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Old Jul 15, 2012, 11:29 AM   #1
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On the afternoon game drive on day two we were told we would have a special treat.

On our way across the Maasai Mara we encountered a male Cheetah that had the wounds of a hunt gone badly. The animal seemed to be well on the mend but showed what a hard existence the Cheetah has. Cheetahs are the fastest land animals and can reach a top speed of 70-75MPH. They can’t sustain this speed for a long time as they quickly overheat. They can accelerate from 0 to 64MPH in 3 seconds. Cheetahs have no claws and consequently cannot climb trees. When they kill they must eat quickly as they are not large enough to protect their kill from other predators. Hyenas can smell a kill from a distance of 5 miles.




Cheetah marking his territory.


After a long and bumpy ride across the Mara we came to an escarpment on the Mara’s edge. Our 4X4 vehicles climbed up for some time and then stopped. We all disembarked and hiked a short distance into a field that contained two White Rhinocerous. There were two guards watching over them with rifles drawn. We were allowed to approach on foot (the only time on the whole safari that we were allowed out of the vehicle in the presence of wildlife). I would estimate we were no more than 25’ from the animals. It was an awesome experience. Most of the pictures were with the Tamron 18-250.









Gunthers Dik-Diks are graceful dwarf antelopes about the size of a fox terrier. At maturity they weigh up to 12 pounds and are 14 inches tall at the shoulder.



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Old Jul 15, 2012, 11:34 AM   #2
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Returning to our hotel a couple short stops to photograph the sunset.




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Great series Lou. Don't know if I'll ever brave a trip to Africa, but it would be cool to see the wildlife in their natural habitat instead of in zoos.
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Wow what a series Lou and a great sunset to boot, nice job

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$*&^$* 4 times I wrote a couple of long paragraphs and 4 times I got the 'refresh the page your token timed out' Aaaagh !

Love the Cheetahs and Cape Buffalo !

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Beautiful, Lou. I'll bet you are so glad you made that trip.

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Great series and the first sunset is breathtaking.

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Just absolutely amazing!!!! really enjoyed these. Thanks for sharing them.
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Another fantastic series Lou.

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wow - I gotta go on Safari one of these days
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