SAFARI: Majestic Elephants In Tarangire

Elephant Cluster On A Hot Day
Elephant Cluster On A Hot Day and Baby Sleeping Under Mom

Tanzania is a nation of 40% national park, all of whom contain some elephants, but the Tarangire National Park is home to the majority of them, some 5000 elephants, 1000 of whom have been photo Id’d by the park service. On a warm and dry sunny day, we watched this group of elephants cluster under the great tree for shade. Note that baby is passed out sleeping on the ground beneath his parents to the left. Heavenly, peaceful, and content.

SAFARI: A Memory of Elephants

A Memory of Elephants Clusters Together On the Serengeti
A Multi-Generational Memory of Elephants Clusters Together On the Serengeti

SAFARI –┬áThe SERENGETI
The African elephants are magnificent, majestic animals, remarkably quiet given their size, with only a snort or two here and there most of the time we saw them. How heartbreaking to come back home and find out they face a short and brutally uncertain future with an onslaught of well funded poacher syndicates in their relentless quest for ivory for China, with over 100 elephants a day killed by some estimates. At that rate, they may only last 20 years or less. What a loss that would be to the world, these gentle beautiful creatures with their lifelong memories.

SAFARI: Crater Cloudscapes and All Creatures, Great And Small

Out Of The Crater On The Way To The Serengeti - This Guy
Out Of The Crater On The Way To The Serengeti – This Hungry Guy

SAFARI –┬áNGORONGORO CRATER – PART 2

  • Yeah, I know you can get burned out on too many animal pictures. One of the things I’m mixing up here to try and keep it interesting is closeups–or as I call them “The National Geographic shots”–and some wider views of the plains with the animals dotting the landscape, to give you perspective on what we saw, and reassure you this is not some open air zoo, but their homes. There is an unmistakeable vibe of peacefulness and contentment with the animals here, and though the law of the wild/circle of life still applies, the tranquility of the crater and these magnificent beasts is unmistakeable. That’s part of what makes a trip to Africa a spiritual journey of sorts. Which says a lot, since in my regular life, I’m an earthbound, pragmatic fellow in general. Moreover, if the zoos back home were hard to visit before the trip, we all agreed wed have a very tough time seeing these guys in small enclosures ever again. their spirits soared on these wide open plains, and ours with them.
Believe It Or Not, This Is A Little Antelope.
Believe It Or Not, This Is A Little Antelope.
And This Guy Is the Giant Eland...a Huge Antelope.
And This Guy Is the Giant Eland…a Huge Antelope With An Equally Huge Chin Thingamabob
BW Elephants Look Small In The Ngorongoro Crater
Even Elephants Look Small In The Plains Of The Ngorongoro Crater
Mama Simba Watching For Food
Mama Simba Watching For Food
Then She Stood Up And Wandered Over On The Road Near Our Landcruiser To Scope Out Some NEarby Zebra
Then She Stood Up And Wandered Over On The Road Near Our Landcruiser To Scope Out Some Nearby Zebra
Thomson's Gazelle Kids Playing
Thomson’s Gazelles – Clash Of The Not So Titans
Warthog Kneels To Eat
Warthog Kneels To Eat
Female Ostrich Is The Family Breadwinner
Female Ostrich Is The Family Breadwinner
While Papa Ostrich Waits For The Food From Mama
While Lazy Papa Ostrich Waits Nearby For The Food From Mama
Landcruiser Migration For Black Rhino Sighting
Landcruiser Migration For Black Rhino Sighting, But Ended Up Blocking Rhinos From Crossing The Road
Young Black Rhino
Critically Endangered, But Populations Slowly On the Rise: Young Black Rhino
Mom and Baby Zebra - Note The Coloring Difference
Mom and Baby Zebra – Note The Coloring Difference
Ngorongoro Crater Diversity Is Everywhere
Ngorongoro Crater Diversity Is Everywhere
Rainclouds and Sunbeams With Zebra and Wildbeest
Their Own Slice Of Heaven: Crater Rains and Cloudscape With Zebra and Wildbeest