Reporting Date: 5th February 2012
Hippos on the “beach” .
Hippos have an advantage over the other wild animals in that they do sometimes enjoy “beach” life. Their ''beaches'' are in the form of sandy banks or small islands in the middle of the rivers. On a morning game drive along the mara river, we watched a group of Hippos get out to sunbath on a sandy bank. One by one they followed each other out of the water slowly until the “beach” became too small for the nearly a hundred animals. As their skin is too sensitive to the sun, they cannot stay out in the ''beach'' for longer periods without heading back into the waters to cool down.
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Reporting Date: 3rd February 2012
The Lamai pride holds an area of about ten square miles in the extreme north of the Serengeti. In this place there are some scattered trees in the vast grasslands known as ''Desert dates'' which they like resting under during the strong heat of the day. It is below one of this trees that ranger Godson and his guests found them during their full-day game drive . The pride which consists of two mature males with several females and older cubs do sometimes break up and patrol their territories in smaller groups or individually then come together for a hunting mission.
Reporting Date: 1st January 2012
The “thinking” Cheetah.
We were settling down for lunch while on a full day game drive on the Lamai plains overlooking the Masai mara when from a distance of about 200 meters emerged a lone cheetah from the back of a dead tree. The heat of the day was very strong and the cheetah was panting and looking around as if in a ‘’thinking’’ mood. We then left our lunch for a while and drove towards the cheetah for a closer look before he disappeared. He did not care about our presence but continued to look around then crossed the border into the Masai Mara grasslands.
Reporting Date: 26th January 2012
Elephants “ invades” camp.
It was at about 9 am when a group of elephants decided that it was long since they paid the camp a visit. They were about 100 animals all together which included males, females with calves of various ages. They were not in a hurry as they peacefully grazed on the grass and shrubs near the tents whereby ever so often they would stop to listen and study their surroundings then continue walking slowly. The early morning sun made everybody in camp to have a good view of these mega-herbivores. Later after about half an hour, they were rallied by the matriarch to move on but left a promise to come back.
Reporting Date: 23rd January 2012
Very rarely would people come across a mother hyena in the open field suckling her off-springs as it happens with the cats. But on this day, ranger Godson and his guests were attracted to this hyena mother suckling her two babies which were about six months old. The two babies were enjoying the mother’s milk in the heat of the day in the grass as she lay down on her side. Hyenas milk is very nutritious and is the cause of the development of the strong jaw- bones that they have. When young, they have prominent spots on their bodies which disappear as they grow older.
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