Thursday, September 13, 2018

Images of Kenya: The Wildlife

Going on safari is a magical experience.  We had the privilege of going several times because we lived so close to Maasai Mara, Kenya's most well-known game preserve.  The savannah is an awe-inspiring place, a habitat with a broad diversity of wildlife that reminds us how masterful and creative our Creator God is.

These animals offer Kenya an economic boost because of the steady stream of tourists that come to see them.  And no wonder!  Going on safari is a once-in-a-lifetime experience (unless you're like us and live so close you can even do day trips - can't complain about that!).

These photos really don't do it justice.  But they offer a glimpse.

And yes, these are all my photos.  I've been asked many times if they are.  Just a regular DSLR camera, up close and personal with the animals.


I think of Aslan every time I see this photo


ubiquitous antelope


Mama zebra and baby


solitary giraffe


these two rhinos are under surveillance 24/7 
by the Kenyan Wildlife Service, 
to ensure they are protected from poachers


the Swahili word for zebra is "punda milia" 
which means "striped donkey"


leopard, one of the more elusive big cats


male ostrich


hippos are surprisingly loud creatures


baby hippo!


gathering around the water hole


hyena


we saw these beauties and Asa 
started staying "twiga"
which is Swahili for giraffe


secretary bird, which we knew all about 
from watching a Wild Kratts episode


pair of lions


cheetah


cheetah siblings recently independent from their mother


Hello, elephant!


a herd of female elephants


baby cape buffalo


silver-backed jackal


mama lion moving her cub 
to a new location


lazy lions


line of giraffes


yes, the safari jeeps really do get that close


mama baboon and baby


baby baboon!


mama rhinoceros and baby, a very rare sight


flamingo


flamingo stretching its wings


These last photos are not from safari.  But they are more examples of Kenya's diverse and incredible wildlife.


chameleon, which we could find easily 
in the yard around our house


starfish at the coast


moray eel in the tide pools at the coast


crab at the beach


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