Masai Mara: Your Photo Safari Part Two
After a Gourmet Lunch on the Mara
After a gourmet lunch at our tented camp, we continue our safari and find that the carnivores have been enjoying their lunch as well. Although it may seem gruesome, it is part of the natural ebb and flow of the Mara. The predators need to eat and the large herds of zebra, gazelle and wildebeest need to be culled. Female lions do most of the hunting for the pride and hunt mostly at night. A single meal may consist of 30 kilos or 66 pounds of meat.
Spotted Heyenas Have Some of the Strongest Teeth and Jaws of the Animal Kingdom
To your right are some spotted hyenas. Spotted hyenas are aggressive animals that fight in large packs. They are willing to take on a lion if their numbers are large enough. They are effective predators. Their jaws and teeth are some of the strongest in the animal kingdom. They will even crunch up the bones of their prey. Spotted hyenas live in a matriarchal society and often stay with the same group for many generations. These hyenas make noises akin to barking or laughing and have been dubbed "laughing hyenas".
We have just come upon a Cheetah. Please Enjoy Watching its Speed and Agility
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Cheetah are able to accelerate to around 70 miles an hour in just 3 seconds. This is an incredible burst of speed. They generally hide in the tall grass and pick a place where they will be able to spot their prey. Cheetah do not scavenge which makes the hunt an integral part of their daily routine. Usually they hunt in the early morning and in the evening. You were lucky to see the Cheetah today. In 2005 it was estimated that there were less than 50 in the Mara Reserve.
The vultures in Masai Mara play a significant roll in the control of the eco-system, particularly at the time of the great wildebeest migration. They clean up the thousands of carcasses that would otherwise be left to rot on the plains, leading to an increase in disease. You probably wouldn't want to come on our safari, because of the stench of rotting carcasses. The number of vultures has been decreasing dramatically, due in large part from the use of a poison used to kill predators that are attacking livestock.
The Black-Backed Jackal is an Omnivore
The black-backed or silver-backed jackal is an omnivore that hunts for small mammals as well as eating rodents, insects and fruits. He is a scavenger and is happy to eat what is available. Generally they live in pairs for life but will hunt together in packs to pull down animals like a small gazelle. The jackal will also attack livestock such as sheep or goats and has been known to eat poisonous snakes.
Moving Across the Open Plains we Spot an Old Cape Buffalo
The cape buffalo is massive in size and may be quite aggressive. Particularly dangerous are solitary bulls or mother's guarding their calves. The cape buffalo are prized by trophy hunters who may spend $10,000 for the opportunity to hunt one. Cape buffalo like to stay in an area that is near water and forest with open plains for grazing. They are generally accompanied by bird friends such as oxpeckers or cattle egrets that eat ticks and bugs off of their backs.
It is becoming dusk as We and the Animals head home for the Evening
Thank you for joining me on safari to the Masai Mara. I hope that you have enjoyed the trip. I would be happy to hear any comments that you would like to share and will be happy to get back to you. Lenzy
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