PhotoPOSTcard: A Living Dinosaur

Is there anything more prehistoric looking than a Nile Crocodile?  This big guy was sunning himself on the banks of the Mara River just below our camp in the Enonkishu Conservancy. Fortunately, there was a 15 foot straight drop between us and the croc so I had no worries about becoming his dinner. I could just admire him from afar – which is exactly how I liked it.

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

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Rose

 

PhotoPOSTcard: How to Feed a Baby Zebra

This little zebra eagerly nursed while its mother stood patiently by, waiting for her baby to get its fill – much like my little grandson back home.

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

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Rose

PhotoPOSTcard: My Name is Thomson

Of all the antelope species grazing in the Maasai Mara grasslands, the Thomson’s gazelles (or Tommies) are the easiest to spot because of the black stripe on each side. They are very prolific, yet I never tired of seeing them. With the stripe that almost looks like a lopsided smile and their bouncy gait when they run, they seemed like such a happy looking animal that always made me smile. Tommies can run up to 50-55 miles per hour-they have to be fast to try and stay ahead of a cheetah, their primary predator.

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

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Rose

PhotoPOSTcard: I Love You Mom

One of the things I loved about my recent trip to the Enonkishu Conservancy in the Maasai Mara area of Kenya was the opportunity to observe animals socializing in their natural habitat. I was especially surprised by the affection I observed between mates of various species and between the mothers and their young.

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

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Rose

PhotoPOSTcard: The Circle of Life

In Kenya’s Mara ecosystem, a baby Thomson’s gazelle gives up its life to extend the life of a black-backed jackal. The jackal is part of the same animal family that also contains wolves, coyotes and dogs. It is a monogamous species whose pups stay with the family to help raise the next generations.

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

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Rose

PhotoPOSTcard: Hyena in the Mara

Hyenas tend to get a bad rap, but personally, I think they are rather cute. Hyenas prefer to be nocturnal hunters, so it was quite special seeing this one early in the morning in the Olchorro Conservancy which is part of the Maasai Mara ecosystem. The Olchorro Conservancy is one of a number of land conservancies that border the Maasai Mara Reserve and help protect the natural Mara landscape for the wild animals we all love to see.

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

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Rose

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.

Thanks for visiting.

Rose