Friday, January 15, 2010

The Big Cats!

This is my second post summarizing my experiences on our recent trip to Kenya to study East African Raptor Ecology. The first post was on African Fish Eagles and other wildlife at Lake Naivasha, Kenya.

Being a fan of predators, I was very excited by the possibility of seeing big cats in Kenya. I was hoping for two species, but willing to settle for only one. Much to my surprise, at the end of the first day in Maasai Mara we already had two big cats on the list. Two more species by the end of the second day. Very cool. I'll let the photos speak for themselves.

Lion! Maasai Mara.

Cheetah! Maasai Mara.

Obviously not too disturbed by our presence.

Female Lion with hidden cubs.

Approx. 6 week old lion cubs. Maasai Mara.

Approx. 3 month old cubs. Maasai Mara.

Approx. 3 month old cubs. Maasai Mara.

Approx. 3 month old cubs. Maasai Mara.

Coolest of all - The Leopard! Maasai Mara.

Leopard. Maasai Mara.

The fourth species is the African Wildcat. Not a great photo, but this cheetah snack (Gazelle) was chasing the African Wildcat through the tall grass.

Gazelle chasing African Wildcat.

On our final day in Nairobi National Park we found a new lion pair. The rangers informed us they have just started mating and will likely hang out together for 6 days. We watched as she flipped her tail in her lovers face!

The newlyweds!

Not everyone gets to play. This male looks on from a distance. Apparently he lost out.

Lonely male lion.

1 comment:

April said...

Wow, I bet that was amazing.