Nose to Nose
Just outside of Nairobi there is a hotel called the Giraffe Manor. This place is dedicated to breeding the species of Giraffe known as Rothschild's. Though these animals live in an enclosed area, the young are released back into the wild after they reach a certain age. The Giraffes at the manor are fond of pellets that the caretakers feed them, and have become at least accustomed, if not fond, of people. This female Giraffe approached me with interest, but quickly discovered that my camera is not as tasty as she had hoped, and immediately chose another visitor to investigate. The Rothschild Giraffe can be easily differentiated from the other Giraffes because it has no markings on the legs below the knee.
In Samburu National Park, Kenya, we came upon a family of African Elephants grazing contentedly by the Uaso Nyiro river. With such a young baby they paid attention to our every move, and the one on the left, gradually moved herself between our vehicle and the baby. African Elephants are a Vulnerable Species, poached for their ivory, and threatend by habitat loss, and ecosystem destruction, they come more and more into conflict with humans. These animals live in a matriarchal social society, and infants depend heavily on elders to learn how to interact appropriately in elephant society. Elephants are highly emotional creatures, and show obvious grief when one of their clan has been killed. It is believed that a baby, who watches her mother murdered, can suffer the same symptoms as a young human child who has been traumatized. These magnificent animals deserve more consideration, respect and protection than they are currently recieving worldwide.
Samburu National Park in Kenya is one of the last places in the world where one can see Grevy's Zebra in the wild. We searched for these elusive beasts for 3 days and finally found a small bachelor herd. These two were practice fighting, and as we watched they moved closer and closer to our vehicle. This shot was taken during the wrestling match part of the fight, where they were taking turns climbing on each other. The largest species of Zebra, the Grevy is poached for it's magnificent skin, and is losing habitat to human encroachment at a rapid rate. It is estimated that only 1500 - 2000 Grevys remain in the wild.