Posts tagged wildlife

Curious what it is like to track these elusive #big cats on #safari? Check more photos: Tracking Leopards: What a Difference a Ranger Makes.

Curious what it is like to track these elusive #big cats on #safari? Check more photos: Tracking Leopards: What a Difference a Ranger Makes.

2 manes and a tail

2 manes and a tail

The male agama lizard looks like a long-tailed Gay Pride parade!

The male agama lizard looks like a long-tailed Gay Pride parade!

Lots more pictures while following a #leopard mom and her cub in the #SabiSands. Tracking Leopards: What a Difference a Ranger Makes

Lots more pictures while following a #leopard mom and her cub in the #SabiSands. Tracking Leopards: What a Difference a Ranger Makes

Ok…shake-off that hangover. Can you find the female agama lizard?

Ok…shake-off that hangover. Can you find the female agama lizard?

I am posting this photo of a 4 month old white rhino in South Africa, who I call Little Shrek, as a tribute to the 4 rhinos massacred in Kenya this week. It is deeply, deeply upsetting to hear about these killings, the worst rhino poaching episode in 25 years. I fear we will lose these incredible creatures. They just cannot reproduce at the rate of human greed.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/11/four-rhinos-killed-kenya_n_5577942.html?&ncid=tweetlnkushpmg00000067

I am posting this photo of a 4 month old white rhino in South Africa, who I call Little Shrek, as a tribute to the 4 rhinos massacred in Kenya this week. It is deeply, deeply upsetting to hear about these killings, the worst rhino poaching episode in 25 years. I fear we will lose these incredible creatures. They just cannot reproduce at the rate of human greed.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/11/four-rhinos-killed-kenya_n_5577942.html?&ncid=tweetlnkushpmg00000067

The Hyena is the second largest carnivore in Africa, after the Lion. (Well, maybe not this little guy.) They are not related to dogs (or cats, as some think), but rather, to the group of animals that includes the meerkat and mongoose. They are very capable of hunting alone and are formidable when in a pack. Interestingly, females produce higher levels of testosterone, making them not only more aggressive, but larger than males. The genitalia of hyenas looks very similar and at one time zoologists considered them to be hermaphrodites. The alpha female is the largest and best fed pup in the clan. (A group of hyenas is also sometimes called a cackle.) Do they really laugh? The nickname “laughing hyena” comes from the “giggling” sound they sometimes make-often when fighting with other hyenas. I have spent many a night in a tent listening to their more common “oooooh-WHUP” sound, which generally signals good news with a kill. That sound travels very well in the night…right into your bones!!

The Hyena is the second largest carnivore in Africa, after the Lion. (Well, maybe not this little guy.) They are not related to dogs (or cats, as some think), but rather, to the group of animals that includes the meerkat and mongoose. They are very capable of hunting alone and are formidable when in a pack. Interestingly, females produce higher levels of testosterone, making them not only more aggressive, but larger than males. The genitalia of hyenas looks very similar and at one time zoologists considered them to be hermaphrodites. The alpha female is the largest and best fed pup in the clan. (A group of hyenas is also sometimes called a cackle.) Do they really laugh? The nickname “laughing hyena” comes from the “giggling” sound they sometimes make-often when fighting with other hyenas. I have spent many a night in a tent listening to their more common “oooooh-WHUP” sound, which generally signals good news with a kill. That sound travels very well in the night…right into your bones!!

Two heads are better than one…

Two heads are better than one…