The tenuous footprint of the world’s remaining elephants:
The 350,000 savanna elephants in Africa, with an average body weight of 2,800 kg, have an aggregate zoomass of less than one million metric tons, less than 0.2 percent of cattle zoomass.
Mara North Conservancy, Kenya. Click the photo to enjoy it a lot more.
Leopard, Mara North Conservancy, Kenya. Click to enlarge.
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.
Here is a sequence of a cheetah stalking, catching and killing a gazelle from our recent visit to the Mara North Conservancy in Kenya:
First she spies an animal that bears scrutiny. She gets low to the ground.
It doesn’t take long to draw a crowd, which is keeping a respectful distance.
And the chase is on. It’s going to be the guy with the antlers.
Closing the gap.
This will just about do it.
And it’s lunchtime for the cheetah and her two young male cubs.
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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