PhotoPOSTcard: Sometimes It Can Be Really Hard to Get A Drink

This herd of zebras desperately wanted a drink and would carefully approach the bank of this pond and stick their noses in the water. Then, just as soon as they started to drink, the hippo would pop his head out and startle the zebras back up the bank. This happened over and over as we watched the scene for about 15 minutes. It was almost as if the hippo was doing it on purpose, and playing a game with the zebras.

My trip to the Enonkishu Conservancy in Kenya was hosted by Biosphere Expeditions. All Content is my own.

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Rose

PhotoPOSTcard: A Pride Full of Love

We ended our game drive day in the Olchorro Conservancy in Kenya’s Maasai Mara area on a high note with a sighting of a lion family unit that consisted of two sisters and their two month old cubs. We watched them for almost an hour, and it was fascinating to see how affectionate the lionesses were with each other and with all the babies. There was no distinction between mine and yours – all three cubs nursed with each mother, and each cub went back and forth between the sisters looking for affection and food, all of which was freely given by each mom.

My visit to the Enonkishu Conservancy in Kenya was hosted by Biosphere Expeditions. All content is my own.

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Rose 

PhotoPOSTcard: Just One Big Putty Tat

Even the king of beasts has to scratch an itch sometimes.

On a game drive through the Olchoro and Lemek Conservancies in Kenya’s Mara ecosystem, I was fortunate to observe a large pride of lions just hanging out in the shade, sleeping, and basically, acting like cats.

My trip to the Enonkishu Conservancy was hosted by Biospheres Expeditions. All content is my own.

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Rose

PhotoPOSTcard: In the Enonkishu Conservancy

The Enonkishu Conservancy in the greater Mara ecosystem in Kenya, has successfully transformed a landscape that was overgrazed by cattle, into a green haven that now supports a large number of native wildlife, while still satisfying the land needs of the local Maasai cattle owners. It’s quite an impressive achievement.

My trip to the Enonkishu Conservancy in Kenya was hosted by Biosphere Expeditions. All content is my own.

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Rose

PhotoPOSTcard: A Visit to the Ololaimutia School

Our Africa tour company (Africa Adventure Company) recommended that we bring some basic school supplies to give to one of the local schools. When we first arrived at the Ololaimutia Primary School near the Masai Mara Reserve, the boys that met us were a little reserved in their greeting. But they quickly lost their shyness once I started handing out some of the pens I had brought. It was amazing – and humbling – how eagerly they accepted such a small and trivial item as a pen, mumbling a quick thank you as they quickly grabbed hold of it. I never expected that the few dollars I spent on packets of pens at Costco would have such a large impact.

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Rose

PhotoPOSTcard: A Traditional Maasai Dance

Our tour in Kenya’s Masai Mara Reserve included a visit to a typical Maasai village. Since the Maasai live in the areas around some of the most visited parks and reserves in Kenya and Tanzania, they are one of the best known tribes in East Africa. Our visit started with a traditional Maasai dance demonstration by the young men of the village. During one portion of the dance, one or two men would move forward and jump straight up in the air as high as they could, while the rest of the men continued their chanting. We later learned that the purpose of this jumping dance was to demonstrate their ability as a warrior and attract a bride. As the adult men danced and jumped, one of the village’s small boys joined the demonstration, attempting to mimic the movements of his older role models.

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Rose

 

This is Africa: On Safari in the Maasai Mara Reserve – An Experience of Many Firsts

Our first trip to Africa started with a safari in the Maasai Mara Reserve in Kenya. The game drives in this vast landscape provided the first views of many of the classic African animals we were hoping to see, along with many other memorable experiences. Continue reading “This is Africa: On Safari in the Maasai Mara Reserve – An Experience of Many Firsts”

PhotoPOSTcard: Looking Out For Each Others Back

We saw many zebras during our game drives, and often, two of them would be standing nose to tail. We learned that they do this so that they have a full 360 degree view for any potential approaching predators. They are literally watching each others back.

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Rose

PhotoPOSTcard: A Symbiotic Relationship

The African cape buffalo and the yellow billed oxpecker form a symbiotic relationship. The oxpecker eats the tics and other insects that are attracted to this large wild bovine. The birds will also eat out the diseased portion of a wound on the buffalo, allowing it to heal. In addition, the oxpecker will start to hiss when it becomes alarmed, which alerts its host of potential danger. Not that this huge herd beast has many natural predators other than humans. With its big horns and unpredictable nature, it is a dangerous animal and can hold its own against Africa’s big predators. It takes a whole pride of lions to try and bring down one animal.

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Rose