there are the ubiquitous impala. A ram and his little herd.
The other creature I was looking forward to seeing was the Grevy’s zebra. We also spent a day with a researcher who is focused on increasing their numbers. There are only pockets of Grevy’s zebra left in the entire continent of Africa. Obviously a highly endangered species.
The reticulated giraffe is truly a beautiful animal.
When you consider how tall a giraffe is and then see it in its landscape, you can easily feel the great expanse of Africa. It is critical that the people of Africa can find a way to preserve these great expanses that hold such a diversity of life as they enter the industrialized world. Such is the work of AWF.
Until I arrived in Kenya I didn’t know this ostrich existed. This is the Somali ostrich which I’ve mentioned before. I can’t get over how blue they are.
Now that I’m on the subject of birds, check out this martial eagle. Does he look perpetually pissed off???
A few images of other birds..
blue naped mousebird
vulturine guinea fowl
secretary bird with ‘quills’ blowing in the wind. I was so excited to see so many of them.
tawny eagle with a meal
lilac breasted roller (my favorite, obviously)
A francolin, I think
I think this is an African Pygmy falcon!
yellow and red billed hornbills
I didn’t intend to get distracted by birds so the rest is going in a second blog.