Wildlife, Tanzania 2012  On our Kilimanjaro climb trip we   spent a day in the Ngorongoro Crater where wildlife is abundant.
Zebra - Equus quaggaEach individual has a unique stripe pattern.
Golden Jackal, canis aureusGreat sequence later in the show of a jackal  chasing a newborn Thompson’s gazelle.
Cape Buffalo, syncerus caffer        One big animal!
Cape Buffalo
Wildebeest, connochaetes taurinusTens of thousands of these curious creatures in                 the crater.
Wildebeest with newbornThis youngster is probably only a week or two old.We saw adult females with placenta still attached...
Warthog, Phacochoerus africanusFunny looking, but nobody messes with them except maybe a very hungry lion. They tolerate t...
Thompson’s Gazelle, eudorcas thomsonii     Lots of very young babies like this one.
Weaver nests
Black Stork, ciconia nigra
Ostrich, struthio camelus         Big Bird
Kori Bustard, ardeotis kori      Love the name!
Black Kite, milvus migrans   Lots of them around the lunch spot. Not safe to eatchicken in the open. A friend had a piece ...
Grey Crowned Crane, balearica regulorum         National bird of Uganda
Grant’s Gazelle, nanger granti   Larger than the Tompson’s.
Black Rhinoceros, diceros bicornis Battleship of the savanna. Endangered becausepeople in Asia believe that the ground up ...
Spotted Hyena, crocuta crocuta
African Elephant, loxodonta africana  Males tend to hang out in the crater while thefamilies stick to the crater rim. (few...
Hippopotamus, hippopotamus amphibius
You can just drivearound me.
Lion, panthera leoA gorgeous female probably not more than 15’ from our                      vehicle.
Baboon, papio anubis  Do not feed them!
Lion LoveWhen the female is in heat a lion couple may mate as many as 20 times. Better safe than sorry.
Predator/Prey•   We were privileged to get to see a Jackal attempting to take a baby (1                     to 2 week old)...
Young Thompson’s GazelleSeparated from its mother, the baby was              vulnerable.
The Jackal approches
The chase is onAs soon as the jackal began to chase the baby gazelle, who wasamazingly fast, the mother gazelle ran at the...
The jackal catches the babyBut because the mother gazelle is in close pursuit the jackal can’t stop to finish the kill. Th...
Jackal trying to scare Mom off.
Now several adult gazelles get involved.
They will just NOT leave me alone!
OK OK, uncle, I give up, leave me alone.
The End  We had an amazing day in Ngorongoro Crater. Such abeautiful lush environment where dozens of species live in a ba...
Wildlife Ngorongoro Crater
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  1. 1. Wildlife, Tanzania 2012 On our Kilimanjaro climb trip we spent a day in the Ngorongoro Crater where wildlife is abundant.
  2. 2. Zebra - Equus quaggaEach individual has a unique stripe pattern.
  3. 3. Golden Jackal, canis aureusGreat sequence later in the show of a jackal chasing a newborn Thompson’s gazelle.
  4. 4. Cape Buffalo, syncerus caffer One big animal!
  5. 5. Cape Buffalo
  6. 6. Wildebeest, connochaetes taurinusTens of thousands of these curious creatures in the crater.
  7. 7. Wildebeest with newbornThis youngster is probably only a week or two old.We saw adult females with placenta still attachedand babies with the umbilical chord still attached.
  8. 8. Warthog, Phacochoerus africanusFunny looking, but nobody messes with them except maybe a very hungry lion. They tolerate the birds as they eat bugs and ticks.
  9. 9. Thompson’s Gazelle, eudorcas thomsonii Lots of very young babies like this one.
  10. 10. Weaver nests
  11. 11. Black Stork, ciconia nigra
  12. 12. Ostrich, struthio camelus Big Bird
  13. 13. Kori Bustard, ardeotis kori Love the name!
  14. 14. Black Kite, milvus migrans Lots of them around the lunch spot. Not safe to eatchicken in the open. A friend had a piece of chicken taken out of her hand halfway to her mouth by a kite.
  15. 15. Grey Crowned Crane, balearica regulorum National bird of Uganda
  16. 16. Grant’s Gazelle, nanger granti Larger than the Tompson’s.
  17. 17. Black Rhinoceros, diceros bicornis Battleship of the savanna. Endangered becausepeople in Asia believe that the ground up horn of the Black Rhino is an aphrodisiac.
  18. 18. Spotted Hyena, crocuta crocuta
  19. 19. African Elephant, loxodonta africana Males tend to hang out in the crater while thefamilies stick to the crater rim. (fewer predators)
  20. 20. Hippopotamus, hippopotamus amphibius
  21. 21. You can just drivearound me.
  22. 22. Lion, panthera leoA gorgeous female probably not more than 15’ from our vehicle.
  23. 23. Baboon, papio anubis Do not feed them!
  24. 24. Lion LoveWhen the female is in heat a lion couple may mate as many as 20 times. Better safe than sorry.
  25. 25. Predator/Prey• We were privileged to get to see a Jackal attempting to take a baby (1 to 2 week old) Thompson’s Gazelle. • What followed was one of the most remarkable scenes.
  26. 26. Young Thompson’s GazelleSeparated from its mother, the baby was vulnerable.
  27. 27. The Jackal approches
  28. 28. The chase is onAs soon as the jackal began to chase the baby gazelle, who wasamazingly fast, the mother gazelle ran at the jackal, trying to distract and/or slow it down.
  29. 29. The jackal catches the babyBut because the mother gazelle is in close pursuit the jackal can’t stop to finish the kill. The baby dropped to the ground and the jackal overran it.
  30. 30. Jackal trying to scare Mom off.
  31. 31. Now several adult gazelles get involved.
  32. 32. They will just NOT leave me alone!
  33. 33. OK OK, uncle, I give up, leave me alone.
  34. 34. The End We had an amazing day in Ngorongoro Crater. Such abeautiful lush environment where dozens of species live in a balanced system of predators and prey drawn to the crater by the abundant water, good grazing, and protected environment.

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