There is a nice article at TheAtlantic.com today called Mountain Gorillas at Home. My gorilla photography pales before it so I will spare you of anything more than a link, below, but the area around the gorillas is interesting in its own right. Here are a couple of shots of where the Uganda gorillas live (there are also gorillas in Rwanda and Congo). This is a place called the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.
Strictly speaking, it’s not quite impenetrable. There is this road through it:
Adjoining the forest are heavily farmed, terraced fields. The hills are really steep, as you can see here:
We visited the gorillas in the Virunga Mountains in Rwanda, farther down the road (See the Mountain Gorillas Gallery at EarthPhotos.com). Here are a few things I wrote at the time, when CS&W was on Typepad. I guess they ought to still work: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8.
And while we’re here, apropos to nothing except that I just ran across this photo, and it’s also from Uganda, here is the only galloping hippo I have ever seen:
Click ’em all to enlarge them. And have a look at more in the Uganda Gallery and the Rwanda Gallery at EarthPhotos.com.
Mara North Conservancy, Kenya. Click the photo to enjoy it a lot more.
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.
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.
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.
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.