Friday Photo

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Leopard, Mara North Conservancy, Kenya. Click to enlarge.

Friday Photo – Cheetah Up Close

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Cheetah resting at midday, Mara North Conservancy, Kenya, December, 2016. Click the photo to enlarge, and see more from Kenya in the Kenya Gallery, and more animals in the Animals and Wildlife Gallery at EarthPhotos.com.

Lunchtime for Cheetahs

Here is a sequence of a cheetah stalking, catching and killing a gazelle from our recent visit to the Mara North Conservancy in Kenya:

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First she spies an animal that bears scrutiny. She gets low to the ground.

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It doesn’t take long to draw a crowd, which is keeping a respectful distance.

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And the chase is on. It’s going to be the guy with the antlers.

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Closing the gap.

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This will just about do it.

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And it’s lunchtime for the cheetah and her two young male cubs.

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Celebrity Rhinos

Here is Queen Elizabeth, a rhino at the ol chorro rhino sanctuary, North Mara Conservancy, Kenya. They set up the sanctuary in 2008 in hopes of mating a pair of rhinos. At the time Kenya had just come through an election that resulted in violence, and former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan was called in to mediate. Hence the names of the rhinos, Kofi Annan and Queen Elizabeth. Kofi Annan – the rhino – is not yet old enough to mate.

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Click the photo to enlarge.

Suspected Impostor

A very suspect Masaai cattle herder spotted a week or so back, in Kenya.

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For the Benefit of Elephants

It was an honor and a privilege to meet Cynthia Moss, Director of the Amboseli Trust for Elephants and author of Portraits in the Wild: Animal Behavior in East Africa and Elephant Memories: Thirteen Years in the Life of an Elephant Family, among others, at her research facility in Amboseli last week. She does fine work.
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Leopard in the Wild

It was a thrill to get this close to a leopard in the bush last week in the Mara North Conservancy, Kenya. Thanks to everybody at the excellent Kicheche Camp. Click the photo to make it much bigger.

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A Day with Leopards

We had the chance to spend a few hours with leopards the other day with our fine guide George Nampaso at the Kicheche Camp in the Mara North Conservancy, Kenya. It was our great fortune to find a mating pair. It seems that after mating a female leopard will give birth in about three months, then stay with the cubs for about a year, until they are old enough to go off on their own. She won’t mate again until the cubs have left, so that this is a once-every-fifteen-months event.

It was a thrill and a privilege. Here are some photos of them that day.

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Cats

Big cats on the Mara North Conservancy, Kenya, December 2016: Serval, leopards, baby lion, hippo kill and cheetah family with a fresh gazelle kill. The leopard pair are mating.

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Sunsets

A couple of days back with faster internet. Here are a few sunrises and sunsets in the Mara North Conservancy, December, 2016. Eland, wildebeest, cheetah.

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