They say a picture is worth a thousand words. But even a thousand pictures cannot adequately capture the grandeur and magnificence of Tanzania. Though it is impossible to fully convey the extraordinary experience of visiting Tanzania, I know that if I don’t try I will dishonor the wonder of that journey. So, let’s step into this land which cries out for limitless adjectives. First, the wildlife.
“Mom, I think someone’s taking our picture.”
Black Faced Monkey
Jackal amongst the Zebra
Caracal. It is very rare to spot one of these beautiful cats. They are the typically nocturnal and rarely observed. They are territorial and live mainly alone or in pairs. The caracal is a carnivore that typically preys upon small mammals, birds and rodents. It can leap higher than 3 m (9.8 ft) and catch birds in mid-air.
Rhinoceros. This photo was taken at a distance of nearly a mile away. We never saw the Rhinos up close. During the last half of the 20th century, their numbers were severely reduced from an estimated 70,000 in the late 1960s to a record low of 2,410 in 1995. Since then, numbers have been steadily increasing at a continental level with numbers doubling to 4,880 by the end of 2010. Current numbers are however still 90% lower than three generations ago.
Rock Agama (thanks Kate for the ID)
Secretary Bird. See Ambrose, I WAS listening.
Topi. A type of antelope
Warthogs. At the zoo, I always thought warthogs were just smelly and ugly. But having seen them in the wild, they have quite a lot of character and we enjoyed spotting them with their tails sticking straight up as they pranced through the grass.
Lioness giving chase to a Warthog. I’m happy to say she did not make the kill. Apparently, she was just stretching her legs, because she could easily have caught her prey, but her heart was not in the chase. I was glad to not witness the kill.