Kenya’s biggest tourism draw is the diversity of its wonderful animal wildlife. On my recent volunteer citizen science trip with Biosphere Expeditions, I spent twelve days working at the Enonkishu Conservancy in the Mara area of Kenya, helping to collect data about the biodiversity in this new conservancy land (you can read my detailed post about my experience here). Looking at the abundance of green grass and the many species of ungulates that were taking advantage of it, it was hard to believe that only a few years ago this land was barren and overgrazed by cattle. I am sharing some of my favorite photos that I was privileged to take to inspire you to visit the Enonkishu Conservancy.
Impala in the early morning fog.
How to eat low shrubs when your legs are longer than your neck.
Green grass for breakfast.
Mother nuzzles her baby giraffe.
Mom zebra patiently standing by while baby zebra is nursing.
An eland resting in the morning sun.
A study in contrasts
African warthogs nuzzling as they greet each other in the rain.
A baby giraffe has to contort its neck to nurse
Impalas have the most beautiful horns
Male zebra gets a drink at the water hole while his harem looks on.
I would kill for these eyelashes.
A blast from the prehistoric past – a Nile crocodile sunning on the bank of the Mara River.
A topi resting in the afternoon sun
And Baby makes three
Did you know every zebra has 85 stripes?
Mama wildebeest and her very young baby
The resident hippo at the waterhole occasionally stuck his snout out of the water
Following the leader
A resident hyena is not bothered by our presence
The somewhat odd looking water buffalo
Mara River reflection
The road less traveled in Enonkishu
Sunset at the Mara Training Center
The stars at night are big and bright in the Mara
If a volunteer holiday is not your style, you can stay at the luxurious House in the Wild in the heart of the Enonkishu Conservancy for a unique lodge and game drive experience. Or, why not do both.
The Biosphere Expeditions Kenya program can be found at www.biosphere-expeditions.org/kenya.
Please note that I was a guest of Biosphere Expeditions on my trip to Kenya. All content is my own.
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